Top 10 spots on the NC500, Scotland’s own unique version of an epic road trip. The NC500 offers more than 500 miles of superb driving in the stunning Highlands landscape of north-west Scotland.
With towns, villages, castles, beaches, mountains and many more attractions to see, the NC500 makes a great holiday tour in a campervan or motorhome. It’s also acclaimed as an amazing route for motorbikes, cyclists and even walkers.
The start and finish of the route is in the Highlands capital city of Inverness. You can drive the route clockwise or anti-clockwise, a matter for much debate.
Spot dolphins in the Moray Firth from the land spit at Chanonry Point. It’s said to be one of the best places in the UK to see resident dolphins from the land.
Smoo Cave, Durness
Smoo Cave is the largest cave in Scotland and was formed by the erosion of sea and a river. It’s a fascinating place to visit. See Smoo Cave.
RSPB Forsinard, near Thurso
The largest of the RSPB’s reserves, the organisation is working to preserve and restore the traditional peatlands in this area of Scotland. Summer is the best time of year to visit, when golden plovers, hen harriers and greenshanks breed, although it’s beautiful in all seasons
Walk on self-guided trails or join a guided outing. Don’t miss the Flows Lookout Tower for view of the type of pools that are found throughout the Flow Country. See RSPB Forsinard
Sandwood Bay, just south of Cape Wrath
You’ll need to leave the campervan behind and take a walk to this beach but your efforts are rewarded with a stunning stretch of sand and the dazzling Atlantic sea. See Walk Highlands for route details.
Sango Bay, Durness
Golden sands, rocks, sand dunes and plenty of sheltered outcrops make Sango Bay a fantastic place to visit. It is easily accessible from a number of car parks.
Inverness Castle is located in the heart of the city Inverness overlooking the River Ness. It’s easy to spot! Although it is not open to the public – it’s a court house these days – it’s a great building to walk around and look up at and imagine what stories it could tell throughout its long history. You’ll also see a statue of Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald at the front of the castle.
Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland
The stately home of Dunrobin Castle is the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. It makes an interesting and intriguing visit. See Dunrobin Castle
Ben Wyvisis a large and isolated mountain that dominates the landscape, northwest of Inverness. If you have the right kit and experience it’s a great mountain to climb and the views form the top of a fine day are stunning.
Another prominent feature of the landscape in the north-west area of Scotland, Suilven is a mountain that makes the focus of many fantastic photographs. You can also walk to its 731m summit.
One final tip, the NC500 is an epic adventure, so to be enjoyed to its full, we would advise taking your time to enjoy all that it has to offer and adjust to the pace of life. Ideally 1-2 weeks for this adventure.
Counting sheep Campers have wide a range of campervans and motorhomes to hire in Scotland and are conveniently located at the gateway to Scotland. Just a short drive from Edinburgh or Newcastle. If you wish to leave your car with us, no problem we offer free on site secure parking. We also offer an Airport or Train Meet & Greet service, if you wish to travel to us by public transport. It is a great location to start your holiday.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Looking from Glascarnoch towards Ben Wyvis. Pic by: D J Macpherson Creative Commons, Smoo cave. Pic by Florian Fuchs Creative Commons, Forsinard Flow. Pic by: Claire Pegrum Creative Commons, Sandwood Bay. Pic by: Bob Jones Creative Commons, Clachtoll beach. Pic by: Mick Garratt Creative Commons, Inverness Castle. Pic by: Dave Conner Creative Commons, Dunrobin Castle. Pic by: Robert Breuer Creative Commons, Suilven. Pic by Paul Hermans Creative Commons