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Where can I get a copy of the North Coast 500 map?

You can download a copy to print and take with you here  alternatively, you can pick up a copy from most Visit Scotland Tourism Information Centres across Scotland. You will also receive a map as part of your membership pack. Head to our members page to find out more.  

If you would like a paper copy of the map posted to you, please send a 'DL' (click here for more info on DL size) stamp-addressed envelope to North Coast 500, Wick Harbour Offices, Wick, Caithness KW1 5HA.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not pay for insufficient postage fees nor incorrect postage sizes so please ensure that the postage is correct!


Is the road suitable for motorhomes/caravans?

For the most part, the route is suitable and many before have completed the route in a motor home.  The 'Bealach Na Ba' stretch however is not suitable for large motorhomes, caravans and inexperienced drivers due to its sharp bends and steep gradients so we would advise taking the slip road  up at the A896 instead which will be much safer for you and your passengers. We would also recommend avoiding the B869 from Lochinver to Kylesku as this can be a tricky route to follow for large vehicles. If you take the A837 back from Lochinver on the the main road you will be fine. As always, please take due caution on the roads and use passing places where possible.

Is the route suitable for walkers? 

Yes! Many people have now tried walking the North Coast 500. Why don't you head to World Walking where you can sign up for support to do the route by foot...

How long would you recommend spending on the route?

We would recommend to fully experience the NC500, you should spend at minimum 5-7 days along the route.


What will the weather be like in...April

Funnily enough, our most popular questions are often.. 'what will the weather be like?' unfortunately, we just cannot give you a definitive answer. The warmest time of the year is typically May-September but we can't guarantee sunshine! 


Is the route suitable November - February?

We can't gurantee 'good' weather so please be mindful that road conditions do vary during the seasons and we always recommend taking caution on the roads and taking out travel insurance in the event that there are hazardous weather conditions affecting your ability to travel. Please bear in mind some large attractions do close over winter, so plan in advance to make sure you won't miss out on your favourites. 


Is the route suitable for cyclists? Do you have any more info on the specifics?

It is! Infact, so many cyclists have already said that the NC500 is one of the best cycling challenges.. in the world! Namely Mark Beaumont!  You can see more specific information at the end of Mark's video and also from the route on Strava. 


Can you wild camp? 

You can! Wild Camping is legal in Scotland however there are guidelines to follow and these are simply; act responsibily, be safe and respect the area on which you decide to stop! There is more info available here. 


Can you give some advice on midges?

Midgies are most prevalent between May and September, particularly in the early mornings and warm evenings. Please be assured it is completely unlikely that your holiday will be largely affected by a few midges or even ruined! Here are some top tips;
  • Bring some repellent, i.e. Avon Skin So Soft or Smidge
  • Midges cannot be found indoors so head inside if you feel irritated
  • There are hats available to deter midges if you are really worried.

Is there a company on the route that will transport my luggage?

Yes! Check out Coast to Coast Highlands on Facebook, or email them at coasttocoasthighlands@btinternet.com 

Can you book my trip for me?

Unfortunately this is not a service that we currently offer, however if you are an enhanced member, one of your benefits includes a personalised itinerary. Head to "become a member" on the home page for more information.

Should I book in advance?

Yes. Absolutely. Definitely. Most of the villages/towns on the NC500 route are small and  accommodation providers may book up in advance.  They may also close at certain times of year.  If you have specific requirements for what you are looking for, you may end up being disapointed if you turn up at the last minute.  This is not to say that accommodation won't be available, just that our advise would always be to book in advance to avoid disapointment.

How can I drive safely around the NC500 route?

We recommend having a read over this link, which gives advice for driving on country roads.