Guided Tours of Scotland
North Coast 500 Tour
North Coast 500 Tour
The NC500 is Scotland's long distance road trip route located entirely in the Highlands and takes in some of the most scenic countryside on the mainland. It has a little bit of everything; mountains, sea (Atlantic Ocean and North Sea), deserted beaches, lochs, caves, quaint villages, wide open landscapes, vibrant history, great pubs and hotels, and some of the best whisky distilleries on the planet! The route provides a wide variety of awe inspiring landscapes unmatched anywhere else in Europe & a feeling of remoteness unmatched anywhere else throughout the UK
Although touring the NC500 can start from anywhere, Inverness is the official start and end point as well as being the most logistically convenient location with its status as the Capital of the Highlands providing the visitor with a broad selection of accommodation and eating options as well as good transport links. For those arriving into Glasgow or Edinburgh, the journey time from either city to Inverness is approximately three and a half hours. I can transfer you directly to the start point or it can be done as part of the tour with some fantastic places to visit en route such as; Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Cairngorms National Park, Blair Castle, Culloden and the Speyside Whisky Trail.
An NC 500 Tour requires a minimum of three days to complete (not including travel time to/from Inverness) but a four or five day tour would give you more time to explore the peninsulas, remote beaches, quaint fishing villages and visitor attractions close to the route. There is no need to stick to the NC500 circuit like glue - my own preference is to include Loch Ness, Eilean Donan and Plockton to the southern end of the trip, a much more scenic journey, in my humble opinion, than going via Achnasheen on the official road. Similarly, unless a visit to Dunnet Head and John O'Groats is important to you, I recommend omitting the North East corner of the 500 and cutting across the county of Sutherland, between Bettyhill and Helmsdale, this not only includes the beautiful glens of Strathnaver and the Strath of Kildonan but the unique and remote natural habitat of the Flow Country, the largest area of blanket peat bog in Europe. If you have any of your own preferences that you would like to tack on to a NC500 trip, such as a visit to the Isle of Skye, Orkney, the Small Isles, or even the Outer Hebrides, then just let me know and I will be happy to draw up a unique, bespoke NC500 tour tailored to you.