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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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
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.
James Braid Highland Golf TrailJames Braid Highland Golf Trail, Muir Of Ord Golf Club, Great North Road, Muir of Ord, IV6 7SX +44 (0)1463 870 825
An initiative to promote golf at Highland golf courses designed by renowned architect James Braid.
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 […]
Highland SupercarsKilvannie Manor, Fodderty, Strathpeffer, IV14 9AD +44 (0)1463 210 213
Tour the North Coast 500 in style with Highland Supercars. Choose from our superb range of luxury iconic British cars and make your Highland adventure truly memorable. We are not a super car club, we specialise in bespoke vehicle hire for the world famous North Coast 500. From single day hire to our bespoke 3 […]
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 […]
Pitfaranne 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 […]
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Highland Coastal CampersHighland Coastal Campers, Greenfields, Nairnside, Inverness, IV2 5BT +44 (0)1463 791 368
Volkswagen Campervan Hire
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 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.
Simply WiFiSimply WiFi, Inbusiness Centre, 24 Longman Drive, Inverness, IV1 1SU +44 (0)1463 217 071
SimplyWiFi specialise in the distribution and security of WiFi throughout premises and business areas. We support hotels, hostels, B&Bs, cafes, caravan and camping sites, holiday lodges or any remote businesses and households. SimplyWiFi will enhance your broadband and offer separate networks for private and public use, restricted or unrestricted, free to use networks or paying […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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!
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.
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 snacksall day, every day- early till late. NC500 Member Discount Available: 20% discount on accommodation from 1st November 2017 until 31st March 2018. The discount is offered on BB only and is subject to availability. Proof […]
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 nr Inverness. Highland Motorcycle Hire has the widest range of the latest motorcycles available in Scotland. Experienced, established, friendly service.
Bridgend Filling StationBridgend Filling Station, Station Road, Beauly, IV4 7EH +44(0)1463 782 768
This petrol station provides unleaded and diesel fuel.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.