Head west out of Inverness through the charming villages of Beauly, Muir of Ord and Strathpeffer. If you have children with you, they may enjoy the Highland Museum of Childhood. Otherwise a visit to Glen Ord Distillery is a must; a delight to both the eye and the palate! Enjoy a tour of one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland!
For lunch, drop into Coul House hotel, they include a range of dining options from contemporary Scottish cuisine to some of the more traditional favourites.
A five minute drive and you will arrive at Rogie Falls, a superb short walk to stretch the legs and fun for all the family. From August to September you can often see Salmon leaping upstream!
Continue West, through Achnasheen and towards Lochcarron. Before you reach Lochcarron, take a short detour (only three miles) through Strathcarron and visit Attadale Gardens – one of Scotland’s “hidden gems”. Back through Lochcarron, head towards Applecross, and in about 30 minutes time, you will arrive at the spectacular Bealach na Ba, (Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle). The historic pass through the mountains towards Applecross boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK.
(Travelling by motorhome? If it is more than a standard VW T5 conversion (ie about 16 – 18 ft in length), please do not go over the pass, take the alternative route – A 832)
From Applecross, continue along the North Coast 500 on the coastal road, and enjoy the amazing views to your left over to Skye and the Hebrides. Situated on the stunning Applecross peninsula, drop in and browse the selection of smoked fish and cheeses at Applecross Smokehouse – ‘straight from their boat to your basket’- why not order some for your return home while you reminisce over your amazing NC500 travels!
Bealach Na Ba image by Merlin Kafka
You will find your accommodation for the night on the edge of Loch Torridon. You can either go for full luxury in the Torridon Hotel, or the cosy comfort of the Torridon Inn. For an evening meal, The Torridon poses two options: the Inn or the hotel’s restaurant. Both famous in their own right for delicious cuisine – if you’re staying in the Hotel, don’t forget to browse their extensive whisky collection! Enjoy a relaxing night and perhaps a walk along the loch.
Alternatively, continue for half an hour to the Kinlochewe Hotel (+ 12 bed bunkhouse- bring your sleeping bag and towel) for a delightful night’s stay and evening meal.
Hire a car:
- Arnold Clark, Inverness
Whether you need a compact car, an off-roader or something to keep the whole family comfortable, Arnold Clark, official partner of the NC500 offer an unrivalled range of vehicles to take on every terrain.
You can now experience luxury electric vehicles for both self-drive rental and chauffeur driven tours with Ecosse EV, official partner of the NC500.
Other car hire companies:
Hire a bicycle:
They provide transport for walkers, cyclists, bikes and all your gear between Inverness and Durness and all points in between.This is not a scheduled service but operates more like a cyclist taxi service.
Hire a motorbike:
Hire a campervan/motorhome:
All our itineraries are based on suggestions alone. If you would like a more comprehensive option please head to our interactive map. Itineraries are based on main seasonality opening times March-September – remember to pre book meals/activities/tours.
Luxury chauffer driven tours/ Motorbike guided tours
Alternatively, take a luxury chauffer driven tour by the all-electric Tesla supercar. Ecosse EV, is the official partner of the NC500 – providing luxury electric vehicles for both self-drive rental and chauffeur driven tours.
Or hire a motorbike and a guided tour with Haggis Tours.