Active Adventurer

Are you ready for a week packed full of adventure?

There is something for everyone on the North Coast 500, for more inspiration – visit our ‘Adventure and Outdoors‘ section of our website. Taking a family trip? Find out more here.

Active Adventurer - Day 1

Inverness area

AM All things outdoors!

Full Day

Begin (or end) your NC500 travels at ACE Adventures & Hideaways, tucked away by the River Findhorn – a 45 minute drive from Inverness.

They specialise in all things outdoors! Not only do they have a range of exciting activities to participate in, they offer the best white water rafting in the UK! Spend your day rafting, canyoning, river tubing, disc golf, cliff jumping, paintballing or canoeing or kayaking. Spend your first night with them in their rustic retreat, bell tent, or luxury shepherd’s hut! You may end up staying more than one night!

PM Which activity will you choose?

  • White Water Rafting: The best white water rafting in the UK! Enjoy a world class experience any day of the year!
  • Canoeing/Kayaking: Inflatable canoes and kayaks enable you to tackle up to grade 3 white water rapids.
  • Canyoning: The more adventurous form of gorge walking. Got a head for heights? You can absail down their 45 foot corkscrew waterfall + enjou jumping into pools, caving under trees, scrambling and swimming.
  • River Tubing & Cliff Jumping: The best river tubing in Scotland! Float down the river in an inflatable river ring! You will enjoy bouncing down the rapids. Cliff jumping is also known as tombstoning or coasteering in the UK and at ACE – it is particulary thrilling due to the dark tannin stained water of River Findhorn.

Evening Accommodation & Evening Meal

For your first night we recommend staying at ACE Adventures & Hideaways,choose between their:

  • Shepherd’s hut: A tranquil, luxury glamping experience! Their two handbuilt traditional shepherd’s huts are located in a quiet and private setting. Enjoy a cosy authentic glamping experience with a double bed, wood burner and outside log seating. Combined with a campfire and BBQ skillet.
  • Bell Tent: Nested in the birch woodland you will find their 6 metre canvas tents that sleep up to 7 people. A mix between the modern glamping experience and the traditional wild camping, the tent includes a rustic fire pit with removable grill for cooking (perfect for couples too).
  • Rustic Retreat: A rustic cattle byre steading offering a small kiosk which includes bags of seasoned hardwood for campfires and wood burners. Their off grid camp kitchen offers hot and cold water, for an authentic experience cooking can be done using their firepits with skillets. You may also use the off grid showers at the camp lean to. (Alternatively you can use the two ring cooker and their modern toilet and shower facilities).

Sleeping bags and bedding are also available if needed + power outlets can be used for charging devices with complimentary wifi.

  • Campsite: Camping the NC5o0 – pitch your tent within their secluded birch and scots pine woodland. Each pitch include a fire pit and cooking skillet.

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Vehicle Hire Suggestions

Hire a car:

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:

Ticket to Ride

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:

North Coast 500 Moto Experience Inverness, Highland Motorcycle Hire,  Muir of Ord, Haggis Tours, Tore

Hire a campervan/motorhome:

Highland Coastal Campers ,Highland Trail Motorhomes,Highland Campervans, North 500 Motorhomes, Rover Rentals

Road Safety & Advice

  • Make sure to check our road safety section of our website- particularly how to drive single track roads!
  • Watch out for wildlife and farm life who also like to roam these roads!
  • The legal drink-drive limit in Scotland is lower than anywhere else in the UK: 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. If you are the designated driver and visiting breweries and distilleries across the route, many of them will provide samples for your to enjoy back at your accommodation provider or on your return home.
  • Make sure dogs are kept on leads. Adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Code. Wear sensible clothing and footwear.

Itineraries Info

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.

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