North Coast 500

Travel the Incredible NC500 In Scotland

Bringing together a route of just over 500 miles (516 to be exact) of stunning coastal scenery, white sandy beaches, rugged mountains, remote fishing villages, hidden gems, and a wealth of unforgettable experiences; the North Coast 500 is one of the world’s most beautiful road trips.

Whether you’re looking for an action-packed break, a chance to relax or simply want to see more of the North Highlands’ breathtaking scenery, you will find it on the NC500. Start planning your next adventure today.

Where is the NC500?

As the name suggests, the NC500 is a mostly coastal route which runs adjacent to the northern Scottish coastline. It’s a circular route too, so you can start anywhere along its 516 mile length and it’ll eventually lead you back to where you started, but many who embark on this drive of a lifetime, begin and end their journey in Inverness.

Heading clockwise from Inverness, the NC500 heads west to Applecross on the west coast before heading more or less north to Durness. From there, head east along the rugged North coast to John O’Groats, before heading back South along Scotland’s East coast which eventually leads you back to Inverness.

Motorhome Camping and the NC500

One of the beauties of taking a motorhome anywhere in Scotland, is that you can camp on pretty much any unenclosed land, so you’re free to find an idyllic view of your choice and spend the night, giving you a glorious vista to awaken to the following morning. Being self contained, motorhomes have everything you need on board to allow you to spend your nights ‘off grid’ without being without your modern conveniences. There are however, many campsites along the NC500 should you wish to top up your water and gas, or get an overnight electric hookup. You can choose to wild camp the whole way, stop off at more formal campsites, or mix it up as you see fit.

A word of warning though, if you choose to wild camp, make sure you follow the ‘Scottish Outdoor Access Code’ and make sure you choose your parking spot carefully to avoid getting stuck!

When is the best time to see the NC500?

When the weather’s sunny, the North of Scotland is a place of ethereal beauty, at other times however, it can be prone to screaming gales, torrential rain, freezing temperature’s and impassable snow, so it’s important you choose the right time of year for your motorhome adventure. For the best chance of an enjoyable trip, any time from April to October will give you the best chance to get the most out of your trip, the height of Summer being the absolute best time.

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