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Scotland's North Coast 500

Scotland's North Coast 500

Think picturesque country roads with vivid coastal backdrops, beautiful historic landmarks and some of the best driving routes in the world and you have Scotland’s famous North Coast 500. This unique route covers around 516 miles of the North of Scotland, starting at the city of Inverness heading west then over to John O’Groats and back down to Inverness along the east coast.


Example itinerary for a 7 night self-drive trip

Night 1:  Starting at Inverness staying a night at the 4-star Kingsmill Hotel Inverness, B&B in a Double Room
Drive from Inverness to Gairloch: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Night 2:  Staying a night at the 3-star Myrtle Bank Hotel Gairloch, B&B in a Standard Double Room
Drive from Gairloch to Ullapool: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Night 3:  Staying a night at the 3-star The Harbour House Ullapool, B&B in a Standard Double
Drive from Ullapool to Tongue: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Night 4:  Staying a night at the 3-star The Tongue Hotel, B&B in a Standard Double
Drive from Tongue to Thurso: Just over 1 hour

Night 5:  Staying a night at the 4-star Forss House Hotel Thurso, B&B in a Standard Double
Drive from Thurso to Dornoch: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Night 6:  Staying a night at the 4-star Royal Golf Hotel Dornoch, B&B in a Classic Double
Drive from Dornoch to Inverness/Loch Ness: roughly just under 2 hours

Night 7:  Staying the last night at the 4-star The Lovat Loch Ness, B&B in a lovely Garden Room to end your trip back in Inverness.

Example prices start from £799 per person based on 7 nights in low season. 

This can also be made into a shorter trip of just 5 nights if you would like to increase the drive times in between. Driving  in the reverse order is also an option, so heading straight up to Thurso on the east side and then back down the west costal route via Ullapool and Torridon.

There’s nothing quite like a stay-cation in Scotland, no matter what time of the year. 

If you are looking to explore Scotland's North Coast 500 or want more information on about our other suggested stay-cations just call 0131 243 8098 or send us an online message and we'll be able to tailor-make the perfect trip just for you. 

Please note: The drive times are to be used as estimates. Taken from Google Maps on 9/9/2021 at 2pm.