By Karen Newman
Local cyclist, cycle trainer and bike-ability provider
Published: 4th May 2018

Cycling the NC500


There are several superb routes throughout the main NC500 route to explore and discover.. The North Coast 500 is a challenge of terrain and variable weather and the leisurely pace gives you time to stop and enjoy the landscape and experience this unique environment and it’s communities. Hire a bike with Ticket to Ride in Inverness at the start of your trip.


Karen Newman, local cyclist and cycle trainer has compiled a series of information on cycling the NC500 and Northern Scotland in general to provide you with advice for planning your trip and having a safe and enjoyable journey:

All cycling information included in the NC500 website is as correct as possible as of April 2018.
This information, and more, can be found on the NC500-a Cyclist’s Guide to the North Highlands facebook page which can be more easily updated on a regular basis.

All distances are approximate and can vary up to 3% depending on which mapping software you use. The route maps and elevation graphs have been plotted using BikeHike.

For more information please join Karen Newman’s Facebook page:

This not-for-profit page was set up as a platform to disseminate what it is hoped will eventually become the definitive guide to cycling the NC500 and other roads in the area. It contains additional information pertinent to cycling in the area that can’t be included on this NC500 website due to commercial considerations or because the information covers areas outwith the NC500 route.

Although the public cannot post on this Facebook page, constructive comments are welcomed. The information contained on the page will be kept up-to-date and will consider other cyclists’ perspectives, as appropriate. In this way, it is hoped that it will be more useful and accurate in future years than a paper guide-book.

NC500-Cycling Facebook Group
This is a closed group but anyone is invited to join. It is a forum to share experiences and post and read about up-to-date information about cycling the NC500 and the Highlands in general.

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