Happy Campers

For those looking to live on the wild side! 

Hire a vehicle or motorbike at: NB: Please note that all our itineraries are based on suggestions alone. If you would like a more comprehensive option please head to our interactive map. Please also    be aware, some campsites are closed during the off season- Remember to pre book meals/activities! 

* 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!
*Remember 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.
  * Keep dogs on leads
* Wear sensible clothing and footwear  *Adhere to the
Scottish Outdoor Code

Banner Image courtesy of Shore Caravan Site, Achmelvich

Inverness to Applecross (approx. 82miles)

  We hoped you enjoyed the scenic drive to Inverness!

  Time to get on the road and enjoy what the rugged Highlands has to offer. Head west out of Inverness towards Wester Ross. You may wish to pick up some supplies in Robertson’s The Larder Farm Shop, located just outside of the village of Beauly.  In the summer months, their children’s farmyard is open to the public- families love to meet their selection of farm animals.

  As you leave the village of Muir of Ord, take a tour of one of Scotland’s oldest whisky distilleries at Glen Ord Distillery (pictured). There are a wide range of malts to choose from in the shop too, why not enjoy a wee dram this evening while taking in the west’s breath taking scenery?  Try even toasting in Gaelic… Slàinte mhath! (Pronounced 'slange - ee-va)                                        
(If you are the designated driver, don't worry you can take a sample to enjoy later)

  Wester Ross is part of the region of Ross-shire along with Easter Ross and is the first area you arrive in after taking off in Inverness. A truly stunning area of extravagant landscapes, glistening lochs, rugged mountains and single track roads, your NC500 journey will really begin to light your imagination as you drive (remember to allow for overtaking and watch out for sheep pottering about).
  Just before you reach the village of Lochcarron, take the turn off to Strathcarron for a few miles until you reach Carron Restaurant  Enjoy some delicious dining or relax by the fire and tuck into some cake. It is their aim to have a seasonally changing menu with fresh home baking that reflects this almost hidden part of Scotland.

  You will be driving through the spectacular Bealach na Bà, Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle. The historic pass through the mountains boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,054 ft.), it is the third highest road in Scotland with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%.

  (If you are travelling by motorhome and it is more than a standard VW T5 conversion (ie about 16 – 18 ft in length), please take the alternative route- A896)

  Spend the remainder of your afternoon exploring the village and wider area by foot. Applecross is an ideal location for walking with plenty of coastal, forestry and mountain walks (Check out the Walk Highlands website for more info).

  Set up camp at the Applecross Campsite (pictured), which offers a spacious camping area, or even stay in one of their Wigwams!

  If you don’t feel like cooking, saunter down to the Applecross Walled Garden Potting shed and Cafe, which serves meals until 8.30pm. Alternatively, sit back and relax with the Applecross Inn’s famous fish and chips from their retro inspired ‘Inn -Side Out Van on the shore side with views out over the Inner sound to the Islands of Raasay and Rona.

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