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The Motorcylist's Itinerary

 

They often say, 'four wheels will get you there but two will make the journey memorable'.  If you need anything for your bike prior to your trip? Mitchells Motorcycles has everything you will need!


Mitchells Motorcycles, Delmore, Inverness Scotland, IV3 8RG


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

AM

Arrive in Inverness

Hope you enjoyed the trip up to Inverness! You can’t go to the Highlands and not visit Loch
Ness! The ride is accompanied by stunning views over Loch Ness.

Can you spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster? Dores Inn is a great stop for lunch and has plenty space for parking. As a bonus you can sit outside to enjoy the food and admire the view of Loch Ness (and the bike!) 

PM

Head back towards Inverness and back on to the North Coast 500 – Don’t forget to refuel before heading off!

Follow the B9163 along the coast of the Black Isle, past Culbokie and towards Cromarty. Some great views here across to Aberdeen-shire! 

Continue along the coast on the A832 towards Fortrose. The Anderson provides an ideal base for the night and is the perfect spot for some good food and company in the evening. Drop off any bags here but don’t stay too long, you have a tour at Black Isle Brewery, in nearby Munlochy to try!

 


Day Two

AM

Up and at ‘em!
Fuel up on a hearty Highlands’ breakfast at the Fortrose Café before getting back on to the bike to continue your journey. 

Rain or shine, the view on the east is unrivalled! Stop at The Storehouse of Foulis to spot some seals and taste some of their famous Scottish Tablet. 

Enjoy the run north and soak up the amazing coastal views on your right hand side. Golspie is the home of Dunrobin Castle – the seat of Clan Sutherland! Explore the amazing grounds and Falconry at this spectacular location! Don’t forget the obligatory photo in front of the fountain! 

Don’t forget to fuel up in Brora on your way north – you must be needing petrol by now! 

Get ready for the steep gradient of Berriedale on your way back north! This is a great road for soaking up the scenery of the coast on your right and there are lots of view point stops worth pulling over for pictures to remember the moment!  

PM

You have arrived in John O’Groats!
Did you know this is the most northerly village in mainland Britain? Don’t forget to get your photo taken at the famous signpost! 

The Seaview is a great spot for a hearty lunch, but don’t forget to pick up some locally made ice-cream from Flavours! Our favourite is Toffee Ripple – what’s yours? 

Time to check-in!
The Weigh Inn in Thurso is just 15 minutes away and has the perfect amount of parking space for even the biggest of motorbike groups! A comfy bed and a good chill-out bar to relax and have a game of pool in - just what you need tonight! 

If you cant pull yourself away from John O'Groats, then we highly recommend a stay at Natural Retreats. Go on, give yourself a night of lovely luxury!
 


Day Three

AM

Rise and shine!
Once you’ve refuelled both yourself and your bike (petrol station just 2 minutes away!) get back on that road heading west! 

You’ll find yourself passing through plenty of beautiful rural villages. Pull over in Strathy and find yourself a walk way up the beach. A secluded spot with a wee small cave in-let – your camera will love this!     

Once you arrive in Tongue, pull over and get a picture of the stunning Castle Varich perched on the hill – what a backdrop!. When you go over the bridge, take a right for a small detour and find yourself amongst the stunning coastal scenery here at Talmine! Your bike will look beautiful in front of this view!  

PM

Whilst you are here 
check out The Craggan Hotel for lunch – a few miles up the road, but worth the detour!

Back on the North Coast 500 route now, you are about to pass through the amazing scenery of Ben Loyal, Ben Hope and Loch Eriboll. 

Don’t forget to stop past Smoo Caves in Durness – the largest sea cave in Britain! Take the tour – you won’t regret it! (Please note: Entry to the Smoo Caves is free but the boat tour is £4 for adults and £2 for children.) and of course, remember to check out Sango Sands whilst you are here too! 

Remember to fuel the tank up before you leave! Durness has a 24/7 self-service petrol pump! 

Back on the road now to accommodation – Kylesku Hotel is waiting for you! They have a great wee pub and restaurant to relax in with your group for the night! 


 


Day Four

AM

Good night sleep? 
We hope so! Fill up on breakfast at the hotel before you go!

A photo of Kylesku bridge is becoming something of a tradition here on the North Coast 500 – park up your bikes and capture the amazing backdrop of this stunning bridge! 

If you are a fan of whisky, then stop past Drumbeg Stores in Drumbeg to purchase or do a private bottling of a limited edition Drumbeg Whisky – you won’t get this anywhere else! Drumbeg also have a great selection of local produce and arts and crafts if you have some space for presents - a fine example is the Little Soap and Candle Company located nearby! You can even get a lovely cup of tea and cake here in their Secret Garden...but shh, don't tell too many people about it, it's secret afterall!

The scenery here just gets better and better! Enjoy a stop at Achmelvich and Clachtoll beaches – often said to be the best beaches in the Highlands!  

Come off the route a little to the little village of Lochinver! Spot the marvellous mountains of Suileven with its unique ‘police man’s helmet’ shape and Canisp that shapes the background of the village. 

PM

You can’t leave Lochinver without a pie!
That’s right – Lochinver is the home of the famous Lochinver Larder pies! Stock up – you will regret just buying one of these! 

Back on the road – but not for long because Ardvreck Castle perched on Loch Assynt on your right hand side is calling your name! This gorgeous castle is as pretty as a picture.  

Following the North Coast 500 and the stunning scenery on the coast, you will find yourself at Ullapool, your home for the evening! Explore the area a little before you check in!  How about The Ceilidh Place? You won’t be disappointed with this treat! They serve great meals and often have live music at nights – one of the best spots for atmosphere in the area! 

 


Day Five

AM

Good night?

We hope so! Fill up on a hearty breakfast before you get back on the road. 
Remember to refuel your tank in Ullapool before leaving! 

Catch the fresh open air on the road past the picturesque Loch Broom and Gruinard Bay to Aultbea, a lovely fishing village perched on Loch Ewe. If you need an early ‘pick me up’, stop past the Perfume Studio Café for a warm welcome and a delicious hot cuppa. 

PM

The NC500 will lead your through Poolewe (worth a stop if you have time!) and Gairloch. Don’t forget to stop to check of Big Sands beach at Gairloch with views over to Skye and the Hebrides. After all that exploring you will be feeling peckish - The Old Inn is a great stop (particularly if you are a fan of seafood!), for a lunch break. 

Passing through beautiful spots in Torridon and Kinlochewe, you will find yourself approaching the infamous ‘Bealach Na Ba’, notorious due to its steep gradients and bends! Take your time going around this and don’t forget to take a picture of the sign at the end to mark your journey! Bikers from all over the world have been leaving their group stickers on the sign? Do you recognise any of them? 

If you don’t want the journey to end today, then Applecross Inn is your home for the night – this Inn is multi-award winning and it is not hard to see why! Relax on your final night of the trip here with a delicious menu of local produce and why not get the ‘craic’  with the friendly locals.

 


Day Six

AM

Time to go home!
Follow the North Coast 500 back to Inverness and don’t forget to head back to the castle for your final lap photo! 

PM

well done! you have completed the North Coast 500!