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
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
Gairloch Heritage MuseumGairloch Heritage Museum, Achtercairn, Gairloch, IV21 2BP +44 (0)1445 712 287
Take a journey through the history of the North West Highlands at the Gairloch Heritage Museum, exploring the culture, customs and natural heritage of this stunningly beautiful area. The museum has been described by visitors as a ‘Highlight of the Highlands’, and the ‘Best Little Museum in Scotland’. The tardis-like building contains thoughtfully arranged displays […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 Arch InnThe Arch Inn, 10-11 W Shore St, Ullapool, IV26 2UR +44(0)1854 612 454
Originallyan Inn and store for fishermen and fish curers, with stabling through the archway for the horses that carried goods overland to the village. Over the years The Arch Inn has changed many times, but still remains at the heart of the village for locals and tourists alike.
Loch Maree HotelLoch Maree Hotel, Loch Maree Hotel, Talladale, Gairloch, IV22 2HL +44(0)1445 760 288
Stayed in by Queen Victoria the Loch Maree Hotel is situated overlooking Mount Slioch and Loch Maree this is a family run hotel
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 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 […]
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. NC500 Member Discount Available: 5% Discount for 1-night stay. 10% Discount for two […]
Isle of Ewe SmokehouseIsle of Ewe Smokehouse, 12 Ormiscaig, Aultbea, Achnasheen, IV22 2JJ +44 (0)1445 731 304
Artisan & award winning family smokehouse on the shore of Loch Ewe in Aultbea. Alistair & Paula welcome visitors to their Fine Food Emporium at the smokehouse, wall to wall fabulous smoked salmon & a whole heap of smoked delicacies. Quirky & funky, an eclectic range of uniquely produced Scottish artisan foods with a Scandinavian […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
2 Letters2 Letters, Letters, Garve, IV23 2SD +44 (0)1738 451 610
2 Letters is situated right on a secluded stretch of the shores of Loch Broom with uninterrupted and panoramic views in all directions. You literally cannot get closer to the water’s edge! The piece de resistance is the large sun room at the front of the house with 180 degree views, where one can spend […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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. […]
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 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 […]