Where is the official start of the NC500?
The route begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle which, perched on top of a hill, is the perfect starting point to the route and offers unparalleled views from its viewing tower over the capital city of the Highlands.
What is the North Coast 500 in Scotland?
The North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to route 66 and one of the most beautiful coastal touring routes in the world (well, we think so, anyway!). Bringing together just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery, the route follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands.
Can you walk the NC500?
Is the route suitable for walkers? Yes! Many people have now tried walking the North Coast 500. Why don’t you head to World Walking where you can sign up for support to do the route by foot…
Is Applecross worth visiting?
Yes, it is well worth it. I have done it in June in a large motor home without problems.
How long does it take to drive the NC500?
The North Coast 500 is not a route to be driven quickly. Not only would it be unsafe to race along it, but you’ll want to drive it at a relaxed pace to take in the wonderful scenery! Our advice is to allow at least 5 days to drive the full route round-trip, although more days will obviously allow you to see more.
Why is it called the NC500?
The NC500 route traces the top section of mainland Scotland in a loop. This remote part of the country is becoming more and more popular, especially with lovers of the great outdoors and road trippers. It gets its name from the length of the loop, which stands at just over 500 miles, or 516 miles (830km) to be exact.
How long does it take to cycle the NC500?
This 500-mile loop around the North Highland coast is perfect cycling country. Unless, like adventurer, broadcaster and Cycling UK member Mark Beaumont, you do it in 38 hours.