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Active Adventurer Itinerary


Need any supplies prior to your trip? Inverness boasts several outdoor equipment specialists to serve your every need!

GoOutdoors Inverness, Glendoe Terrace, Inverness
Tiso, 2 Henderson Road, Inverness
Blacks, 3-9 Academy Street, Inverness

NB: Please note that all our itineraries are based on suggestions alone. If you would like a more comprehensive option please head to our interactive map.


Day One


Hope you enjoyed the trip up to Inverness!
Time to get on the road. Head west out of Inverness towards Beauly, through Strathpeffer and finally towards Wester Ross.  

How about lunch at Carron Restaurant?
This family run restaurant on the south shore of Loch Carron serves fantastic home baking alongside meals throughout the day. 


You will be driving through the spectacular Bealach na Bà, Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle,.
The historic pass through the mountains from Applecross, with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%. It boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,054 ft), and is the third highest road in Scotland. This is an adrenaline filled drive and not for the faint hearted. Enjoy a challenge? How about cycling up it?

Set up camp at the Applecross Campsite, or if you don’t fancy camping, how about a night in a wigwam?

Saunter down to the nearby Applecross Inn, which serves meals between 12noon to 9pm. 


Applecross Inn

Shore Street, Applecross, IV54 8LR
01520 744262
Applecross Inn

Day Two


Wakey wakey! Time for an adventure.
Ewe Canoe offer paddling adventures around Loch Ewe, entirely tailored to your ability. 

After this, it’s definitely time for lunch. Good food in bright and spacious surroundings with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere make the Shieling Restaurant one of Gairloch's most popular eating places.


Fancy seeing some wildlife?
Hebridean Whale Cruises offer the chance to see whales, dolphins, porpoises, sharks off the stunning Wester Ross coastline. 

Stock up with any needed supplies in Ullapool, before heading to Ardmair Point to set up camp. The site enjoys one of the most spectacular locations of any in Europe: set adrift on its own peninsula, with the Atlantic lapping at three sides, the Coigach Ridge rising impossibly steeply just to the north and the famed Summer Isles tempting on the horizon.

If you don’t fancy camping there are plenty of welcoming B&Bs.

Take a wander to The Ceilidh Place, which offers relaxed dining and often features live music.

The Sheiling Restaurant

Gairloch, IV21 2BH
The Sheiling Restaurant

Day Three


Start heading north for a challenging day climbing Suilven.
Suilven may be only 731 metres high, but its unique outline, challenging remoteness and superlative views make it one of the finest mountains in Britain.

This climb can take 7-9 hours, so be sure to take lunch, be aware of weather and wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  More advice on hillwalking can be found on the Walk Highlands website!


After an active day you will definitely need fed!
Head to Lochinver for one of the famous Lochinver Larder pies to satisfy any hunger. 

For a good night’s sleep, Tigh Na Sith Guest House is your port of call.


Day Four


Today is your day off,
But that doesn’t mean doing nothing! It is time for an adventure along the whole North coast of Scotland. You’ll start today on the mountainous west coast, and end on the flat east coast, passing lots of exciting hamlets which are ripe for exploring along the north coast. One of the joys of travelling in Scotland is that it is still possible to take a turning off a main road and find at the end of it a gem that can still qualify for the title of undiscovered.


Nip into the Weavers Café on the A836 near Tongue for a spot of lunch, before heading to the delights of Thurso, and through to John O Groats. 

Bank House B&B are ready to meet all your needs should you wish to stopover in Thurso; however we also highly recommend thet sumptuous accommodation found at Natural Retreats in John O'Groats. Perfect for staying more than just one day too, 

For your penultimate evening, how about treating yourself to a slap up meal at No 1 Bistro at  Mackays. Situated on the shortest street in the world (Guinness World Record holder!), there has been considerable effort gone to to ensure the freshest local ingredients. 

Day Five


With 18km of trails on Ben Bhraggie (or Beinn a'Bhragaidh to give it its proper, Gaelic name), the Highland Wildcat Trails at Golspie have something for every ability of mountain biker with black, red and blue trails. The massive Sutherland monument, locally known as the 'The Mannie', marks the top, and rom this point there is the longest singletrack descent in the UK at around 7000m trail leading back to the town of Golspie.


After all that exercise, how about a brilliant feed?
The Trawler Restaurant and Takeaway has built an excellent reputation locally for the quality of its food.  

Head to Tollie Red Kites near Dingwall, run by the RSPB. With stunning views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis, Tollie Red Kites provides close-up views of our most graceful bird of prey. A team of volunteers feed the birds every day and you can watch them feed from the comfort of a specially-converted farmstead building.

After this, head down the road to Inverness, where the end of your adventure awaits. 

Well done! you have completed the North Coast 500!