Happy Campers

For those looking to live on the wild side!

Happy Campers - Day 1

Inverness

AM Explore the capital of the Highlands!

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..


Lunch

Velocity Cafe – serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food made from local ingredients.

The Heathmount Hotel – combines contemporary small bites with hearty home cooked dishes.

PM Heard of the famous Loch Ness Monster?

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.

Evening Set up camp

Spend your first night either in Inverness or on the outskirts of the city. We recommend Torvean Caravan Park in Inverness. Alternatively, we recommend Black Rock Caravan Park in Evanton or Beauly Holiday Park near Beauly.

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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:

Focus Vehicle Rental, Highland Sports Car hire, Aberdeen/Inverness 4×4

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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