If you don’t already know by now, Scotland is renowned for it’s beautiful landscapes and scenery. It is unbelievable how close you are, at any given moment in Scotland, to something or somewhere so eye-catching. Lochs, mountains, forests, castles – Scotland really does have it all. (Well.. other than the weather of course!)
Generally as Scots we both find that we have spent most of our time around central Scotland and below, and with our plans of vacating to Australia in October looming in on us quickly, we thought it would be a pity not to explore the Highlands. Thankfully we have the luxury of not having to sit down and carefully set out a specific route that we want to follow. ‘Why not?’ you’re asking? Because up north in the Scottish Highlands there is a popular road trip route already established..
The North Coast 500!
Otherwise referred to as NC500, The North Coast 500 has been dubbed “Scotland’s Route 66” and is included in Now Travel Magazine’s “Top 5 Coastal Routes in the World”. Known for it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful views, NC500 is a 516 mile scenic route round the North of Scotland’s coasts, trailing you through some of Scotland’s most remote and rural locations. Starting off in Inverness the winding roads lead through towns like Ullapool, Thurso, John O’Groats – Scotland’s most northerly point and runs through Wick – a town known for it’s Viking settlements around the 12th Century, before making a return to Inverness.
Other than beautiful landscapes, Scotland is known for it’s mouthwatering fresh seafood and it’s alcohol. Therefore en route we are sure to expect to come across many of the wonderful breweries, distilleries and seafood bars, all tucked away within the Highland’s mountainous landscape and quaint little coastal towns. The odds are also said to be high on stumbling across some picturesque highland cows – an iconic feature on many Scottish postcards and souvenirs. With beautiful beaches, caves and heaps of waterfalls on the way, we are sure to be pulling over and snapping them up as much as possible.
The official tourist board recommends 5 days to cover the route but feedback by people who have covered the trip is that a week is needed.. but upwards of that to 2 weeks is worthwhile if possible, as there is so many sights to see, things to do and moments to capture. We have set aside 8-9 days for the trip and will begin on Saturday 29th July. There are various options for accommodation on the way but we have decided to go for wild camping, for the most part.. maybe indulging in a hot bath and a comfy bed at some point, if we’re lucky
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