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Launched in 2015 by the North Highlands Initiative, the North Coast 500 route has quickly become one of the most popular driving routes in the UK and in Europe. Considered by many as the UK’s answer to Route 66, this incredible 500-mile long circular route offers epic scenery, delicious local food, incredible whisky, and welcoming locals. So, if you feel like going on an epic road trip without crossing the Atlantic, this is the one for you!
The North Coast 500 explores six of Scotland’s finest regions: Black Isle, Caithness, Easter Ross, Inverness-shire, Sutherland and Wester Ross. Traditionally, the route begins in Inverness and continues in a clockwise direction along the stunning coastal route for 516 miles. We’d recommend at least seven days to complete the route but it’s well worth pacing yourself if you’ve got the time. The classic pit-stops include, but are not limited to, Applecross, Ullapool, Lochinver, Durness, Thurso, John O’Groats and Dornoch. Of course, these are just recommendations and you can tailor make your adventure to your taste.
By Rachel Hammerton