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
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Big Sand Beach
The Big Sand beach is sheltered from the onshore wind by Longa Island and boasts magnificent view of the mountains of Skye and Torridon. Accessed through extensive sand dunes, which offer shelter from the wind, visitors can watch some of the most stunning and unforgettable sunsets over the Hebrides.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Coire Roill LodgeAnnat, Achnasheen, IV22 2EU +44 (0)1463 224 343
For Sale (via Galbraith) A beautifully presented home within The Torridon hotel estate and on the edge of Loch Torridon 5 Bedrooms & 2 Reception Rooms In a spectacular setting with direct access to the loch Extremely well-appointed family accommodation Beautiful formal gardens with burn and woodland Garaging and wood stores In a exclusive setting […]
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. […]
Eas a’ Chual Aluinn – Britain’s Highest Waterfall
This rough walk takes you into the heart of Assynt’s rocky landscape, past pretty lochans and streams to reach the top of Britain’s highest waterfall, Eas a’ Chual Aluinn. The route leads to the best vantage point near the top of the falls, although the entire drop into the deep glen below cannot be seen.
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 […]
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.
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 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 […]
Lochcarron Weavers ShopMid Strome, Lochcarron, IV54 8YH +44 (0)1520 722 212
Situated on the banks of picturesque Loch Carron in Wester-Ross, Lochcarron Weavers has to boast one of the most scenic locations for a shop! When you step inside our quintessentially Scottish store you will find a wonderful range of tartans, luxury knitwear, kilts and tweed clothing all complemented beautifully with just the right accessories. You […]
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 […]
Inchnadamph and the River Caves
This walk up the Traligill Glen visits the impressive entrances of the largest cave system in Scotland. The views of the surrounding mountains are excellent.
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 […]
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
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 […]
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.
Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve
Corrieshalloch is a slot gorge, or box-canyon, that was cut as far back as 2.6million years ago by Ice Age glacial meltwater. The River Droma forges through the gorge, dramatically dropping 100 metres in just 1.25km through a series of waterfalls, including the thunderous 45m high Falls of Measach. A brace of trails opens up […]
Red Point Beach
Red Point by Gairloch has two sandy remote beaches backed by dunes with great views out to the islands on a fine day. They are both secluded and untouched beaches. Redpoint North, the larger of the two is characterised by its red-hued sand. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle bordered by outcrops […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
Harbour HouseHarbour House, Garve Road, Ullapool, IV26 2SX +44 (0)1854 612 222
Harbour House is a family-run bed and breakfast situated on the shores of Loch Broom, just a short stroll from the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool and an ideal spot to explore and enjoy the breathtaking scenery surrounding it. Harbour House has 19 en-suite bedrooms.Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi and make use of a private […]
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).
Ceomara Highland CottagesCeomara Highland Cottages No. 1 & No. 2, Badachro, Gairloch, IV21 2AB +44 (0)1445 741 295
Two beautiful self-catering holiday cottages, ideally located in the picturesque west coast hamlet of Badachro, near Gairloch in Wester Ross, Scotland. The cottages occupy an enviable position on Badachro Bay with panoramic sea and mountain views that are truly outstanding. The cottages are tastefully furnished and fully equipped with the comfort of your holiday in […]
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
With a cluster of mountain peaks, ancient pinewoods, secretive crossbills and soaring golden eagles, it’s no wonder that Beinn Eighe was Britain’s first National Nature Reserve. From a distance the pale scree slopes on the mountain-side look like barren fields of snow, but get up close and you’ll be amazed by the diversity of wildlife […]
Ullapool MuseumUllapool Museum, 7 & 8 West Arqyle Street, Ullapool, IV26 2TY +44 (0)1854 612 987
Accredited museum housed in listed Thomas Telford 1929 church showing the Lochbroom history and heritage. Extensive archive material, genealogy records, photos, audio-visual, changing displays, shop.
Achiltibuie StoresAchiltibuie, Ullapool, IV26 2YG +44 (0)1854 622 496
Small convenience store selling groceries, petrol, diesel, gas, alcohol and much more!
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 […]
Shieldaig Lodge HotelShieldaig Lodge Hotel, Shieldaig Lodge Hotel, Gairloch, IV21 2AW +44 (0)1445 741 333
Relax in a unique highland lodge retreat. With magnificent waterside views, real fires, snug lounges and a hand-picked whisky and gin bar, this is the perfect place to escape. Opening Hours: Open all year round Winter Xmas Package Nestled up in the Scottish Highlands, Shieldaig Lodge provides a quintessential Highland festive experience. Christmas can be […]
Rosemount Cottage & BothyStirling Drive, Garve, IV23 2PR +44 (0)7899 905 735
Rosemount Cottage & Bothy are owned by John & Helen Forteith and located in the small highland village of Garve and offers quality self-catering accommodation for those exploring the NC500. Both cottages, dating back to c.1850’s, were lovingly renovated in June 2018 by John and Helen. They retain many unique period features while offering comfortable […]
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 […]
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. NC500 Member Discount Available: […]
Kayak Summer IslesFree church manse, Achiltibuie, IV26 2yG +44 (0)1854 622 754
Access the inaccessible. We offer fun…in boats. Why not come and join us on the water for a while.
A small, quiet beach with stunning views to the Summer Isles, reached by a short, well defined path past the hostel
EaglaisTorridon, IV22 2HB +44 (0)1738 451 610
Eaglais is a delightful holiday cottage in a secluded and tranquil setting only a short drive away from Torridon in Ross-shire. Once a church, the property has been converted to provide stunning self catering holiday accommodation. Stylishly decorated and furnished throughout, this is a holiday property to rent if you appreciate a beautiful location and […]
OtterburnOtterburn, 2 Burnside Terrace, Gairloch, IV21 2BY +44 (0)7765 403 197
Ideally located in the heart of the village of Gairloch, this 3 bedroom property is available for holiday lets throughout the year.