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 three things; the steep gradients and sharp turns… and the simply breath-taking scenery! Driving the Bealach na Ba requires skill and complete attention to the road ahead.
- If you decide to drive the Bealach na Ba as part of your North Coast 500 journey then, as with the rest of the route, we would encourage you to be cautious and allow overtaking. Please also note that if you cannot accurately reverse your vehicle several hundred yards on a narrow single track, then you cannot safely drive over the Bealach. However, the Bealach na Ba is a simply breathtaking drive, and one which should be experienced if you are able to do so.
Some visitors to the North Highlands may not feel comfortable driving the Bealach na Ba, or may encounter situations which cause the road to be closed. The Bealach may be closed during the winter months due to ice and snow. If the road is not open during your NC500 travels, don’t miss out the opportunity to visit Applecross. Take the road up the A896 instead and join the alternate road via Shieldaig (C1091 Shieldaig to Applecross coast road). This route is also recommended for drivers of large motorhomes and cars towing caravans; the Bealach na Ba isn’t suitable for these types of vehicles due to its hair pin bends and steep gradients. If your motorhome is larger than a standard VW T5 conversion (16-18 feet in length), then take the alternate route via Shieldaig instead.
NC500 Members in Wester Ross
Official NC500 Members
Loch Broom ChaletsLoch Broom Chalets, Leckmelm, Garve, IV23 2RR +44 (0)7919 623 699
A small cluster of chalets overlooking Loch Broom just 3 miles south of Ullapool. Our one bedroom chalets sleep up to 2 guests and are fully equipped with everything you need for a self catering holiday. A great location to explore the Highlands or take a day trip to visit Isle of Lewis and Harris. […]
Poolewe HotelPoolewe Hotel, Main Street, Poolewe, IV22 2JX +44 (0)1445 781 769
13 bedroom historic inn, on shore of Loch Ewe. Bar and restaurant. Ideally located for fishing, hill walking, deer stalking, canoeing, climbing, mountain biking & Inverewe Gardens. Parking, free WiFi.
Glendale BoatsGlendale Boats, Pier Road, Gairloch, IV21 2BE +44 (0)1445 741 755
Explore Loch Gairloch, sheltered from the open sea, with a varied and interesting shore line and lots of wildlife. Relax and do some fishing or take a trip on ‘Vision’ an ex MOD patrol boat.
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. NC500 Member Discount Available: Half price entry for any additional visitor travelling with an NC500 Member A free guide book to Attadale Gardens Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).
Solas GallerySolas Gallery, Flowerdale Bay, Gairloch, IV21 2BD +44 (0)1445 712 626
Solas isa contemporary gallery featuring the work of artist Rob Howard and award winning painter, Lyn Beckett. Ceramics, paintings and jewellery are all designed and made here in Gairloch and are exclusive to Solas Gallery. Open from Easter to end of October, 1pm -5pm, Monday to Saturday. Check us out on TripAdvisor. NC500 Member Discount […]
Leckmelm Holiday CottagesLeckmelm Holiday Cottages, Leckmelm Estate, Lochbroom, Ullapool, IV23 2RL +44 (0)1854 612 471
Six individual cottages in a rural location 3 miles from Ullapool. Walkers and cyclists welcome. Some Loch view cottages. Family friendly, single traveller friendly. Pets welcome from horses to tortoises – please enquire.
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. […]
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 […]
Ullapool Youth HostelUllapool Youth Hostel, Shore Street, Ullapool, IV26 2UJ +44(0)1854 612 254
Ullapool Youth Hostel has a spectacular location on the seafront, offering wonderful, ever-changing views over Loch Broom and the Beinn Dearg mountain range. Rooms vary in size and include both private and multi-share. There’s a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, two small lounges, an excellent laundry and a drying room. From the dining area you can eat […]
Port Beag ChaletsPort Beag Chalets, Altandhu, Achilitibuie, Ullapool, IV26 2YR +44 (0)1854 622 372
Bright, beautifully presented self-catering chalets on the coastline, overlooking the Summer Isles. Wi-fi, decking and a 5 minute walk from Am Fuaran Bar. Open all year, pets welcome.
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 […]
An Cois Na Mara Bed & BreakfastAn Cois Na Mara Bed & Breakfast, Columba Court, Laide, IV22 2NL +44 (0)1445 731 157
We are a comfortable B&B located in Laide in the beautiful area of Wester Ross with beach access and wonderful views of the Coigach Hills, An Teallach and The Summer Isles. We have 3 comfortable en-suite rooms, 2 of which have sea views. All rooms have their own TV, Tea & Coffee Making facilities, homemade […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 .
Ewe CanoePeace Cottage, 2 Mellon Charles, Aultbea, IV22 2JN +44 (0)7980 588 467
Explore sheltered sea lochs, wide sandy bays and idyllic lochs surrounded by mountains with Ewe Canoe in beautiful Wester Ross. Friendly, qualified and experienced instructors ensure that your adventure with us is fun, informative ad memorable.
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 Canoe and Kayak CentreGairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre, 27 Melvaig, Gairloch, IV21 2EA +44(0)1445 771 006
We offer sea kayaking and canoeing around Gairloch and Loch Maree in search of wildlife and stunning scenery. Our guides are friendly, qualified and experienced paddlers with a wealth of local knowledge about wildlife and local history. We offer day or half-day trips in the sheltered coastal waters of Gairloch where we will explore in […]
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.
Croft House B&BThe Croft House, Shieldaig, IV54 8XN
Right on the North Coast 500 route (A896) in Shieldaig. Stunning Sea views from a double room overlooking Shieldaig Island and the sea loch. Very comfortable Super-king sized bed. Sparkling clean en-suite. WiFi. TV in room. Help-yourself British Breakfast, much homemade. Off-road parking. Pub in walking distance. Stay 1 or 2 nights. Arrivals 4-6pm, departures […]
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. NC500 Member Discount Available: £1.50 discount per person per night Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).
Clachan Farmhouse Bed & BreakfastClachan Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast, Clachan, Lochbroom, Ullapool, IV23 2RZ +44 (0)1854 655 209
Ullapool bed and breakfast Clachan Farmhouse is a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and be ideally placed to visit all of the tourist attractions of the Northwest Highlands. This is a working farm where you will see North Country Cheviot sheep, Luing cattle and Border collies at work every day. Only seven miles south of the fishing […]
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 […]
Corriness HouseCorriness House, Main Road, Poolewe, IV22 2JU +44 (0)1445 781 785
Corriness House, a handsome Victorian house situated in the heart of Wester Ross, in the picturesque village of Poolewe. Five minutes from the World famous Inverewe Garden, with the bustling village of Gairloch just six miles away. Corriness House is the perfect base to enjoy wonderful scenery, endless walks and stunning beaches, free from the […]
Smithy HubSmithy Hub, Ribuachan, Lochcarron, IV54 8YS +44(0)1520 722 952
Community Hub with art, crafts, events, activities, shop, wifi and visitor information. Unique treehouse available for hire, short woodland walk, picnic area and 18thC smithy building
Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition CentreBirchburn, Aultbea, IV22 2HZ +44 (0)1445 731 137
WWII museum in Aultbea with a wide range of information and artefacts relating to the Arctic Convoys and the role played by Loch Ewe during this time.
Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action ForumGairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum, The Gale Centre, Achtercairn, Gairloch, IV21 2BH
GALE is a community owned and managed Development Trust, Social Enterprise and registered Charity. The GALE Centre provides visitors to the area with tourist information, booking services for food and accommodation, ticket sales for local attractions, a community-run cafe and gift shop, and regular events such as community markets and art exhibitions.
West Coast DelicatessenWest Coast Delicatessen, 5 Argyle Street, Ullapool, IV26 2UB +44 (0)1854 613 450
The aim of our family run delicatessen is to bring the bounty of this area to the table. We are proud of our extensive rage of quality local Highland produce, sourced from small artisan suppliers, from smoked salmon, cured venison, award winning black pudding and a fully stocked cheese counter with the best farmhouse cheeses. […]
Beth Robertson Fiddes Contemporary Landscape PaintingBeth Robertson Fiddes Contemporary Landscape Painting, Latheron Studio, Latheron, Sutherland, IV262XB +44 (0)7530 817 116
Beth Robertson Fiddes Contemporary Landscape Painting Large scale paintings based on the landscape of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland Studio in the centre of Ullapool. Open by appointment.
Castle Cottage Bed and BreakfastCastle Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Main Street, Lochcarron, IV54 8YB +44 (0)1520 722 828
Castle Cottage is a friendly & welcoming Bed & Breakfast offering high quality accommodation and open all year round. We benefit from a waterfront location, right at the heart of Lochcarron village with amazing views! We have a comfortable first-floor twin with en-suite shower-room, and a spacious ground floor kingsize double with ensuite bathroom. Both […]
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 […]
Aultbea Hotel and RestaurantAultbea Hotel and Restaurant, Aultbea Hotel, Loch Ewe, IV22 2HX +44(0)1445 731 201
A Hideaway in the hills. A Bolthole by the loch. A Sanctuary from the sea. Although only a scenic 2 hour drive from Inverness you’ll feel as though you’re a world away when you arrive. Whether you’re a climbing, hiking, fishing, sailing kind of person or an eating, reading, snoozing, drinking type (or even a […]
Sail Mhor Croft HostelSail Mhor Croft Hostel, Camusnagaul, Dundonnell, IV23 2QT +44 (0)1854 633 224
Friendly, small & clean family owned Independent Hostel accommodating from 1 -16 persons. Situated midway between Gairloch & Ullapool on the A832. Ideal for anyone enjoying the NC 500.
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 […]
Garve HotelIV232PR +44 (0)1997 414 205
Make the Garve Hotel your first or last stop to the incredible North Coast 500! The Garve Hotel is situated in the picturesque village of Garve, set on the bank of Black Water River it lies four miles west of the popular tourist attraction Rogie falls and in the shadows of the magnificent Munro, Ben […]
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.
Aultbea LodgesAultbea Lodges, Aultbea, Achnasheen, IV22 2HU +44 (0)1445 731 549
5 spacious, self-catering lodges, each fully equipped for 4 persons, with a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and a lounge/dining room and WiFi. Patio doors lead to a private balcony from which to enjoy the panoramic views and spectacular sunsets over Loch Ewe, the Isle of Ewe and beyond to the Hebrides. Stress Free, Tranquil Setting, […]
Loch Torridon Estate LtdLoch Torridon Estate Ltd, Torridon House, Torridon, IV22 2HA +44 (0)1445 791 387
Stay on one of the most beautiful highland estates on the west coast. Accommodation ranges from luxury to family cottages. The Mansion House provides elegant B&B rooms in various categories. Torridon Estate lies on the shores of Loch Torridon with spectacular views onto the sea and surrounding mountain ranges. Amongst exotic trees lies the mansion […]