The USA has Route 66; Australia, the Great Ocean Road; and South Africa, the Garden Route. And Scotland has its very own epic road trip in the shape of the North Coast 500.
The official route begins and ends at Inverness Castle; from there it goes across to Kyle of Lochalsh, the gateway to Skye, up the magnificent west coast to Durness, along the north coast to John o’ Groats, then down the east coast to Inverness again.
Here we list some of the top sights to make your North Coast 500 tour as memorable an experience as possible:
Bealach na Ba
More information on the North Coast 500
If you want to read more on the North Coast 500 route and all of Scotland’s Highlands & Islands, check out the Footprint book, now part of the Bradt Guides imprint: