Discover Scotland’s majestic beauty: The North Coast 500 (NC500)

ByAndrea Thompson

April 24, 2024

Dubbed Scotland’s Route 66, the NC500 is the quintessential road trip. This 516-mile loop is a journey through the heart of the Highlands, offering an immersive experience into the country’s rugged beauty and cultural heritage.

What is the NC500?

The NC500 is a scenic drive that begins and ends at Inverness Castle, taking you through a circuit of the northernmost coastal regions of Scotland. The journey is not just about the drive but the numerous experiences along the way, from the stunning Highland scenery to the rich cultural encounters.

The Route

The NC500 weaves through six distinct regions: Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the Black Isle, and Inverness-shire.  Each area has its own unique charm, from white sandy beaches, rugged mountains to remote fishing villages.

Attractions Along the Way

Opulent castles, picturesque lochs, historical golf courses, smokeries, farm shops, chocolatiers, craft breweries, artisan gin and whisky distilleries, and a diverse array of wildlife.

Why You Should Do It

  • The drive showcases the natural beauty and stunning scenery and beaches that compare with the Caribbean.
  • Experience Scottish hospitality, craftmanship and of course fabulous food.
  • NC500 allows you to explore at your own pace.
  • Explore off the beaten track and uncover some of Scotland’s secret villages and hamlets.
  • Discover walking routes, wildlife, fishing and even golf.

So pack your bags, set your playlist, and get ready to drive into the heart of the Scottish Highlands.