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
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 […]
Achnagairn EstateAchnagairn Estate, Achnagairn Estate, Kirkhill, Inverness, IV5 7PD +44 (0)1463 830 345
We are thrilled to have been chosen as the luxury accommodation partner closest to the start (and end!) of the route. At Achnagairn, we have much to offer the NC500 visitor: from a fabulous dinner in our restaurant, through to wonderful accommodation, whether an ensuite bedroom in our Mini Manors, or the exclusive hire of […]
Bike Repair Centre (BRC)Bike Repair Centre (BRC), Unit 1, Wyndhill Industrial Estate, Great North Road, Muir of Ord, IV6 7WB +44 (0)1463 871 990
We are a small, friendly, family run business on the A862 situated on the outskirts of Muir of Ord. Within our premises the showroom contains: clothing, helmets and accessories, as well as motorcycle parts. The workshop is equipped to carry out repairs and tyre changing, for which we have a large stock of various sizes, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bridgend Filling StationBridgend Filling Station, Station Road, Beauly, IV4 7EH +44(0)1463 782 768
This petrol station provides unleaded and diesel fuel.
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 […]
Ace Adventures & HideawaysAuchnagairn, Forres, IV362QL +44 (0)1309 611 729
Cool camping and adventurous activities. Scotland’s leading white water rafting specialist offer additional activities. Canoeing and Kayaking, canyoning, river tubing, paint ball and disc golf. Based in the Findhorn valley you can stay at our activity centre on one of our campiste pitches in a bell tent that sleep 7 or in one of our […]
Cluny BankCluny Bank, 69 St Leonards Road, Forres, IV36 1DW +44 (0)1309 674 304
Cluny Bank is a Victorian Mansion set in a quiet residential area of the beautiful town of Forres. We have 7 individually styled, en-suite bedrooms, free Wi-Fi and parking. Our cosy lounge-bar is stocked with a wide range of whiskies, beer, wine and spirits. Our small, intimate and relaxed, award winning restaurant, specialises in quality […]
Torvean Caravan ParkGlenurquhart 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 […]
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 […]
Bydand B&B & Classic Car HireBydand B&B & Classic Car Hire, Dulnain Bridge, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3LU +44 (0)7974 691 623
Luxury 2 bedroom bespoke B&B set in a rural location with commanding views of the Cairngorms. Parking – Garden – Wi-Fi – Guest Lounge – Complementary Drinks. All rooms have flatscreen TVs – Nespresso Coffee – tea and snacks – fresh flowers. Luxurious spacious bathrooms – underfloor heating – rain showers – free standing baths […]
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
Swallow CottageSwallow Cottage, Cannich, Beauly, Inverness, IV4 7LZ +44(0)1738 451 610
This very pretty cottage with its lattice pane windows, situated in the conservation village of Tomich, is an idyllic and very cosy self catering holiday cottage. The glen is very peaceful and picturesque and, together with neighbouring Glen Affric, considered by many to be the most beautiful glen in Scotland, providing spectacular walks for all […]
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 […]
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.
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).
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 Youth HostelInverness Youth Hostel, Victoria Drive, Inverness, IV2 3QB +44(0)1463 231 771
Inverness Youth Hostel offers modern budget accommodation with superb facilities. The youth hostel also offers family friendly private en suite rooms, all of which are freshly decorated, warm and comfortable, with private lockers.
Highland Sports Car HireHighland Sports Car Hire, Muirton Mains, Muir of Ord, IV6 7UR +44(0)1997 433 209
Highland Sports Car Hire have convertible sports cars for you to experience all there is to see throughout Scotland’s most scenic 500 miles. Treat yourself and get behind the wheel!
Glendruidh House Hotel B&BGlendruidh House Hotel B&B, Old Edinburgh Road South, Inverness, IV2 6AR +44(0)1463 226 499
Small, friendly, comfortable and secluded hotel. Ideally situated to start or finish The North Coast 500. All food served at Glendruidh House is from fresh and where possible local produce.Surrounded by woods and gardens. Five Rooms consisting of 2 double rooms, 2 double suites and 1 single.
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 […]
Inverness Kart RacewayInverness Kart Raceway, Fairways Business Park, Inverness, IV2 6AA +44(0)1463 717 055
Five star adrenaline packed Go Kart racing. We do everything from Arrive and Drive to Grand Prix’s. All profits from our Social Enterprise go to charity.
Inverness CathedralInverness Cathedral, Ardross Street, Inverness, IV3 5NR +44 (0)1463 225 553
The most northerly Cathedral with a Bishop in the Scottish Episcopal and Anglican Church. Built between 1866 and 1869, consecrated in 1874. Designed by Alexander Ross- Architect. Located on the banks of the River Ness.
NC500 Moto ExperienceNC500 Moto Experience, Unit 10, 23 Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1SY +44 (0)1463 231 212
NC500 Moto Experience provide self-guided touring, offering motorbike and riding equipment rental. To hire motorbikes to tour the NC500 or motorbike hire Inverness, you’re in the right place. NC500 Member Discount Available: Reduction on Hire periods of 3 days or more. 5% of total cost Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).
Highland Coastal CampersHighland Coastal Campers, Greenfields, Nairnside, Inverness, IV2 5BT +44 (0)1463 791 368
Volkswagen Campervan Hire
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 […]
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 […]
Focus Vehicle RentalFocus Vehicle Rental, 6 Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1SY +44 (0)1463 709 517
Car Rental with a range of vehicles from a Fiat500 to a Range Rover Vogue. Based in Inverness we offer collections at all mojor sites including Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% Off Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).
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 […]
Haggis ToursHaggis Tours, The Workshop, Swallow House, Tore, IV6 7RY +44 (0)1463 898 027
Haggis Tours offers Bespoke Motorcycle Tours & also Motorcycle Hire in the Highlands of Scotland.
North 500 MotorhomesGlenurquhart 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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).
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 […]
Glenmoriston Town House HotelGlenmoriston Town House Hotel, 20 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SF +44 (0)1463 223 777
This famed Inverness hotel is set in a tree-lined river bank terrace in the city centre and only 20 minutes from the Loch Ness, The Glenmoriston Town House Inverness is a luxury boutique hotel with that little bit more. Inverness is the perfect gateway to the highlands and offers an array of fabulous shopping whilst […]
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 […]
Rover RentalsRover Rentals, 16 Burn Brae Place, Westhill, Inverness, IV2 5TA +44 (0)7948 376 266
Motorhome hire: fully equipped, 4-berth motorhome especially set up to be dog-friendly. Self-sufficient, so ideal for wild camping along the NC500 route. Competitive rates with no hidden charges.