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
Poolewe HotelPoolewe Hotel, Main Street, Poolewe, IV22 2JX +44 (0)1445 781 769
A traditional highland hotel and restaurant, on the shores of Loch Ewe in sight of Inverewe Gardens. Poolewe Hotel is set in the picturesque village of Poolewe on the shore of Loch Ewe near Gairloch on the NW Coast of Scotland. Just 90 minutes of beautiful easy driving from Inverness Airport. Set amidst dramatic Highland […]
A small, quiet beach with stunning views to the Summer Isles, reached by a short, well defined path past the hostel
LadySmith HouseLadySmith House, 24 Pultney Sreet, Ullapool, IV26 2UP +44 (0)1854 613 286
Shetlander Niv and Pauline McRobb would like to offer you a warm Highland welcome. LadySmith Guest house bed and breakfast, is a traditional Highland stone house built in 1888 and situated 100 yards from the pier in a quiet area away from the main street. The accommodation is extremely comfortable with fresh linen and luxury […]
Gairloch HotelGairloch Hotel, Main Street, Gairloch, IV21 2BL +44 (0)1445 712 001
With panoramic views stretching as far as the Isle of Skye, Gairloch Hotel overlooks Gairloch Bay and offers a spectacular window to Wester Ross and the Northwest Highlands. From the famed local beaches of Big Sand and Redpoint, to the varied wildlife and opportunity to encounter whales and dolphins offshire, nature lovers will have plenty […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ben Damph EstateBen Damph Estate, The Bothy, Ben Damph Estate, Balgy, Strathcarron, IV54 8XP +44 (0)1241 830 258
Choose between our dry stone walled Bothy in a wonderful location overlooking Loch Torridon, sleeps 4 in comfortable beds in 2 rooms, let by the night.Also on the estate, a comfortable house next to the river Thrail, sleeps 8, let by the week or short stays by arrangement. The estate is a perfect base for […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 .
Fionn CroftFionn Croft, 23 Melvaig, Gairloch, IV21 2EA +44 (0)1445 771 320
A small working croft in the tiny seaside crofting township of Melvaig some 9 miles from Gairloch offers accommodation in the Shepherds Hut sleeping two, the self catering Lodge sleeping six and in the Cottage B&B with two rooms sleeping five. All properties are individually designed and have fantastic open views over the sea to […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Achiltibuie StoresAchiltibuie, Ullapool, IV26 2YG +44 (0)1854 622 496
Small convenience store selling groceries, petrol, diesel, gas, alcohol and much more!
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. […]
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.
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.
Unspoilt rural sandy beach opposite Isle Ewe, much favoured locally. Close to the National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Gardens. The 20-hectare site is home to many exotic plants and an extensive network of paths. There is also a cafe.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Loch Dubh Self Catering ChaletLoch Dubh Self Catering Chalet, Croft Road, Lochcarron, IV54 8YA +44 (0)1520 722 854
Loch Dubh now has a brand new chalet/holiday cottage situated next to the main house (Loch Dubh B&B). It offers flexible self catering or bed and breakfast for either couples or families. With stunning views over Lochcarron, it is an ideal base to explore the West coast.
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.
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: […]
Gairloch Sands Youth HostelGairloch Sands Youth Hostel, Carn Dearg, Gairloch, IV21 2DJ +44 (0)1445 712 219
A cosy former hunting lodge sitting on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch with magnificent sea and mountain views, Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is a popular choice for groups, families and individual travellers. The lounge in particular has stunning panoramic views of the Torridon hills and Loch Gairloch. Dog friendly accommodation is available at a […]
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.
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]