|Track length:||819.5 km|
|Total ascent:||6925 m|
|Total descent:||6939 m|
|Difficulty Level:||2/5 - Easy|
The North Coast 500, a iconic touring route, 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.
The route is also known as the NC500 was created in 2015 by the North Highland Initiative to highlight some of Scotland’s magnificence
It has been dubbed Scotland’s answer to the renowned ‘Route 66’, just over 500 miles the route naturally follows the main roads across the coastal edges of the Highlands taking in the villages and towns, this must be one of the best road trips in Britain through amazing scenery, windy roads some straight and long with the wind blowing across heather clad moors, sweeping corners around some of the highest mountains in Britain, isolated beaches with the sea swelling all around, Lochs, Wildlife & Nature, high craggy cliffs, thick forest, wide open farmland, stunning beauty with a darker mysterious secrets from a bloody and turbulent time, to the Scottish weather that can change at every turn along the way making this route, one of the few remaining wild places you can drive, for all types of riders.
Only drive the more challenging routes if you are a confident rider, if you are a nervous driver, these roads are not for you, the locals know the roads, especially the single lane roads, so they drive fast and confidently, and will expect you to pull into the passing places as they approach or pull over and let them pass if they are behind you, remember we are no on holiday.
There are many highlights en route Applecross with the scenery changing at every corner, the drive through Assynt are especially memorable, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland, look out for places such as Ullapool, Durness, John O’Groats, Dornoch, Inverness, wick, thurso Betty Hill,Torridon and Ullapool, History, Heritage and Archaeology, Rogie falls, Smoo cave, Stunning views and scenery, the scenery changing at every turn, beautiful beaches, Dunrobin Castle, Whaligoe Steps,Castle Sinclair,the Duncansby Stacks, Durness, Balnakiel beach, Cocoa Mountain chocolate shop,Torridon, Diabaig, Bealach na Ba,Sandwood Bay, Kylesku, Oldshoremore, this trip will not disappoint.
the Best time to travel if you’re on a tight budget, aim for April to May and September to October. There is less competition for accommodation so prices are more affordable. It's also easier to get parking, November when so much is shut. A lot of accommodation close their doors as do pubs and food outlets. So plan not only your night stays but also your food stops, we literally drove a whole day and nothing was open for food. Pack snacks and water in your car. Even places who advertised they were open...weren't.
The most expensive time to travel this route is June to August, if you’re looking to travel during this time, book accommodation about 6-12 months in advance, if not you might have to consider camping, especially, if the only properties available are £300+ per night or everything is 'sold out,
plan the best experience possible. With 500 miles of rugged Scottish coastline to navigate and explore, it pays to make sure you have the best itinerary.
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In Scotland, you can participate in a variety of high-adrenaline and adventure sports. This country is an all-year-round playground for outdoor activities. The spring and summer months have mild weather and long days of light, which makes them ideal for hiking, biking, water sports, and other types of adventurous activities. Coastal & Water Activities, Walking, Mountaineering & Rock Climbing, Outdoor Centres to suite every age and ability, Forest & Land Activities, Cycling & Mountain Biking, Snow sports & Winter Activities to Wildlife Watching, Sightseeing Day Tours, Food & Drink Experiences, Multi-Day Cruises,
Then, Autumn and Winter give lengthy nights with no light pollution, the black dark skies offer stargazing with no light pollution, and the snow-capped mountains are capable of competing with some of the top winter locations around.
The Great Glen Way travels through a public right of way. The city of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is located approximately 15 miles to the north of the Great Glen Way. Inverness is home to numerous commercial, educational, retail, and service establishments, in addition to a bustling mainline railway station and an international airport.
You can learn more about the history, myths, and mysteries surrounding Loch Ness at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, which is located in the village of Drumnadrochit. Loch Ness is one of the largest and deepest expanses of water in Scotland, as it plunges to a depth of over 260 metres (over 800 feet). It is also the largest string of lochs along the Great Glen.
Take a boat ride on the Loch if you book at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. The boat will take you out to the deepest point of Loch Ness, show you the marker posts used by John Cobb during his water speed record attempt, tell you all the secrets of Urquhart Castle, and of course tell you about the shy monster. If you book at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, you can take a boat ride on the Loch.
You may also take a boat tour on Loch Ness from the harbour at the Clansman Hotel, as well as the new pier at Dochgarroch, which is located just outside of Inverness and is where the sightseeing bus departs each day during the summer.
Hiking is a popular activity among both tourists and locals because of the breathtaking vistas that can be seen from various places along the trail.
Depending on your level of fitness, the Great Glen Way can be completed in about seven days, while the Loch Ness Trail encircles the loch for approximately 80 miles.
You need to keep an eye out for way-markers as you make your way up the short path that leads to the beginning of the 'Craigmonie Woodland Trails' trailhead from Drumnadrochit.
There are several tough areas that require stamina and experience in order to complete the trip. Hikers can either work their way up or down the mountain routes depending on their skills and level of experience. You may wish to attempt the Munro's or the Corbett's.
You can get to many different walks and view points from the village of Drumnadrochit. Some of these walks include The falls of Divach, Urquhart Woods, Abriachan Forest Trust,Contin Forest Walk, Glen Urquhart Forest trails and water falls, Allt na Criche, Daviot Woods, Inverfarigaig, Little mill, Boblainy Forest, Daviot Wood, Balmacaan, Plodda Falls, Dog falls, Or
You should be aware that there are seasonal bye laws that came into effect on March 1, 2017, that affect how you can camp in some areas between the months of March and September. If you plan to "wild camp," you should be aware of these laws and check with the local authorities to ensure that you are in compliance with them.
- Drumnadrochit Geolocation Latitude 57.335460 Longitude -4.479927
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