Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for driving the North Coast 500 and NC500 route map. All of our itineraries are fully flexible and we would be delighted to add additional nights, or tailor the route to match your interests. Please request this when making an enquiry

Day 1 - Arrive Inverness
Arrive in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you can wander along the picturesque banks of the River Ness, see Pictish carvings at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, or go in search of ‘Nessie’ at nearby Loch Ness.
Overnight - Inverness

Day 2 - Inverness to Wester Ross
Your journey on the NC500 begins today. Travel west to the tranquil Applecross Peninsula and enjoy one of the most spectacular road trips in the British Isles, with jaw-dropping views across to the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye. Picturesque fishing villages and crofting townships are scattered all along the coast.
Overnight - Wester Ross

Day 3 - Wester Ross Sightseeing
One of Europe’s last great wildernesses is yours to explore today. Visit famous Inverewe Gardens, go dolphin spotting on a boat trip from Gairloch, walk along miles of deserted white sandy beaches, or enjoy some of the best walking in the country in the ancient mountains of Torridon.
Overnight - Wester Ross

Day 4 - Wester Ross to Ullapool
Your next destination in the north of Scotland is Ullapool - an idyllic, whitewashed fishing village sitting on the banks of Loch Broom. More great beaches await you so take your time, relax and settle into a slower pace of life. 
Overnight - Ullapool

Day 5 - Ullapool Sightseeing
Discover the magical Summer Isles, enjoy an exhilarating walk to the summit of Stac Pollaidh for stunning views of the islands, or a bracing cliff top walk to the Old Man of Stoer.
Overnight - Ullapool

Day 6 - Ullapool to Durness
A wonderfully scenic and winding road passes secluded beaches, secret bays and hidden coves to your destination in the Far North, the spectacularly located village of Durness. Tucked away behind several gorgeous white sandy beaches, Durness is a magical spot and a great base for relaxing beachfront strolls.
Overnight - Durness area

Day 7 - Durness to Thurso
Travel the old road across the very top of Scotland past the remote mountains of Ben Loyal and Ben Hope following the cliffs and stunning golden beaches of our northern coast.

The bustling town of Thurso awaits - a perfect base to explore the wild and rugged far north.
Overnight - Thurso area

Day 8 - Far North Sightseeing
Visit the most northerly point in mainland Britain, Dunnet Head, with its stunning sea cliffs and views across to the Orkney Isles, or the opulent Castle and Gardens of Mey - the Queen Mother’s holiday home. Take a photo at the iconic John O’Groats signpost, or visit Duncansby Head with its awe-inspiring sea stacks.
Overnight - Thurso area

Day 9 - Thurso to Dornoch
Travel south through the unspoilt region of Caithness - a former Viking stronghold - to Dunrobin Castle. The ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland resembles a French chateâu with magnificent gardens and falconry displays.  

The picturesque Royal Burgh of Dornoch is your home for the night. The town has miles of golden sandy beaches to explore, as well as a 13th century Cathedral.
Overnight - Dornoch

Day 10 - Return to Inverness
Continue south through a wild and vastly uninhabited area back to Inverness, where your unforgettable journey on the North Coast 500 will come to an end.