North Coast 500, Scotland

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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens from a drone, North Coast 500, Scotland

Welcome to the North Coast 500, a breathtaking journey towing a caravan or driving your new motorhome through the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. Travel in your motorhome or pitch up with your caravan.

Stretching over 500 miles, this route takes you through some of the most picturesque scenery in Scotland, including the Black Isle, Caithness, Easter Ross, Inverness-Shire, Sutherland, and Wester Ross. Prepare for an unforgettable caravan adventure filled with historic castles, charming villages, rugged coastlines, and majestic mountains.

Black Isle North Coast 500:

Chanonry Lighthouse on the Black Isle from a drone, Chanonry Point, East Coast of Scotland, UK
Chanonry Lighthouse on the Black Isle from a drone Chanonry Point East Coast of Scotland UK

Despite its name, the Black Isle is not an island but a peninsula located just north of Inverness. Here are some highlights:

Chanonry Point:

This is one of the best places in Scotland to spot dolphins. Head to the lighthouse at Chanonry Point, particularly at low tide, to see these magnificent creatures playing in the Moray Firth.

Fortrose Cathedral:

Fortrose Cathedral on the Black Isle in Scotland.
Fortrose Cathedral on the Black Isle in Scotland

Explore the ruins of this medieval cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century. The cathedral sits in a picturesque location overlooking the sea.

Rosemarkie Beach:

Changeable weather, stormy coming on sunny day at Rosemarkie bay, Scotland. Rosemarkie in the distance, beach in the foreground.
Changeable weather is coming on a sunny day at Rosemarkie Bay Scotland Rosemarkie in the distance beach in the foreground

Enjoy a stroll along the sandy shores of Rosemarkie Beach, known for its scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere.

Black Isle Caravan and Motorhome Campsites:

Bunchrew Caravan Park

Bunchrew, Inverness, Highlands

Waterside, family friendly park along the Beauly Firth, within 15 minutes of Inverness and Loch Ness. Dog friendly.

Rosemarkie Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Highlands

The site in Rosemarkie is ideally located on the shore of a half-moon bay on the Moray Firth.

Dingwall Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Dingwall, Highlands

The site is ideal for visiting the Highlands as well as relaxing for a while in your caravan or motorhome.

Fortrose Bay Campsite

Fortrose, Highlands

Touring site on the shores of the Moray Firth, close to Inverness and Loch Ness, on the lovely Black Isle.

Cromarty Camping

Black Isle, Cromarty, Highlands

Coastal touring pitches overlooking expansive seascape in the Scottish Highlands, perfect for a NC500 stopover.

Caithness North Coast 500:

A panorama view of the wild Caithness coast and the Noss Head Lighthouse
A panorama view of the wild Caithness coast and the Noss Head Lighthouse

Located at the northeastern tip of Scotland, Caithness is known for its dramatic cliffs, historic sites, and rugged coastline.

John O’Groats:

The signpost at John O’Groats in Caithness, in the far north of Scotland.
The signpost at John OGroats in Caithness in the far north of Scotland

This iconic village is famous for being the northeasternmost point of the British mainland. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with the iconic signpost marking the distance to Land’s End.

Castle of Mey:

A wide angle shot of Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland with a manicured lawn
A wide angle shot of Castle of Mey in Caithness Scotland with a manicured lawn

Visit the former residence of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Explore the beautiful gardens and learn about the history of this historic castle.

Duncansby Head:

The sea stacks of Duncansby Head, the most northeasterly part of both the Scottish and British mainlands, slightly northeast of John o' Groats in Caithness, northeast Scotland.
The sea stacks of Duncansby Head the most northeasterly part of both the Scottish and British mainlands are slightly northeast of John o Groats in Caithness Northeast Scotland

Take a hike to Duncansby Head to see the spectacular sea stacks, including the famous Duncansby Stacks, which rise dramatically from the sea.

Easter Ross North Coast 500:

At 1485 ft above sea level, the Fyrish Monument was built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill (Cnoc Fyrish), in Fyrish near Evanton, Easter Ross, Scotland
At 1485 ft above sea level the Fyrish Monument was built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill Cnoc Fyrish in Fyrish near Evanton Easter Ross Scotland

Easter Ross is known for its rich history, stunning coastline, and charming villages.

Glenmorangie Distillery:

Exterior of Glenmorangie whisky distillery in Tain, ross-shire, which produces single malt whisky. Popular visitor attraction. Tain Scotland UK. April 2018
The exterior of Glenmorangie whisky distillery in Tain ross shire produces single malt whisky Popular visitor attraction Tain Scotland UK

Whisky enthusiasts should visit the Glenmorangie Distillery, where they can learn about the whisky-making process and taste their renowned single malts.

Dornoch:

Aerial view of Dornoch Beach, Scotland
Aerial view of Dornoch Beach Scotland

Explore the historic town of Dornoch, known for its beautiful sandy beach, 12th-century cathedral, and picturesque streets with charming shops and cafes.

Falls of Shin:

Fishes go for spawning upstream. Vimba jumps over waterfall on the Venta River, Kuldiga, Latvia
Falls of Shin Scotland

Head inland to the Falls of Shin, where you can watch Atlantic salmon leap upstream during summer. There are also walking trails and a visitor centre with exhibitions about the local wildlife.

Easter Ross Caravan and Motorhome Campsites:

Riverside Chalet and Caravan Park

Strathpeffer, Highlands

Touring, camping and a cosy bell tent in the centre of the Highlands, near the Munro mountains and Strathpuffer 24.

Rosemarkie Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Highlands

The site in Rosemarkie is perfectly located on the shore of a half-moon bay on the Moray Firth.

Dingwall Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Dingwall, Highlands

The site is ideal for visiting the Highlands and relaxing for a while.

Fortrose Bay Campsite

Fortrose, Highlands

Touring site on the shores of the Moray Firth, close to Inverness and Loch Ness, on the lovely Black Isle.

Dornoch Firth Caravan Park

Tain, Highlands

A family-run park in the Highlands, by Tain and the Glenmorangie Distillery – a world of wonder north of Inverness!

Portmahomack Caravan Site

Portmahomack, Tain, Highlands

Small, church-owned caravan site facing onto the beach in small seaside village at the end of the Tarbat Peninsula.

Cromarty Camping

Black Isle, Cromarty, Highlands

Coastal touring pitches overlooking expansive seascape in the Scottish Highlands, perfect for a NC500 stopover.

Inverness-Shire:

A beautiful rainy cloudscape over a cityscape of Inverness and bridge in Scotland, United Kingdom
A beautiful rainy cloudscape over a cityscape of Inverness and bridge in Scotland United Kingdom

Inverness-Shire is home to the bustling city of Inverness and some of the most scenic landscapes in Scotland.

Loch Ness:

View of the Loch Ness in Scotland in the summer
View of the Loch Ness in Scotland in the summer

No visit to Inverness-Shire is complete without a stop at Loch Ness, famous for its legendary monster, Nessie. Take a boat tour of the loch or hike along the shores for stunning views.

Culloden Battlefield:

Memorial Cairn at  the battlefield of Culloden near Inverness
Memorial Cairn at the battlefield of Culloden near Inverness

Step back in time at Culloden Battlefield, the site of the infamous Battle of Culloden in 1746. Visit the visitor centre to learn about the Jacobite uprising and its impact on Scottish history.

Urquhart Castle:

Urquhart Castle Scotland United Kingdom

Explore the atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle, which sits on the shores of Loch Ness. Climb the Grant Tower for panoramic views of the loch and surrounding countryside.

Sutherland North Coast 500:

Stac Pollaidh (left)  and Cul Beag Mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.
Stac Pollaidh left and Cul Beag Mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland

Sutherland is a sparsely populated region known for its wild and rugged landscapes.

Smoo Cave:

A small wooden bench stands in front of the Smoo Cave in Durness, United Kingdom
A small wooden bench stands in front of the Smoo Cave in Durness United Kingdom

Discover the dramatic Smoo Cave, one of the largest sea caves in Scotland. Take a guided tour to explore the cave’s chambers and learn about its geological history.

Cape Wrath:

The shore of the northern ocean is made of stones covered with colorful moss Teriberka Barents Sea Murmansk region Kola Peninsula

For the adventurous traveller, Cape Wrath offers the chance to visit the northwesternmost point of mainland Britain. Reachable only by ferry and a rugged minibus ride, Cape Wrath is a remote and wild destination.

Sandwood Bay:

A gloomy scenery of two mountains standing in the ocean in Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK
A gloomy scenery of two mountains standing in the ocean in the Isle of Lewis Outer Hebrides Scotland UK

Hike along the dramatic coastline to reach Sandwood Bay, a remote and unspoiled beach known for its pristine sands and towering sea stacks.

Wester Ross North Coast 500:

An old boat on the shore at Kenmore on the Applecross Peninsula in Scotland
An old boat on the shore at Kenmore on the Applecross Peninsula in Scotland

Wester Ross is renowned for its rugged mountains, stunning lochs, and picturesque villages.

Applecross Peninsula:

A fluffy brown highland cattle enjoying the sunshine in the green field
A fluffy brown highland cattle enjoying the sunshine in the green field

Take the scenic drive over the Bealach na Bà mountain pass to the Applecross Peninsula. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and sea, and stop for a meal at the famous Applecross Inn.

Torridon:

Coastal view of a sea loch on the Isle of Skye Scotland

Explore the Torridon area, known for its dramatic mountain scenery and outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. Be sure to visit the charming village of Shieldaig and take a boat tour of Loch Torridon.

Inverewe Garden:

Discover the exotic plants and lush landscapes of Inverewe Garden, a botanical garden created in the 19th century. Wander through the diverse collection of plants worldwide and enjoy the stunning views of Loch Ewe.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, history, or simply breathtaking scenery, the North Coast 500 has something to offer every traveller. Embark on this epic journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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