By Gabbi Armstrong
Communications Project Manager for the North Coast 500
Published: 15th May 2018

Behind Hidden Doors – Arts and Crafts of the NC500


The natural beauty of the North Coast 500 landscape provides inspiration for artists and craft makers throughout the North Highlands. Our inspirational landscape and Highland way of life fuels creativity; it is little wonder that we have so many studios and galleries, even in the most remote corner of the North Highlands.

Take a moment to stop by and feel inspired, or purchase a painting of your favourite place as a memory of your North Coast 500 travels.

There are also many craft shops and luxury retail experiences to help uncover just some of the work of our diverse and talented artists and craft makers – from painting, photography, pottery and sculpture, to hand-made textures, spinning, carving, wood turning and much more. Many local artists and craft makers offer the opportunity to get involved and create your own fragrance, pottery or jewellery, for a Highland experience like no other.

Many venues host events throughout the year, including classes and open studios where visitors are welcome to come along and paint.

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Photos: Rhue Art, Aurorabearealis, Golspie Gallery, Patricia Niemann Design 


NC500 arts, music and retail experiences

1. Discover our galleries and studios in and around the route

From painters’ studios to art galleries, glass blowers, museums, jewellery designs and much more, make some time during your travels to learn about the artists and craft makers of the North Highlands, and the beautiful scenery which inspires them.

2. Visit our craft shops and other retail experiences

Support local makers and the North Highland economy during your trip, and buy your gifts and holiday mementos from the NC500’s wide range of craft shops and other retail experiences.

3. Take a stroll through some of Scotland’s finest markets.

From farmers markets and craft markets to farm shops on the NC500. There are so many options in the North Highlands when it comes to buying fresh produce and local crafts.

4. Indulge in local arts and crafts experiences

Rather than viewing from a distance, often the best way to immerse yourself in the Scottish Highlands’ arts and crafts – and all the culture associated with them – is to experience a few activities for yourself…

Photo: Patricia Niemann: Antler, Quartz Neckpiece

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