Want the ultimate Scottish cycling challenge? Then the North Coast 500 is for you!

This itinerary has been calculated based on around 65 miles cycling per day, slightly more some days and considerably less on others. Please adjust accordingly to  your capabilities as this itinerary is aimed at the serious cyclist.

The North Highlands are a superb location for cycling and mountain biking, you can hire bikes and equipment with
Ticket to Ride in Inverness or West Coast Biking in  Kinlochewe- everything you need for a comfortable tour around the North Coast 500!

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  • Go Outdoors: Telford St, Inverness IV3 5LE
  • Blacks: 3-9 Academy St, Inverness IV1 1JN
  • Trespass: 71, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness IV2 3PP
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. Itineraries      are based on main seasonality opening times March-September - Remember to pre book meals/activities (please note that not everywhere will have cyclist storage).

*Make sure you read our road safety section on cycling the NC500 section on our website – Read our blogs for interesting information on cycling the NC500, written by local cyclists.

*Watch out for wildlife and farm life who also like to roam these roads! 
*Remember the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland is lower than anywhere else in the UK: 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. If you are the designated driver and visiting  breweries and distilleries across the route, many of them will provide samples for your to enjoy back at your accommodation provider or on your return home.

* Adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Code
* Wear sensible clothing and footwear


Inverness to Lochcarron (approx. 66 miles)

  Today is just a warm up!

  Kickstart your morning with a wholesome Highland breakfast at Velocity Cafe & Bicycle Workshop in Inverness, a haven for cyclists! Meet like-minded cyclists before you make your way along the North Coast 500!

  This morning’s cycle you will follow the route through the villages of Beauly, Muir of Ord and Contin. You may wish to stop at the Coul House Hotel for a mid-morning coffee break before continuing on along the route or stock up on some nutritious snacks for lunch at Contin Village Store.

  Stop by Glen Ord Distillery (Muir of Ord) for a tour of one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland or perhaps stretch your legs at the famous fish ladder of Rogie Falls, just over a mile North West of Contin- there are a series of waterfalls and forest trails. 
  You will cover roughly 45 miles this morning, take a rest from the pedals and soak up the scenery in Achnasheen with a picnic.

  From Achnasheen, you will follow the A890 cycling alongside Loch Gowan on the left and the beautiful Ledgowan Forest on the right. As you near Lochcarron, the road becomes single track road…You will reside here for the night, in the stunning wee village of Lochcarron, amidst some of the finest scenery along the route. 
We have suggested a few options for your first night stay…Fancy a B&B? Loch Dubh Bed and Breakfast offers superb luxury Bed & Breakfast. Their setting allows for a peaceful stay away from the traffic on the main street, coupled with stunning views. They also have a separate chalet in the grounds sleeping a maximum of five people!
Alternatively, and pictured right, is the Sithean (pr. 'she-hen', in Gaelic 'The fairy hill') ,a modern home in the traditional crofting village, which offers a cosy night stay and secure bicycle storage. You will receive a warm Highland welcome from both B&Bs and you can even order packed lunches for your following day (on request).

Alternatively, Sanachan Bunkhouse is located at the foot of the Bealach na ba- the perfect pit stop for a group. Grab yourself a bunk and warm yourself by the fire...(Remember your sleeping bag!)

Cook up a feast at , Sanachan Bunkhouse or from Lochcarron, try the fantastic family run Carron Restaurant approximately 6 or 7 miles from your accommodation– If you fancy the cycle or perhaps a walk? It is really worth the effort! 

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