It’s all about the journey!

They often say, 'four wheels will get you there but two will make the journey memorable'!

If you need anything for your bike prior to your trip? Visit BRC Motorcycles  or Ullapool Motorcycles has everything you will need, from motorcycle accessories, clothing, diagnostics, parts, repairs, servicing and tyres! Or perhaps you are looking to hire a motorbike, then get in touch with North Coast 500 Moto Experience.

  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 check before the availability of businesses during 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!
* 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

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Inverness to Cromarty (approx. 25 miles)

  We hope you enjoyed the trip up to Inverness!

  You can’t go to the Highlands and not visit Loch Ness!  The ride is accompanied by unrivalled views over the loch. Why not stop off at Dores beach? The perfect location to admire the view of Loch Ness (and the bike!). You may even come across the resident Nessie hunter and world record hunter, who has devoted 25 years searching for the Loch Ness Monster.

  Head back towards Inverness – Don’t forget to refuel before heading off! For an alternative route, travel the A9 through the Black Isle and drop your bags off for the night while you explore the Black Isle and Dingwall area.

Motorbike Image Courtesy of NC500 Moto Experience
  Situated by the harbour in the historic town of Cromarty, enjoy a meal at Sutor Creek, a Michelin recommended family restaurant offering Scottish seafood, seasonal menus and wood-fired pizzas. (Serves Lunch between 12-2pm) You may be lucky enough to spot dolphins by the shore line.

  The Black Isle, is in fact a peninsula and is rich in history and culture, food and drink, wildlife and adventure… (download a map to the Black Isle here). We have a few recommendations for you:
  • How about a tour at the UK’s premier organic Black Isle Brewery (pictured)? Renowned for making world class beers from the finest organic malt and hops grown.
  • Enjoy the short woodland trail at Clootie Well- this is a somewhat strange remnant of an ancient tradition dates back to when pilgrims would make offerings in the hope of curing an ailment.
  • Explore Dingwall, with a visit to the Sports and Model shop located on the high street-enjoy browsing the wooden boat kits, remote control helicopters, planes, cars and boats etc.
  There are many B&B’s to choose from, check out our website for more options.

  We recommend the lavish family run Factors house, you can even pre book dinner here as part of your stay. Or The Old Drynie House (pictured), North Kessock; both offer awe-inspiring luxury accommodation.

  Camping is a popular choice for motorcyclists so why not meet more like minded people at Fortrose Bay Campsite - a stunning location overlooking the Moray Firth- 10 minutes away from what is considered one of the best dolphin watching spot in Europe! (Check out our camping itinerary for more campsite recommendations)

  Chanterelle Kinkel (Kinkel House Hotel) is an exciting new restaurant run by two young local chefs that brings together the best of classic and contemporary Scottish fare, while also offering a delicious selection of vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free dishes. The dining room offers stunning views of the Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis.

  Alternatively, do you prefer a roaring fire or a beer garden? Culbokie Inn has it all! Sit back, relax and enjoy a traditional Highland pub meal. The Inn is owned by a local farming family, the produce is locally sourced and they even produce their own beef and lamb when in season.  A popular country pub with the locals with panoramic views over the Cromarty Firth, Ben Wyvis and beyond!

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