Inverness – The capital of the Scottish Highlands and the start and end of your NC500 adventure!
Inverness is a cultural hub – located astride the River Ness. Uncover the city’s fabulous Scottish cuisine, traditional live music and picturesque riverside walks
The capital of the Highlands offers many a things to see and do, not to mention the fantastic scenery and attractions like.
Inverness Castle can be found nestled on the edge and overlooks the flowing River Ness. The red, sand-stone Castle was built in 1836 however, history goes back to the 1500’s where the castle looked much different than it does today. Ancient history tells how Clan Munro and Clan Fraser took the castle in 1562 after supporting Mary Queen of Scots during the seige of Inverness. Apart from the viewing tower, the castle itself is not open to the public. The viewing tower offers 360 degree views of the Highland capital. You can still access the grounds where you can enjoy the fantastic views over Inverness before your head off on your NC500 journey.
The Loch Ness Monster: Fact or Fiction? You decide!
For at least 1,500 years a legend has been told that Loch Ness is home to a mysterious aquatic animal. Some say she is a myth, some say she is a long living plesiosaur, or even some form of sea serpent. Whether real or fake, the Loch Ness Monster, (affectionately nicknamed Nessie by the locals) is definitely one of Scotland’s most famous characters.
Loch Ness is by far and away the UK’s largest body of water, and at 7 billion cubic metres in volume, is big enough to hide the entire human race.. or even a monster or two.
According to legend, Nessie was first sighted in A.D. 565, when St. Columba repelled a water beast after it had killed a man swimming in the River Ness.
One of the first apparent Nessie images was taken in 1934, and is widely known as the Surgeon’s photograph. This photo however, was discovered to be a hoax. Since then, there have been dozens of apparent “Nessie” photos and films, but there has been no concrete evidence proving her existence. She has even shown up on Google Street View and Google Earth!
Fancy spotting Nessie? Take an explore down the shoreline to see if you can catch a glimpse of her. If you want to get serious about your hunt for the elusive beast, Jacobite Cruises offer a variety of length of experiences to satisfy the avid Nessie hunter departing from Inverness!
So whether Nessie is a real plesiosaur, or just a tall “tail” to amuse kids, (and sometimes big kids), it is really up to you to decide.
Handy Information about your adventure
- Inverness Airport offers flights across the UK & Ireland. There is also some EU flights available.
- Inverness Train Station has connections across Scotland & England.
- Inverness Bus Station offers connecting buses across Scotland.
- If you would like to hire a car, check out our interactive map or our online itineraries
NC500 Members in Inverness-Shire
Official NC500 Members
North Kessock HotelNorth Kessock Hotel, Main Street, North Kessock, Inverness, IV1 3XN +44 (0)1463 731 208
Waterside location serving some of the best food locally,perfect for some dolphin spotting and a great base for travelling north and south.Family run hotel and plenty of parking available.
RSPB Scotland Loch Ruthven Nature ReserveRSPB Loch Ruthven, B851, Croachy, Inverness IV2 6UA +44 (0)1463 715 000
This remote and tranquil loch is located at the start of the NC500 and it is pretty as a picture with its surrounding birch woodlands and heather-clad hills. Designated as a Special Protected Area (SPA), RAMSAR and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Loch Ruthven is a fantastic place to take a break and […]
Spacious 2 Bedroom Riverside ApartmentSpacious 2 Bedroom Riverside Apartment, City Centre, Inverness, IV3 8DE
Spacious and bright apartment, located less than 10 minutes walk from the City Centre. With amazing views of the River Ness, Harbour and Kessock Bridge. The apartment has two double bedrooms, one of which is en-suite. The living area is open plan, with a lounge, dining and kitchen area, as well as a large balcony […]
Beauly Holiday ParkBeauly Holiday Park, Beauly Holiday Park, Beauly, IV4 7AY +44 (0)1463 782 374
Newly refurbished, Beauly Holiday Park is the ideal place to start your adventure on to the North Coast 500. (dog friendly – at no extra charge) NC500 Member Discount Available: 15% off your booking for 2nd nights (discount available on return trip) Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email). Winter Opening Hours: Open […]
Chiene+TaitChiene+Tait, Clark Thomson House, Fairways Business Park, Inverness, IV2 6AA +44(0)1463 227 490
Chiene + Tait is an independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisors. With a heritage of over 130 years working with clients, we consider our firm to be innovative and adaptable to client needs. Our independence has helped us to make sure we deliver a quality driven, cost effective service. Our clients are at […]
Inverness City SuitesInverness City Suites, 2-7 High Street, Inverness, IV1 1HY +44 (0)7976 276 505
Luxury serviced apartments in Inverness city centre at High Street and Hedgefield, Culduthel Road Inverness. Apartments are very spacious and can accommodate up to 6 adults or 5 adults and 2 children. All feature fully equipped kitchens and open plan lounge and dining areas. All two bedroom apartments feature both a bathroom and an en-suite […]
Mayfield Guest HouseMayfield Guest House, 23 Tomich, Beauly, Inverness, United Kingdom, IV4 7AS +44 (0)1463 782 255
2 minute walk to Beauly Square , our house is on the north side of the village , surrounded by large lawn, trees and shrubs. Our ensuite rooms are comfy,bright, warm, spacious, and well equipped . Bicycles can be locked up in the garage. Breakfast consists of a selection of fruit, yoghurt, cereals, toast, tea […]
Blervie HouseBlervie House, Rafford, Forres, Moray IV36 2RU +44 (0)1309 674 629
Blervie House – your home from home in the Scottish Highlands. Blervie is a historic Scotland listed Country House set in a delightful rural setting that has recently undergone a significant renovation resulting in a comfortable house that combines the best of Stately Home elegance with twenty first century modern conveniences. Blervie is a very […]
Haggis ToursHaggis Tours, The Workshop, Swallow House, Tore, IV6 7RY +44 (0)1463 800 041
Haggis Tours offers Bespoke Motorcycle Tours & also Motorcycle Hire in the Highlands of Scotland.
Ecosse EV38 Ardconnel Street, Inverness, IV2 3EZ +44 (0)1462 589 500
Exploring the North Coast 500 has never been more exciting since the launch of the all-electric Tesla supercar. Hit the open road and experience Scotland’s iconic landscapes in the car everyone’s talking about. The North Coast provides a 500-mile electric circuit of recharging stations and we truly believe in the magic it offers any road […]
Mitchell’s Motocycles LTDMitchell's Motocycles LTD, Delmore, Inverness, IV3 8RG +44 (0)1463 233 478
Situated on the opening leg of the NC500, we are a long established motorcycle dealer. We have a lightweight Yamaha franchise, and sell a large selection of used bikes, fully fitted workshop, MOT bay, parts department and extensive clothing department. A warm Highland welcome awaits.
North 500 MotorhomesTorvean Caravan Park, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 8JL +44 (0)1463 220 582
North 500 Motorhomes hire is conveniently located in the centre of Inverness at Torvean Caravan Park – right at the start of the North Coast 500 route! Our fleet of 2017 and 2018 6-berth motorhomes offer a luxurious and comfortable option for exploring as well as being fully equipped for your trip. Our rates also […]
Ticket to Ride HighlandsTicket to Ride Highlands, The Pavilion, Bellfield Park, Inverness, IV2 4SZ +44 (0)1463 419 160
Bike hire for The North Coast 500. We’re bike hire specialists and the quality of our bikes and accessories is unrivalled. Our bikes are new each year and maintained by a team of qualified bike mechanics to ensure your reliability and safety. We also operate cyclist transport service to take you to the best cycling […]
The FriaryThe Friary, Beauly Square, Beauly, IV4 7BX +44 (0)7846 568 578
The Friary is a popular fish and chip take away serving the best quality products which are sourced locally, including breaded queen scallops, Gairloch landed scampi, flour dusted calamari, sustainable breaded and battered North Atlantic haddock, homemade fishcakes, meat products from local Beauly butchers. Everything is cooked to order ensuring a better tasting product, we […]
ACE Adventures & HideawaysAuchnagairn, Forres, IV362QL +44 (0)1309 611 729
ACE are located near to the beginning and end of the NC500, an ideal way to start or finish your amazing Scottish adventure! Complimentary ACE Membership offers 10% discount on any accommodation and activities at ACE and automatically enters you into the draw for a two night adventure break for four people! Play – […]
The Malt RoomThe Malt Room, 34 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1EH +44 (0)1463 221 888
The Malt Room is a family-owned specialist whisky bar in the heart of Inverness. We are proud to offer a truly diverse selection of world-renowned and locally produced whiskies, spirits and craft beers. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to guide you through our extensive selection- whether you are new to the whisky world […]
Arnold Clark Car & Van RentalArnold Clark Car & Van Rental, Edgar Road, Elgin, IV30 6YQ +44 (0)1343 552 499
Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental has over 35 branches throughout the UK, covering all major Scottish airports, and Manchester airport. We offer a range of competitively priced vehicles for hire, including 4x4s, automatics, 9-seaters and vans. We provide a wide range of additional services that you can add to your booking to make the […]
Torvean Caravan ParkTorvean Caravan Park, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 8JL +44 (0)1463 220 582
Sitting on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, in the centre of Inverness, Torvean Caravan Park is a small, select caravan park with 55 pitches for caravans and motor homes as well as 6 well-appointed and comfortable holiday caravans to hire. A quiet and tranquil park with everything you need on site, it’s a perfect […]
Highland Motorcycle HireHighland Motorcycle Hire, Unit 12, Tomich Industrial Estate, Muir of Ord, IV6 7WA +44 (0)1463 870 541
Located at the start of the North Coast 500 near Inverness. Highland Motorcycle Hire has the widest range of the latest motorcycles available in Scotland. Experienced, established, friendly service. NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% Discount on any rental Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).
Campbell’s of BeaulyCampbells of Beauly, Highland Tweed House, Beauly, IV4 7BU +44 (0)1463 782 239
Established in 1858, Campbell’s of Beauly is an iconic privately owned, family run country tailor and outfitters globally recognised for its commitment to quality. The shop has been operating in the same premises since 1858 stocking both men and ladieswear, and still maintains the same charming character which has been carried throughout the five generations. […]
Ord House HotelOrd House Hotel, Ord House, Ord, Muir of Ord, IV6 7UH +44 (0)1463 870 492
A beautiful and historic, family run manor house hotel and restaurant. Comfortable and atmospheric the bedrooms are individually decorated, public rooms have open log fires and there is a large garden from which to admire the views, take in the night skies and enjoy an aperitif. Dinner is served every day between 18:00 – 20:30 […]
Inverness Coffee Roasting CompanyInverness Coffee Roasting Company, 15 Chapel Street, Inverness, IV1 1NA +44 (0)1463 242 555
Coffee roaster, supply to trade and retail. Cafe and coffee shop
Highland Apartments by MansleyHighland Apartments by Mansley, Living by the Bridge, 21 - 23 Bridge Street, Inverness, United Kingdom, IV1 1HD +44 (0)8003 047 160
Luxury one and two bedroom serviced apartments with parking in the centre of Inverness. Most apartments feature a balcony or terrace with many overlooking the river. NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% off best available rate. Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).
Wild Pancakes88 Church street Inverness, IV11 EP +44 (0)7454 478 231
The North Coast 500’s first pancake house! Our family owned pancake house offers authentically, nutritious and unbelievably delicious organic based pancakes! We offer savoury and sweet options (including gluten free, dairy free and vegan options) for a late breakfast, lunch or dinner – all our food is made from scratch and to order! Stop in […]
Highland CampervansHighland Campervans, Kerrowaird, Farmhouse, Dalcross, Inverness, IV2 7JQ +44 (0)1667 493 976
Award winning motorhome hire company conveniently situated in Inverness at the start of the North Coast 500! We have a fleet of modern and luxurious motorhomes that are perfect for the route. We offer a professional, friendly and personal service with unlimited pre-hire help and advice to make sure you get the most out of […]
Rocpool ReserveRocpool Reserve and Chez Roux, 14 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AG +44 (0)1463 240 089
and Chez Roux Inverness’s only 5 star hotel Our discreet boutique hotel, bar and restaurant offers 5 star luxury in the heart of Inverness. Located in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, this beautifully renovated Georgian mansion house has stunning views over the River Ness and is only a few minutes walk from Inverness Castle […]
Outlander: The Past Lives ExperienceOutlander: The Past Lives Experience, Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7RW +44 (0)7576 285 729
Outlander Tours: Visit the stunningly beautiful Highlands where the Outlander novels are set, followed by the filming locations In the very heart of Scotland. Walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire as you bring Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful novels and the TV series to life. Several touring options available to fit in with your requirements. […]
E & L Motorhomes72 Mill Crescent, Buckie, AB56 ILD +44 (0)7762 461 898
E & L Motorhomes is situated in the North East of Scotland and is ideally located for touring Inverness, the Highlands and the North Coast 500, as well as the world famous Speyside Malt Whisky Trail. Remote and peaceful, you will see the most breathtaking scenery as you meander along country roads and through glens […]
Priory HotelPriory Hotel, The Square, Beauly, IV4 7BX +44 (0)1463 782 309
The attitude of total flexibility at THE PRIORY- early check in, late check out, breakfast till lunchtime- meals and snacks all day, every day- early till late. We have 1 room that we reserve for guests who wish to bring their dogs. NC500 Member Discount Available: We offer a 10% discount to personal members (the […]
Pitfaranne Guest House57 Crown Street, Inverness, IV2 3AY +44 (0)1463 239 338
Pitfaranne has safe and private off street parking in quiet area. Pitfaranne is a Bed & Breakfast with twin, double and family rooms within a short walk of Inverness City Centre. A Guest House offering great value for money for B&B in Inverness City, Pitfaranne Guest House offers bed and breakfast and a self-catering apartment […]
Ardconnel CourtArdconnel Court, Crown Appartments, Ardconnel Court, 38 Ardconnel Street, Inverness, IV2 3EZ +44 (0)1463 222 922
We have eight elegantly styled, serviced apartments here at Ardconnel Court which provide the perfect place to stay at the start and finish of the North Coast 500 route. All are new and superbly finished holiday accommodation that could be your ‘home away from home’ for sightseeing, sporting or simply embracing the wonder of the […]
Aberdeen/Inverness 4×4 Self DriveAberdeen/Inverness 4x4 Self Drive, Inverness Airport, Dalcross, Inverness, IV2 7JB +44 (0)1224 877 899
At Inverness Airport 4×4 hire & Aberdeen4x4 selfdrive hire we provide quality 4×4 selfdrive hire with a personal friendly touch. With depots in Inverness and Aberdeen we cover all of Scotland and can deliver and collect from your chosen location including all airports, train stations &hotels where we offer a meet and greet service. We […]
Ardtower Caravan ParkArdtower Caravan Park, Ardtower Road, Culloden Road, Westhill, Inverness, IV2 6RG +44(0)1463 790 555
Ardtower Caravan & Camping Park nestles into the Crest of the hillside mid-distance from Inverness City centre and the world famous Culloden Battle field with lots to see and do. 4 miles from Inverness City centre, a fantastic base for visiting around the Highland and Islands.
Highland Personal Development Photography ToursHighland Personal Development Photography Tours, Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7RW +44 (0)7970 293 553
Bespoke Highland tour experiences for couples, individuals or small groups. We custom build your ultimate holiday vacation experience according to your interests, passions and budget. You have the option of 1) personal development and/or relationship mentoring and coaching. 2) Digital photography tuition and/or guiding. 3) Touring the stunning Highlands of Scotland or all three! Experience […]
Heathmount HotelHeathmount Hotel, Kingsmills Road, Inverness, IV2 3JT +44 (0)1463 235 877
We are a small family owned boutique hotel, kitchen, bar and heated terrace close to the centre of Inverness. We are a small family owned boutique hotel, kitchen, bar and heated terrace close to the centre of Inverness. Our focus is on providing stylish surrounds by day and night with an abundance of great food […]
2 Ness Walk Apartments2 Ness Walk Apartments, 2 Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NE +44 (0)7881 744 437
Super central refurbished apartments with 2 double bedrooms, modern kitchen and lovely large living room with THE MOST spectacular view of Inverness Castle. The apartment is located directly across the river from the Castle and the bustling town centre. There are lots of restaurants and bars in the vicinity. 5 minutes walk to the train […]
3 Stable Cottages3 stable cottage, culduthel road, IV2 4an +44 (0)7960 528 067
3 Stable Cottages is a charming well presented self catering property, situated in a quiet courtyard within walking distance of the city centre restaurants, bars and Eden Court Theatre. The ground floor consists of a living room with dining area and well equipped kitchen. There is also a downstairs toilet. Upstairs is one double bedroom […]
Jacobite Cruises LtdIV3 8JG +44 (0)1463 233 999
Loch Ness by Jacobite operate five star short cruises on Loch Ness, 7 days a week 363 days of the year. With a variety of options from cruise and castle, to cruise only to coach cruise and castle there is something for everyone with Loch Ness by Jacobite. We’ve been doing cruises right for 40 […]
188 Culduthel Road188 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4BJ +44 (0)1349 880 120
Lovely modern and clean two storey detached private house in a great area close to the city centre, bus & train station. 20mins drive from the airport. Sleeps up to 10 people. A perfect location for the shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and theatre, and within easy access to the main routes that take you further […]
Boath HouseBoath House, Auldearn, By Nairn, IV12 5TE +44 (0)1667 454 896
Boath House a beautifully restored Georgian mansion house hotel with spectacular gardens near Nairn. A luxury country house, widely renowned for its style, quality and fine cuisine. This 5 star Restaurant offers spectacular views out over their lawns down to the lake.