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We’re taking on “Scotland’s Route 66”

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

 

Here are a handful of the sights you can expect to come across, upon the NC500.
If you would like more information on this trip check out the North Coast 500 website or visit their Twitter.

If you’re interested in this, you’ll love our Glen Coe Lost Valley drone footage:

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  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    April 15, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Yesss! I’ve done the eastern part loads as I’m from Orkney so the drive from John O’Groats/Thurso down to Inverness is a fairly regular one, and there are some really awesome stretches of road. I’m hoping to get the western one done this year too!

    Let me know if you make it to Orkney as well, I’d be happy to show you guys around! 🙂

    • Wanderfully Living
      April 16, 2017 at 1:51 PM

      Fantastic I look forward to the nice stretches of road. I’ve never been as far up as Inverness so I look forward to it all.. so many new places! Orkney’s definitely a place I would be interested in visiting actually, so who knows we could always try incorporate it in our trip 🙂 Sounds great that would be fun, thank you!

  • EttaD
    May 5, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    I LOVE the Highlands and have made several trips up there, Glencoe being one of my favourite spot. We’ve travelled as far up as John O’ Groats. Our next road trip is going to be tot he Isle of Skye 🙂

    • Wanderfully Living
      May 5, 2017 at 10:19 PM

      Aww great there are so many stunning places in Scotland! I loved Glen Coe.. if you’ve not already you should look out for my Glen Coe Lost Valley blog.. we hiked through the valley and got some amazing drone footage. Sounds brilliant I can’t wait to get on the road and up North!