The North Coast 500 (NC500) is the brand new touring route that aims to bring together the best of the Scottish Highlands.

The media have named it Scotland’s own Route 66, but really where else can compare with the culture and heritage of Scotland’s northern coastal route? On the NC500, you will see some of our most famous landmarks such as the magnificent Suilven, Dunrobin Castle or the beaches at Achmelvich and Dornoch.



What route does the NC500 take?

The official North Coast 500 route begins in Inverness and heads west towards Kyle of Lochalsh, up the scenic west coast to Durness and across the most northerly stretch to John O’Groats then back down to Inverness again, covering a total of 500 miles.

What is there to see and do along the NC500?

We are particularly fond of the Wester Ross area and the rugged coastline that provides an array of activities and beautiful landscapes to explore. From stunning beaches like Applecross Beach and Mellon Udrigle Beach, to the beautiful Ardessie Waterfalls, you will not be short of places to explore.

The Highlands offer a fantastic natural playground and we have our own Torridon Activities team ready to help you discover the best of the local mountains and lochs. Another way is to enjoy the landscape from the sea and Torridon Sea Tours offers daily boat tours on Loch Torridon. Perhaps you are more interested in Scottish Heritage? Beinn Eighe NNR Visitor Centre is a great place to learn more about Scotland and the surrounding area. For those of a sporty inclination, Lochcarron Golf Club is one of several courses to be found along the North Coast 500.


To begin planning your route and the places you want to see in Wester Ross, the NC500 have created an interactive map with information on outdoor activities & attractions, history & heritage sites, as well as locations of service stations. Experience the best that Scotland has to offer on the route that really has it all: dramatic scenery, stunning lochs, beautiful coastal drives, friendly local businesses and pubs. If you want an unforgettable drive through the stunning Scottish Highlands, then the North Coast 500 route is for you. It actually goes right past our front door, so if you are looking for a place to stay for the night, fancy a delicious meal or just want to pop in and say hello, we would be delighted to see you.


If you are interested in touring the NC500 with a reduced environmental impact, while also experiencing the amazing Tesla Model S, you might want to consider Whitecar, an electric car only rental company. The Torridon is a great place to start or finish the NC500, and we have arranged a discount with Whitecar for our guests. Simply let their team know you are staying at The Torridon and they will arrange the discount. Contact or Both The Torridon and the NC500 are fully equipped with electric car charge points.