A must see destination for all!
A land of breathtaking landscapes, secretive hill lochs, mist shrouded mountain peaks and Mediterranean style beaches. Drive through thriving communities with a vibrant culture stretching back thousands of years to the Neolithic ages.
A truly stunning area of extravagant landscapes, lochs and roads, your NC500 journey will really begin to light your imagination as you drive.
Photos: Shieldaig, Applecross Smokehouse (courtesy of Fiona Watson Photography), the Bealach na ba (courtesy of Iain Sarjeant)
Discover the attractions in Wester Ross worth that extra mile
Whilst we hope to promote the North Coast 500 as a designated route throughout the North Highlands of Scotland, we really want everyone to explore the places in and near the route too! There are hundreds of things to see and do that require that extra mile for the whole Highland experience!
Go ‘off the beaten track’ and discover the villages and hamlets off the route. Discover your own hidden gems. Check out our itineraries for inspiration and our ‘what to see and do area’ of our website.
Handy Information about your adventure
- The Bealach na ba -this notorious stretch of road is notorious for two things; the steep gradients and sharp turns… and the simply breath-taking scenery! During June 11th and July 20th the Bealach will be closed between 6pm and 7am for maintenance works.. please continue to Applecross via the peninsula – a must see visit on your NC500 adventure and a chance to see our hairy Heilan coos up close!
Please note the bealach na ba is not suitable for large caravans and motorhomes and we would suggest taking the slip road on the A896 instead.
- Please be cautious on some Wester Ross roads as some are single track and require extra care.
NC500 Members in Wester Ross
Official NC500 Members
Aird HillAird Hill, Badachro, Gairloch, IV21 2AB +44(0)1445 741 282
Vanessa & Gordon Quinn invite you to enjoy a stay at Aird Hill Bed & Breakfast during your visit to the Scottish Highlands. Stylish, comfortable and well equipped rooms await you with en-suite facilities and a breakfast view second to none. Situated near Gairloch, on the hillside overlooking Badachro village and the bay to the […]
The Old InnThe Old Inn, Flowerdale Glen, Gairloch, IV21 2BD +44 (0)1445 712 006
Food plays a very important role at The Old Inn, and guests return again and again to savour the renowned Scottish West Coast seafood and Highland game dishes. The Old Inn is a traditional Highland coaching inn specialising in local seafood and game. We have our own microbrewery. We are located close to Gairloch Harbour […]
The Highland BothiesThe Highland Bothies, Morefield, Ullapool, IV26 2TH +44(0)7834 607 077
Our two micro-lodges, “An Teallach” and “Beinn Ghobhlach”, are situated on our family croft overlooking the traditional fishing village of Ullapool. We offer cosy, comfortable all-year-round accommodation with under floor heating, shower & toilet, and a small kitchen comprising of an electric hob, microwave, kettle, sink and fridge. The Bothies are set on the hill-side […]
Broomview CottageBroomview Cottage, Ardcharnich, Loch Broom, Ullapool, IV232RQ +44 (0)1854 655 300
Broomview Cottage B&B provides quality bed and breakfast accommodation including evening meals in a recently modernised and extended croft with views overlooking Loch Broom, Ullapool, and out to the Summer Isles. It is an excellent centre for touring, walking and experiencing North West Highland peace and tranquillity.
Applecross Walled GardenApplecross Walled Garden, Applecross, Strathcarron, IV54 8ND +44 (0)1520 744 440
The Walled Garden is a cafe and restaurant in a Victorian Walled Garden
Sanachan BunkhouseSanachan Bunkhouse, Sanachan House, Kishorn, Stratcarron, IV54 8XA +44 (0)1520 733 484
Sanachan Bunkhouse is the perfect pit stop for your group. Right at the foot of the Bealach Na Ba, we offer beds for up to 15 people.
Suil Na MaraSuil Na Mara, 10 Aultbea Lodges, Aultbea, IV22 2HU +44 (0)1244 356 695
This spacious detached, lodge is situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac . Offering beautiful views across the shores of Loch Ewe. Two bedrooms, bathroom kitchen, lounge with dining area .
Wester Ross RetreatsWester Ross Retreats, 5 Braeside, Gairloch, IV21 2NG +44 (0)1445 712 179
Wester Ross Retreats is a small Gairloch based holiday cottage agency offering the best selection of holiday cottages in the Gairoch/Poolewe area. Most cottages have stunning views of the sea and mountains and many are pet friendly. We are confident that you will find your ideal holiday retreat within our cottage selection, whatever your requirements.
Carron RestaurantCarron Restaurant, Cam-Allt, Strathcarron, IV54 8YX +44 (0)1520 722 488
Family run restaurant situated by the beautiful Inverness-Kyle line, an ideal stop from Inverness – Kyle or on the NC5OO.
The Seafood ShackThe Seafood Shack, 9 W Argyle Street, Ullapool, IV26 2TY +44 (0)7596 722 846
We are local lassies with experience in both catering and the fishing industry here in Ullapool. Our intention with the Seafood Shack is to offer top quality seafood that is caught and landed locally. We cook the fish and shellfish that has come from our waters in a manner that respects the quality of produce […]
Braemore Square Country HouseBraemore Square Country House, Loch Broom, Garve, IV23 2RX +44(0)1854 655 357
Braemore Square Country House give you a choice of 4 beautiful Self-Catering Apartments. The apartments form the South wing of Braemore Square Country House which was formerly the Stables and Coach House. All apartments have been assessed by VisitScotland and awarded Four Star Gradings.
Gairloch Sands Youth HostelGairloch Sands Youth Hostel, Carn Dearg, Gairloch, IV21 2DJ +44(0)1445 712 219
Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is a cosy former hunting lodge situated on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch with magnificent sea and mountain views. Built in the 1880’s this is one of the oldest youth hostels within the SYHA network. Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is a popular choice with groups, families and individual travellers looking […]
Charleston HouseCharleston House, Flowerdale Bay, Gairloch, IV21 2AH +44 (0)1445 712 999
Charleston House is all about getting amongst the elements, eating well and chilling out in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Whether you are looking to explore the spectacular scenery of Wester Ross and the Gairloch area on foot, wheels or water, we offer a comfortable home, away from home.
The Rockvilla Guest HouseThe Rockvilla Guest House, Main Street, Strathcarron, Lochcarron, IV54 8YB +44 (0)1520 722 379
Watch the sunrise and sunset from our three modern comfortable rooms all recently redecorated. One double with private shower room and two King Double/family rooms. We also have a twin bed self-catered apartment available with separate entrance; meals may be taken in our restaurant with prior booking. Three modern comfortable rooms with all amenities including […]
Kishorn Seafood BarKishorn Seafood Bar, Kishorn, Lochcarron, IV54 8XA +44(0)1520 733 240
Nestled by the side of the road in the tiny village of Kishorn the Seafood Bar has some of the freshest shellfish in Scotland. All our produce is sustainably-fished (hand dived scallops, creel caught prawns, premium-grade smoked salmon) and sourced from within a 30 mile radius; much of it from within sight of the café. […]
Arch InnArch Inn, 10-11 West Shore St, Ullapool, IV26 2UR +44(0)1854 612 454
The Arch Inn opened in 1973 on the site of the first building built by the British Fishing Society when Ullapool was being established over 200 years ago. The Arch Inn is extremely proud of their food and all of the dishes are produced on the premises using fresh, locally sourced products where possible. If […]
The TorridonThe Torridon, Torridon, BY ACHNASHEEN, IV22 2EY +44(0)1445 791 242
The Torridon Restaurant is a 3 rosette dining establishment, offering a 5 course table d’hôte menu prepared by our chef David Barnett. Our front of house team will always be on hand to recommend the best matching wine for your selections from the menu from our well-appointed wine list. Following your meal enjoy petites fours […]
Kinlochewe HotelKinlochewe Hotel, Kinlochewe, Achnasheen, IV22 2PA +44 (0)1445 760 253
Set in the heart of the magnificent Torridon Mountains and at the foot of Beinn Eighe, the Kinlochewe Hotel is ideally situated for those exploring the NC500 ROUTE including the wild and breath-taking scenery of the North Western Highlands of Scotland. With a wealth of unspoilt beauty, the area is famous for its craggy mountains, […]
Sea Kayak PlocktonSea Kayak Plockton, Bank Street, Plockton, IV40 8BD
We believe in giving people confidence to learn and develop paddling skills and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands from a totally different perspective. We also believe that Plockton is simply one of the best places to do this. Plockton’s picturesque sheltered bays are ideal for learning and improving skills, which can then […]
Pool HousePool House, Pool House, Poolewe, IV22 2LD +44 (0)1445 781 272
Consistently listed amongst the most romantic retreats in Scotland and the United Kingdom, Pool House is a thoroughly unique refuge on the shores of Loch Ewe. There are four different suites available within this B&B, each decorated to a very high standard.
Sands Caravan and Camping ParkSands Caravan and Camping Park, Sands Caravan and Camping, Gairloch, IV21 2DL +44(0)1445 712 152
Situated on the beautiful west coast of the Highlands of Scotland with unsurpassed views of the Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides. The ideal location for the holiday of your choice. Bring your own caravan, motor-caravan or tent and set up where ever you wish in the designated areas, whether you choose a sheltered spot […]
The Perfume StudioThe Perfume Studio, 52 Mellon Charles, Aultbae, IV22 2JL +44(0)7711 117 954
CAFE (lunches and baking) panoramic views from Torridons to Outer Hebrides. PERFUMERY selling toiletries, cremes, perfumes made on site. STUDIO photography studio with exhibitions VISIT SCOTLAND FIVE STAR
Ben Damph EstateBen Damph Estate, The Bothy, Ben Damph Estate, Balgy, Strathcarron, IV54 8XP +44 (0)1241 830 258
Dry stone walled Bothy in wonderful location overlooking Loch Torridon, sleeps 4 in comfortable beds in 2 rooms, let by the night. Nearby amazing Log House with hot tub, sleeping 14 (weekly lets). Also on the estate comfortable house next to the river Thrail, sleeps 8, let by the week or short stays by arrangement. […]
Rhue Art GalleryRhue Art Gallery, Rhue, Ullapool, IV26 2TJ +44 (0)1854 612 460
Rhueart Gallery, just north of Ullapool, is set in magnificient scenery on the shores of Lochbroom looking out over the summer isles. Originally opened in 1980 its features the studio and gallery of renowed artist James Hawkins considered to be one of the best contemporary landscape painters in Scotland. Recently a beautiful new display space […]
Applecross SmokehouseApplecross Smokehouse, Tigh a Chracaich, Near Applecross, IV54 8XH +44 (0)1520 755 367
Applecross Smokehouse is situated on the North Coast road of the beautiful Applecross Peninsula at Kenmore, overlooking Loch Torridon and the Torridon Mountains. In the smokehouse the products are marinaded to their own well proven recipe and smoked using whisky soaked oak shavings, ensuring they consistently produce outstanding smoked products with a distinctive and unique […]
Loch Dubh Bed and BreakfastLoch Dubh Bed and Breakfast, Croft Road, Lochcarron, IV54 8YA +44(0)1520 722 854
Loch Dubh is a newly built spacious croft house set in 8 acres of working croft land. It stands in an elevated south facing position on open hillside above the village of Lochcarron and has stunning views over Loch Carron, looking towards the mountains to the south. The B&B has two guest bedrooms available, both […]
Ferroch Self Catering B&BFerroch Self Catering B&B, Annat, Torridon, IV22 2EU +44(0)1241 830 258
Standing on the hillside with stunning views overlooking Loch Torridon & Liathach, we offer a welcoming self catering B&B. We are open all year round for 1 night or more; all rooms have en-suites, comfy double/king/twin/triple beds, cots, sitting room with wifi & TV. We have a pretty garden, are a mere 10 minute walk […]
Gairloch Highland LodgeGairloch Highland Lodge, Gairloch Highland Lodge, Gairloch, IV21 2AH +44 (0)1445 771 223
Gairloch Highland Lodge, built in the 1980s, is set against a spectacular mountain backdrop looking out over the harbour to the Isle of Skye and beyond, and makes the perfect base from which to explore and enjoy the dramatic landscape and varied attractions of Wester Ross in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Special offer for […]
Ardmair Point Holiday ParkArdmair Point Holiday Park, Ardmair, Ullapool, IV26 2TN +44 (0)1854 612 054
Ardmair Point is one of Scotland’s most beautifully situated holiday centres. Located 3 miles North of the fishing village of Ullapool, Ardmair offers both self-catering holiday accommodation and a caravan or camping park with excellent facilities. On one side of the peninsular is the location of the self-catering holiday accommodation including lodges, chalets and a […]
Torridon Youth HostelTorridon Youth Hostel, Torridon, Achnasheen, IV22 2EZ +44(0)1445 791 284
Sitting at the head of Upper Loch Torridon in the shadow of the mighty Liathach, Torridon Youth Hostel is a great option for walkers and climbers as well as those simply wishing to relax and enjoy the wildlife. The youth hostel offers modern, practical facilities for outdoor enthusiasts and visiting groups looking for budget accommodation. […]
Attadale GardensAttadale Gardens, Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron, IV54 8YX +44 (0)1520 722 603
Award winning gardens, containing a diverse range of plants, interspersed with sculptures. Beautiful views of Skye and surrounding hillsides.
The TorridonThe Torridon, Torridon, By Achnasheen, IV22 2EY +44 (0)1445 791 242
The Torridon Resort, situated in the wild landscape of North West Scotland, is where luxury, adventure and hospitality combine for an unforgettable experience. Set in 58 acres of private parkland, the main house was built in 1887 as a Highland shooting lodge and enjoys a spectacular location at the head of Loch Torridon. All 18 […]
Attadale Holiday CottageAttadale Holiday Cottages, Attadale, Strathcarron, IV54 8YX +44 (0)1520 722 603
Attadale Estate is a private estate and has four beautifully appointed holiday cottages, sleeping 4 to 8 persons, offering all you need for a holiday in the Highlands of Scotland. Based near both Lochcarron and Strathcarron, and a short drive to Skye. The Gardens at Attadale are free to all guests.
Gairloch Filling Station & Gift ShopGairloch Filling Station & Gift Shop, Main Street, Gairloch, IV21 2BH +44(0)1445 721 534
Filling Station and Gift Shop
Book Catering – Home Farm B&BBook Catering, The Farm, Attadale, Strathcarron, IV54 8YX +44 (0)7958 744 410
Welcome to Home Farm B & B. Near Lochcarron village, surrounded by hills and Loch Carron. Next to the beautiful Attadale Gardens and only 3 miles off the North Coast 500 route. 1 double bedroom with a super king sized bed and private bathroom. £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing, breakfast included. Single […]
The Sithean Bed & BreakfastThe Sithean Bed & Breakfast, Slumbay, Lochcarron, IV54 8YH +44(0)1520 722 147
The Sithean B&B is a modern detached home in the crofting village of Lochcarron, operated as a quality guest house by former hoteliers Lorna and Ken Wheelan. With superb mountain and sea views, comfortable well equipped bedrooms and guest lounge and great breakfasts The Sithean is an idyllic spot to make a pit stop on […]
Eagle RockEagle Rock, Milton, Strathcarron, IV54 8LS +44 (0)1520 744 497
Luxury Eco-Lodge ideal for groups. 7 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms. Sleeps 10-14. Just 15 minutes walk from the famous Applecross Inn, Eagle Rock has panoramic views across the Inner Sound to Skye from the infinity deck hot-tub – and every window. Designed by an award winning game-lodge architect, this home from home is the epitome of […]
The Seaforth Fish and Chip ShopThe Seaforth Fish and Chip Shop, Quay Street, Ullapool, IV26 2UE +44 (0)1854 613 756
Situated in Ullapool, a beautiful fishing village in the Highlands of Scotland. Our Seaforth Fish and Chip Shop offers locals and visitors the opportunity to relax whilst taking in the atmosphere of our beautiful village. Our awarding winning battered Fish and Hand Cut Chips is always a favourite. Over the years we have gained a […]
Opposite Skye CottagesOpposite Skye Cottages, Tigh Ardoch, Achintraid, IV54 8XA +44(0)1520 733 213
Two idyllic holiday cottages to rent, half mile off NC500 route. Ardoch Bothy (sleeps 2) and Gracie’s Cottage (sleeps 4). Both warm and exceptionally comfortable, and both virtually on the sea shore with a lovely outlook across the sea to Skye and the Applecross hills.
Badachro Inn RestaurantBadachro Inn Restaurant, Badachro, Gairloch, IV21 2AA +44(0)1445 741 255
Badachro Inn serves the best of food – bar lunches and informal evening meals. They have an extensive wine list and for the the whisky connoisseur there is a comprehensive stock of malt whiskies. Enjoy a meal and a drink in the Inn garden looking out on Badachro Bay and the nearby working jetty or […]