Scotlands North Coast 500!
The North Coast 500 (NC 500) was first marketed in 2014 and its success in attracting tourists from all over the world, whether by bike, motorbike, camper van or sports car, has far exceeded initial expectations.
What is the NC 500? – It is the route that starts and ends in the Highland capital Inverness and circumnavigates the most northerly region of mainland Scotland. The 500 represents the 516 mile journey on offer, whether doing it in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.
Options for the NC 500 – living near Tain on the eastern portion of the NC 500 and having worked in hotels for the last 4 years, I try to advise on alternative options for those looking to explore the region. Following the herd for each and every 516 miles, can be fraught with problems. If you travel in the height of the summer, then you will be sharing the roads with hundreds of camper vans and bike groups, in addition to local traffic. Planning a trip like this requires one to book multiple accommodations. It also means checking in and checking out, packing and unpacking each day – not that relaxing!
A Single Destination – If the purpose of a holiday is to relax and unwind, then choosing one destination, from which to explore the NC 500, is a better option. Dornoch on the east coast, is well positioned, to enable drivers to take day trips in successive days to explore all parts of the NC 500. One base – no daily checking-in/out and no packing and unpacking. More time to enjoy driving and exploring the interior routes that join the coastal sections. The interior roads are in most cases excellent with much less traffic. It takes only 1 hour and 40 minutes to traverse the north of Scotland, from east to west!
Highland Explorer advise and assist travel companies and individual clients with designing exciting NC 500 trips, suited to time availability and budget. We help with accommodation, routes, attraction visits and most succulent pitstops! We also offer guided multi-day trips to all parts of the NC 500 and North Highland region.