FAQs For The North Coast 500
How long is the trip?
It is recommended that you spend at least five days on the journey, however the more, the better. With the extra time, you can travel without rushing and can explore everything you want to see, without cutting aspects out. The journey is not a race, take it slow and leave gaps in the itinerary so that you have the time to visit new places that you may stumble upon.
What’s the best transport method?
Whether you love walking, cycling, driving or your motorhome, you can travel almost any way you want to. Remember that the roads are narrow and have sharp bends so you must be an experienced driver or rider. Some aspects may be impassable in a motorhome, such as the ‘Bealach Na Ba’ stretch, so bring a map and prepare for diversions.
When is the best time to go?
We recommend avoiding the winter months as the roads can be treacherous and many attractions close. Summer is the warmest and sunniest time to visit, however, the weather can turn quickly in Scotland. Whenever you decide to go, make sure you are prepared for all weather eventualities.
Do I need to book?
The route is growing in popularity, and some of the villages are small with only a few places to stay, it can be very busy, particularly in summer. It is wise to book your accommodation in advance, but allow yourself flexibility in your itinerary, so that you don’t have to rush.
What do I need to bring?
You need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for all weathers and for all activities you plan to do.
It is vital that you bring your camera, these are views you’ll want to bring back with you.
The midges can ruin your trip with sheer annoyance; insect repellent is essential to keep those pesky midges at bay
Not all places will be on GPS, and when postcodes can stretch for miles, it can be difficult to find your accommodation. Have a map and directions in paper format so you can find your way regardless of GPS and mobile signal.
First Aid Kit
For you and your chosen method of transport, it is always good to be prepared.
Where should I visit?
Along the route, there is all manner of attractions, whether you love adventure, hiking, boating, history, food or culture. There is something for everyone. With so much to cram in, it is best to build an itinerary of things you love, whether that’s castles or beaches, distilleries or luxury hotels so that you can tailor the trip for your own preferences.
How much will it cost? The beauty of this trip is that you can spend as much or as little as you like. For ultimate luxury, you can find incredible hotels and high-end restaurants. Alternatively, you can wild camp and utilise local shops and supermarkets. Whichever way you want to travel and how much you want to spend there is something to suit every budget.