Wester Ross

A land of stunning loch and mountain scenery, with magnificent white sandy beaches

Plan your trip around one of Scotland's most beautiful coastal routes

North Coast 500: More than 500 miles of the best the North Highlands has to offer. The route runs to and from Inverness, venturing round the capital of the Highlands, up the West coast and back via the rugged north coast.

Visit Wester Ross

The Bealach Na Ba

This notorious stretch of road is notorious for two things; the steep gradients and sharp turns... and the simply breath-taking scenery!

Definitely one for the bucket list, the Bealach Na Ba draws worldwide attention all year round and is not for the faint hearted or perhaps those less experienced in driving! Please be careful on these roads - it is truly worth it!

Please note this stretch is not suitable for large caravans and motorhomes and we would suggest taking the slip road on the A896 instead.

A land of breath-taking landscapes, seascapes and simply spectacular scenery... Welcome to Wester Ross!

Wester Ross is part of the region of Ross-shire along with Easter Ross and is the first area you arrive in after taking off in Inverness. A truly stunning area of extravagant landscapes, lochs and roads, your NC500 journey will really begin to light your imagination as you drive.

The Bealach Na Ba (pronounced Bee-all-ach-Na-Ba) is only one of the first break-taking encounters in Wester Ross, followed by numerous lochs such as Loch Ewe, Loch Torridon and Loch Maree. You can find out more about the lochs in our blog page at the post named after the brilliant local guide, produced by 'Visit Wester Ross', ''The Six Lochs of Wester Ross'.
The main town of Wester Ross is Ullapool which is massively popular with travellers from all across the world due to its lively atmosphere and friendly locals. Ullapool is also the home of Loopallu, the north's fantastic musical festival. 'Loopallu' is held in September each year and holds the title for most rural festival in Scotland! Acts that have played here before include Paolo Nutini and this year you can listen to Mumford and Sons! Find out more here.
Ideal for adrenaline junkies, Wester Ross also provides an abundance of activities to experience! Fancy gorge-scrambling or off-roading? Where better to try it than Wester Ross?

Destination: Aultbea! The picturesque village of Aultbea on the Northern Shore of Loch Ewe. 

The village of Aultbea winds along the shore of the magnificent sea loch of Loch Ewe, all the way out to Mellon Charles. Originally, a small crofting & fishing community, Aultbea is now a fabulous & delicious pit stop, bursting with developing businesses, artisan businesses & artists.
Aultbea and the nearby Laide can be found on the North West coast of Wester Ross, approximately 155 miles from the starting point of the North Coast 500 and offers stunning panoramic views over the surrounding area, with plenty of things to see and do. Whether it is a day visit, relaxing short break or a longer stay - we'll have something to keep you entertained!
The community have come together to create ideas especially for the North Coast 500 fans on things to see and do and enjoy during your stay in Aultbea! Head over to our Blog page to read more about Aultbea in the post titled 'Destination: Aultbea!

Fuel your vehicle, your body and your soul in Aultbea!

Latest News

Laura Mackinnon from the NHI Team tells us more about the most eagerly anticipated event in the Highlands Calendar. 
Top road safety tips to help you travel safely and responsibly on the NC500


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Handy Information about your adventure

  • There are petrol stations in Ullapool, Gairloch, Applecross, Laide, Kinlochewe & Lochcarron. 
  • Wester Ross is the home of the North Highlands biggest music festival, Loopallu.
  • The nearest tourist information centres are in Ullapool & Lochcarron. 
  • Please be cautious on some Wester Ross roads as some are single track and require extra care.