For your first day on the NC500 – explore the charming capital of the Highlands
Spend your morning exploring the city by bicycle. You can hire a bike from Ticket to Ride and explore the famous Caledonian Canal or meander through the islands around the River Ness.
Popular among ‘foodies’, Inverness has an array of restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from and a superb live music scene..
Velocity Cafe – serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food made from local ingredients.
The Heathmount Hotel – combines contemporary small bites with hearty home cooked dishes.
Immerse yourself in Scotland’s most famous legend! Tour Loch Ness in comfort with Jacobite Cruises or take a short drive out to Dores Beach. You might just spot Nessie!
Satify your need for speed for the Jacobite’s RIB speed boat (1 hour) or enjoy a gentle cruise of the canal and loch (2 hours). Experience the real stars of the Loch with Jacobite Cruises 4 hour boat cruise – discover castles, monuments and breathtaking scenery.
Dores is a 15 minute drive from Inverness – Dores Beach is the most northern point of Loch Ness. The pebble beach has some of the most iconic views of Loch ness. Look out for the Guinness World Record Holder for Nessie hunting in the small caravan at the beach.
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:
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.