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North Coast 500 Motorhome Tour

Posted by: HITS Highland Motorhomes Oct 4, 2015

North Coast 500 RouteThe Official North Coast 500 route, Scotland’s answer to the US Route 66, begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle. Bringing together a route of just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery, the route path naturally follows the main roads across the coastal edges of the North Highlands taking in the villages and towns of places like Ullapool, Durness, John O'Groats, Dornoch and Inverness.

Dunrobin CastleThe first 100 miles takes you through the Black Isle and onto Caithness. If you love wildlife take a stop at the Cromarty Firth to go seal spotting or with a quick detour you could bag a Munro as Ben Wyvis is to your left. If your interest is in Scottish History there are Pictish trails and castles on the route, including the fairy tale Dunrobin Castle. There are also some truly stunning beaches such as Embo and Dornoch on this stretch.

North of Wick you’ll pass the ruined castle of Sinclair Girnigoe before the heart-stopping descent into John O’Groats, with Stroma and Orkney visible across the water. Westwards are the wonderful dunes of Dunnet Bay. This is the most remote section of the journey as you approach Durness, where every beach beautiful, none more so than Smoo cove.

Smoo Caves North Coast 500 motorhome routeAfter Cape Wrath is the stunning Kylesku passage, between lochs Glencoul and Gleann Dubh. Next you head to Gairloch. Loch Ewe and Loch Maree, south of Ullapool, are on the way, before you head back to Inverness, passing Torridon and Applecross.

North Coast 500 BeachStart planning your tour of the North Coast 500, there’s plenty of Campsites in Scotland to choose from and there's a Google Map of the North Coast 500 route.

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