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By North Coast 500
Published: 19th March 2020

North Coast 500 and Coronavirus – Travel Advice from July 2020

Scottish Government guidance has enabled the tourism and hospitality industry to slowly reopen from the 15th July and many businesses around the route have now reopened, some with restrictions in place (see list at bottom of page for further details).

If you are planning to visit the North Coast 500 as restrictions continue to ease, please be considerate to the local communities by following the published guidelines and ensuring that you wear face coverings, practice good hand hygiene and adhere to social distancing guidelines whilst supporting local businesses. Full guidance from the Scottish Government for retail, tourism and hospitality customers can be found here.

We would ask everyone who is considering day trips and overnight stays to please plan ahead carefully and check opening arrangements with the businesses directly. Don’t forget to check our Tops Tips for important Road Safety and Motorhome, Campervan & Caravan advice before you set off.

Current advice from Scottish Natural Heritage asks visitors to keep to day trips which do not involve camping or other overnight stays unless you are using self catering accommodation or a caravan/campervan with self-contained facilities in line with Scottish Government guidance. Camping in tents is permitted from 15th July, but please avoid doing this until wider visitor facilities and accommodation, including public toilets, are fully open. As well as following the Scottish Government guidelines in place to help keep you and our local communities safe, it is important that you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code when visiting the outdoors and remember to leave no trace of your visit.

Remember:
Please keep up to date with and adhere to the latest advice from the Scottish Government including full details on Scotland’s Route Map for moving out of lockdown.
For the latest updates from Scotland’s national tourist board, please see the VisitScotland website.
VisitScotland’s Outdoor Access Guidelines during recovery phases.

Not all businesses are operating as usual due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Here is a note of some of the businesses who are planning to reopen in the near future. This list will be updated as information becomes available. Please check individual listings for full details of any restrictions or changes and contact businesses directly for further information and bookings.

Accommodation

Caravan Parks and Campsites

Dornoch Caravan & Camping Park, Dornoch, Sutherland – Open to motorhomes, caravans and tents. Restrictions apply. Waste disposal offered free to guests and available at a cost for passing visitors.

Ferry View Night Stop, Gills Bay, Caithness – Open to motorhomes, caravans and tents. Restrictions apply. Water and waste disposal available (charge applies to passing visitors).

Fortrose Bay Campsite, Fortrose, Black Isle – Open to motorhomes, campervans and caravans with restrictions in place. Water and waste disposal available to staying guests only. Limited space available for small tents with own facilities and must be booked in advance. Shared facilities closed.

Black Rock Caravan Park, Evanton, Easter Ross – Open to self-contained motorhomes. Water and waste disposal available (charge applies to passing visitors).

Beauly Holiday Park, Beauly, Inverness-Shire – Open to self-contained motorhomes. Water and waste disposal available (charge applies to passing visitors).

Port A Bhaigh Campsite, Achiltibuie, Wester Ross – Open with facilties available for site occupants to use.

Inver Caravan Park, Dunbeath, Caithness – Open to motorhomes, caravans and tent – book in advance. Water and waste disposal available (charge applies to passing visitors).

Windhaven Cafe, Camping & B&B, Thurso, Caithness – Open.

Dornoch Firth Caravan Park, Tain, Easter Ross – Open with restrictions in place. Water and waste disposal available to staying guests only.  Not accepting tents.

Ace Adventures & Hideaways, Forres, Nr Inverness – Accommodation and activities open.

Shore Caravan Park, Lochinver, Sutherland – Open to self-sufficient campers only. Restrictions apply. Water and waste disposal available to staying guests only.

Wick Caravan and Camping Park, Wick, Caithness – Open to self-contained motorhomes. Restrictions apply. Water and waste disposal available to staying guests only. Not accepting tents.

North Coast Touring Park, Melvich, Sutherland – Open to motor-homes, caravans and tents. Please call to book.

Kyle of Tongue Holiday Park, Tongue, Sutherland – Open to motorhomes, caravans and tents. Please book in advance.

Barns Highland, Nairn, Nr Inverness – Open to motorhomes, campervans, caravans and tents with all facilities available (social distancing and additional hygiene measures in place).

Torvean Caravan Park, Inverness – Open to motorhomes and caravans. Currently only one facilities block open to allow for cleaning.

John O Groat’s Caravan & Camping Site, John O’Groats, Caithness – Closed for the remainder of 2020 season, taking bookings for 2021.

B&Bs and Guesthouses

Carndaisy House B&B, Easter Urray, near Inverness – Open to guests.

The Sheiling B&B, Melvich, Sutherland – Open to guests.

Clynelish Farm B&B, Brora, Sutherland – Open to guests.

Old Post Office B&B, Nr Thurso, Caithness – Open to guests.

Tarrel Farmhouse, Portmahomack, Easter Ross – Open to guests.

The Clachan B&B, Wick, Caithness – Open to guests.

Forse of Nature, Latheron, Caithness – Open to guests.

Acer Glen B&B, Inverness – Open to guests.

Pitfaranne Guest House, Inverness – Open to guests.

The Sheiling Guesthouse, Ullapool, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Culgower House B&B, Helmsdale, Sutherland – Open to guests.

Drumlochy Bed & Breakfast, Drumsmittal, Nr Inverness – Open to guests. Restrictions apply.

Creag na Mara B&B, East Mey, Caithness – Open to guests.

Aurora B&B, Murkle, Caithness – Open to guests.

The Old Inn, Gairloch, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Blervie House, Forres, Nr Inverness – Open to guests.

Salmon Landings Guest House, Strathy, Sutherland – Open to guests.

Castle Cottage B&B, Lochcarron, Wester Ross – Welcoming guests from 10th August.

Hotels

Kylesku Hotel, Kyelsku, Sutherland – Hotel and Restaurant open.

Coul House Hotel, Contin, Wester Ross – Hotel and Restaurant open.

Tigh an Eilean Hotel, Sheildaig, Wester Ross – Hotel, Bar and Restaurant open.

The Torridon, by Achnasheen, Wester Ross – Hotel, Bar and Restaurant open.

Pentahotel, Inverness – Hotel, Bar and Restaurant open.

Achness Hotel, Rosehall, Sutherland – Hotel, Bar and Restaurant open.

Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch, Sutherland – Hotel, Beer Garden and Restaurant open.

Northern Sands Hotel, Thurso, Caithness – Hotel, Garden and Restaurant open.

Kinlochewe Hotel, Kinlochewe, Easter Ross – Hotel, Bunkhouse and Restaurant open.

Old School Restaurant and Rooms, Kinlochbervie, Sutherland – Open to guests. Takeaway service in restaurant.

Holborn Hotel, Thurso, Caithness – Hotel and Restaurant open.

The Tongue Hotel, Tongue, Sutherland – Hotel and Restaurant open.

Glenmorangie House, Tain, Easter Ross – Welcoming guests from 14th August on an exclusive use basis.

Self-Catering Houses, Cottages and Apartments

Attadale Holiday Cottages, Strathcarron, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Ceannabeinne Cottage, Rispond, Lairg, Sutherland – Open to guests.

Fodderty Lodge, Strathpeffer, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Apartment 65B, Thurso, Caithness – Open to guests.

Otterburn, Melvaig, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Elderbank Cottage, Balcladich, Sutherland – Open to guests.

Rose Cottage, Badachro, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Taigh an Clachair, Lybster, Caithness – Open to guests.

Roangorm Cottage, Achiltibuie, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Urquhart Mill, Conon Bridge, Black Isle – Open to guests.

Cruachan Holiday Home, Lochinver, Sutherland – Open to guests.

Strathcarron Station House, Strathcarron, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Shiskine, Gairloch, Wester Ross – Self-catering apartment and luxury pod open to guests.

Glamping

Ardgay Glamping Pods, Ardgay, Sutherland – Open to guests.

West Coast Hideaways, Drumbeg, Sutherland – Open to guests.

The Hideaway, Scrafskerry, Caithness – Open to guests.

Ace Adventures & Hideaways, Forres, Nr Inverness – Accommodation and activities open.

Seaboard Breaks, Balintore, Easter Ross – Open to guests.

Culkein Pods, Lochinver, Sutherland – Open to guests.

The Tall Pines Yurt & Bunkhouse, Helmsdale, Caithness – Open to guests.

North Star Glamping, Lybster, Caithness – Open to guests.

Delny Glamping, Invergordon, Easter Ross – Open to guests.

Shiskine, Gairloch, Wester Ross – Self-catering apartment and luxury pod open to guests

The Highland Bothies, Ullapool, Wester Ross – Open to guests.

Barns Highland, Nairn, Nr Inverness – Open to guests.

Hostels & Bunkhouses

The Tall Pines Yurt & Bunkhouse, Helmsdale, Caithness – Open to guests.

Helmsdale Hostel, Helmsdale, Sutherland – Welcoming guests from August.

 

Hire & Rental

Highland Auto Campers, Inverness – Hire available.

Focus Vehicle Rental, Inverness – Hire available.

Highland Defenders, Inverness Airport, Nr Inverness – Hire available.

North Motorhomes, Invergordon, Easter Ross – Hire available.

Haggis Tours, Tore, Nr Inverness – Motorcycle Hire available.

Ticket to Ride, Inverness – Bike hire available. Booking essential.

 

Food & Drink

Hotels & Restaurants

The Storehouse Restaurant & Farm Shop, Foulis Ferry, Easter Ross – Restaurant and wood fired pizza oven open.

Kylesku Hotel, Kyelsku, Sutherland – Lunch and Dinner served. Booking essential.

Tigh an Eilean Hotel, Sheildaig, Wester Ross – Bar and Restaurant open to guests. Evening reservations only.

Pentahotel, Inverness – Bar and Restaurant open. Reduced menu.

Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch, Sutherland – Beer Garden and Restaurant open.

The Torridon, by Achnasheen, Wester Ross – Bar and Restaurant open.

Achness Hotel, Rosehall, Sutherland – Bar and Restaurant open.

Northern Sands Hotel, Thurso, Caithness – Garden and Restaurant open.

Kinlochewe Hotel, Kinlochewe, Easter Ross – Restaurant open. Takeaway also available.

Forse of Nature, Latheron, Caithness – Cafe open.

Badachro Inn, Gairloch, Wester Ross – Conservatory open. Booking essential.

Holborn Hotel, Thurso, Caithness – Outdoor dining and bar area.

Coul House Hotel, Contin, Wester Ross – Afternoon Tea and Dinner served from 22nd July. Booking essential.

The Tongue Hotel, Tongue, Sutherland – Restaurant and Takeaway service.

Cafes & Takeaway

The Cabin at John O’Groats, John O’Groats, Caithness – Open as usual in accordance with Scottish Government and Industry guidelines.

Carron Restaurant, Strathcarron, Wester Ross – Open for Garden and Takeaway Service only.

West Coast Delicatessen, Ullapool, Wester Ross – Open for outdoor cafe dining, takeaway and retail.

Kishorn Seafood Bar, Lochcarron, Wester Ross – Open for garden seating and takeaway. Evening meals collection only.

Old School Restaurant and Rooms, Kinlochbervie, Sutherland – Takeaway only from restaurant.

Crazy Horse Coffee Shop & Restaurant, Invergordon, Easter Ross – Open to customers.

Halladale Inn, Melvich, Sutherland – open for takeaway

Retail

Applecross Smokehouse, Applecross, Wester Ross – Open for online/collection orders only.

Robertson’s The Larder, Beauly, Nr Inverness – Open 7 days a week with social distancing rules in place. Online ordering service available.

The Jammery Culkein, Culkein, Sutherland – Open Monday to Saturday. Social distancing measures in place.

West Coast Delicatessen, Ullapool, Wester Ross – Open for outdoor cafe dining, takeaway and retail.

The Storehouse Restaurant & Farm Shop, Foulis Ferry, Easter Ross – Deli and Food Hall open.

 

Attractions, Activities & Experiences

Liquid Footprints – Operating as usual in accordance with Scottish Government and Industry guidelines.

West Highland Marine, Gairloch, Wester Ross – Operating as usual in accordance with Scottish Government and Industry guidelines.

Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron, Wester Ross – Open with restrictions in place.

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Sutherland – Open with restrictions in place.

Latitude 57, Badachro, Wester Ross – Open with reduced hours. Social distancing measures in place.

Ace Adventures & Hideaways, Forres, Nr Inverness – Accommodation and activities open.

The Old School Beauly, Beauly, Nr Inverness – Open Monday to Saturday. Social distancing measures in place.

The Jammery Culkein, Culkein, Sutherland – Open Monday to Saturday. Social distancing measures in place.

Wick Golf Club, Wick, Caithness – Open to visitors and members. Tee times must be booked in advance.

Haggis Tours, Tore, Nr Inverness – Minibus and Motorcycle Tours available.

West Coast Fishing, Applecross, Wester Ross – Operating as usual in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines.

Ticket to Ride, Inverness – Cycling holidays available to book.

Tarbat Discovery Centre, Portmahomack, Easter Ross – Open for pre-booked visits.

Gairloch Museum, Gairloch, Wester Ross – Open. Guaranteed entry available by pre-booking.

Tain & District Museum, Tain, Easter Ross – Open by appointment only.

Karen Thorburn Photography, Balblair, Easter Ross – Photography workshops due to restart 24th August.

North Coast Explorer Tours – East Mey, Caithness – Operating as usual in accordance with Scottish Government and Public Health guidelines.

 

Services

Scourie Filling Station, Scourie, Sutherland – [email protected] available 24/7. Reduced shop opening hours

Toilets – Highland Council has a searchable map facility of public toilets including those operated under local Comfort Schemes. It is understood that these are now all open with enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures in place.

 

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