Top Tips

Top Tips Before Hitting the Route

We want everyone to have the best time when doing the North Coast 500 so we’ve got some top tips for you.

Do your research.

Our website has lots of information to plan the best experience possible. With 500 miles of rugged Scottish coastline to navigate and explore, it pays to make sure you have the best itinerary. We have lots of these to choose from as well, ready to download when you are a NC500 member. Another good tool to start planning your NC500 trip is the official Rough Guide to the North Coast 500  eBook or Paperback.

Book ahead.

During peak months the North Coast 500 will be busy and accommodation does book up well in advance. No matter where you are planning on resting your head at night, make sure you plan well in advance and contact accommodation providers early.

Become a North Coast 500 member.

For just £15.00 per year you can become a North Coast 500 traveller member. Our member club was launched for fans of the route and those who have yet to embark on their journey. Members receive an array of benefits including exclusive route discounts and offers; official NC500 map PDF; access to all online itineraries; and The Rough Guide to the North Coast 500 eBook .

For £45.00 per year, members can choose to upgrade to an Explorer Membership which offers you additional benefits along the route, including a personalized itinerary based on your bespoke requirements, NC500 Passport, and The Rough Guide to the North Coast 500 paperback.

For £ 300.00, you can upgrade to a Gold Membership, offering a range of exclusive gifts, benefits and VIP experiences to only 500 Gold Members.The exclusive Club 500 is the utmost in extravagance and indulgence when it comes to an NC500 membership, and it is also the perfect tool when planning your trip. Luxury travel does not start when you arrive on the North Coast 500, nor does it start on the way – it starts now.

Read up on road safety.

The North Coast 500 encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the roads, however, can be a bit tricky to navigate, especially if you’ve not driven on them before. Our website includes a comprehensive section with tips on how best to drive the route and what to look out for. More information on this can be found on our Road Safety section

Download the North Coast 500 App.

We all live on our smartphones these days so the free North Coast 500 mobile App is a must have download. With an interactive map, example itineraries, detailed sections of the route and other online services, it’s the perfect handy mobile companion.

Get kitted out.

Pack for all eventualities; you might well have sun in March and hail in August. Check out the North Coast 500’s new clothing range at

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