Since its launch in 2015, The North Coast 500 has reached a global audience of over 2.3 billion and has quickly become known as Scotland’s answer to Route 66. Holiday makers from across the globe flock to Scotland to experience the sights and attractions this road has to offer, so during peak times hotels and accommodation become quickly booked, many holiday makers are choosing to take this journey in a campervan or motorhome – combining travel and luxury accommodation into one. The NC500 helps you discover the best that The Highlands have to offer, from magical and mystical castles to distilleries and breweries, and the dramatic landscapes, spectacular cuisine and rare wildlife that stands between them.
Easicampers offer campervan and motorhome hire from a large numbers of depots in both England and Scotland, so your journey can begin pretty much wherever you happen to be! If you are flying into Scotland, you can collect a vehicle from depots at Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen Airport and hit the road immediately. For holiday makers driving from elsewhere in England, depots across the country including most major airports allow you to begin your road trip right away.
The NC500 route covers just over 500 miles of spectacular coastal scenery, naturally following the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands, taking in the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, The Black Isle and Inverness-Shire. The route begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle which stands proudly atop a hill, boasting unparalleled views from its viewing tower over the capital of The Highlands.
Typically travelled in a motor vehicle, this route is also known as an endurance test for cyclists and even some walkers. The length of the trip is entirely down to the preferences of the individual and how much they wish to see, however most travellers take around a week and there are plenty of quality campsites, or places to park for the evening. The entire route is a feast for the eyes, however Easicampers have compiled a list of highlights and ‘must see’ locations for your campervan or motorhome holiday;
The famous Bealach na Bà (Gaelic for “Pass of the Cattle”) from Applecross is an Alpine style road climb that zig-zags upwards from sea level to 626m, make sure you take a moment to stop and appreciate the view from the top!
Reputed to be home to a monster, just like its cousin Loch Ness (which can also be incorporated into the NC500 route) Loch Maree is often referred to as the most beautiful Loch in The Highlands. It contains five large wooded islands and over 60 smaller ones, many of which have their own lakelets.
The sandy beaches in the north west of Scotland are a sight to behold. Stretch your legs at Gruyard Bay in Ross and Cromarty, or walk the white sands of Achmelvich beach, near Lochinver. In Sutherland, Sandwood Bay is always worth a look, there is no motorised access to this fabulous stretch of sand, but it is well worth the rugged 6 mile walk in – and back out again.
Look inland at any point of your journey, from the elevated view of your motorhome or campervan and you will be spoilt for choice with the many hills and mountains to see – and hike. Perhaps you’ll choose Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, in the Torridon area, with walks to suit everyone, from a gentle stroll on a lower-level trail to a majestic Munro (mountains in Scotland with a summit of more than 914.4m or 3000ft). Iconic Stac Pollaidh with its summit of 612m is another great hiking possibility. The views from the top are superb.
Make sure to prepare for all weather conditions, even in summer. Many travellers have reported that they have seen all four seasons in a single day whilst travelling The NC500, so ensure your campervan or motorhome is packed for all eventualities.
This spectacular route is an absolute MUST for anyone looking to visit the Scottish Highlands, visit http://www.easicampervanhire.com for more information…………