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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Gruinard Bay CampsiteGruinard Bay Campsite, Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, Laide, IV22 2ND +44 (0)1445 731 556
Our beach-front park is ideally set in one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty and is located along the North Coast 500 route. There are holiday caravans for hire and pitches for touring caravans, motor-homes and tents. Sea fishing from the beach, rocks or from your own boat can yield good catches. Water-sports […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
An Cos ShieldaigAn Cos Shieldaig, An Cos, Shieldaig, IV54 8XN +44 (0)2070 961 893
A LUXURY HOUSE which combines all the comforts of home with a high-end hotel – the perfect choice for groups or families for a truly relaxing and intimate holiday. A well-equipped kitchen and dining room with stunning views makes cooking at An Cos a pleasure and with an excellent local chef and award-winning restaurants in […]
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).
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 .
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
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 […]
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 […]
Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre and CruisesGairloch Marine Wildlife Centre and Cruises, Charleston Harbour, Pier Road, Gairloch, IV21 2BQ +44 (0)1445 712 636
The Premier Marine Wildlife Centre and Cruise operator in Wester Ross. Over 25 years in operation.
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 […]
Sheiling Guest HouseSheiling Guest House, Garve Road, Ullapool, IV26 2SX
6 bedroom guesthouse in Ullapool with own private car park, drying room, laundry and sauna for guests plus large garden extending to the loch.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
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 […]