NORTH COAST 500
Every holiday to Scotland is special, but there’s something unique and magical about the iconic North Coast 500.
This stunning ‘bucket-list’ route is the ultimate Scottish road trip and covers just over 500 miles in a loop of the north of Scotland. You can travel clockwise or anti-clockwise and along the way encounter some of the country's most stunning scenery. Think rugged coastlines, secluded beaches, charming villages and historic landmarks, all complemented by the finest food from Scotland's natural larder and, of course, the chance to try some of the world's best drams.
Starting from Inverness, the 'Capital of the Highlands', the North Coast 500 route winds past the historic town of Dornoch, taking in the rugged and windswept East Coast. From John O'Groats, the northern most tip of the mainland, you head west along the remote north coast, before turning south by Durness. As you make your way down the picturesque west coast to Applecross, you'll pass many inviting sandy beaches before you head inland, back towards Inverness.
Night 1: Starting at Inverness staying a night at the 4-star Kingsmill Hotel Inverness, B&B in a Double Room
Drive from Inverness to Gairloch, via Applecross: 4 hours
Night 2: Staying a night at the 3-star Myrtle Bank Hotel Gairloch, B&B in a Standard Double Room
Drive from Gairloch to Ullapool: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Night 3: Staying a night at the 3-star The Harbour House Ullapool, B&B in a Standard Double
Drive from Ullapool to Tongue: 2 hours and 40 minutes
Night 4: Staying a night at the 3-star The Tongue Hotel, B&B in a Standard Double
Drive from Tongue to Thurso: Just over 1 hour
Night 5: Staying a night at the 4-star Forss House Hotel Thurso, B&B in a Standard Double
Drive from Thurso to Dornoch: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Night 6: Staying a night at the 4-star Royal Golf Hotel Dornoch, B&B in a Classic Double
Drive from Dornoch to Inverness: around 2 hours
Example prices start from £799 per person based on 6 nights in low season.
- Distance from airports
Inverness 10 miles