The North Coast 500
Bringing together a route of just over 500 miles (516 to be exact…) of stunning coastal scenery, the North Coast 500 naturally follows 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. Forss House is the perfect place to stay or just pop in for dinner during the Caithness leg of your adventure.
The Official North Coast 500 route begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle which, perched on top of a hill, is the perfect starting point to the route and offers unparalleled views over the capital city of the Highlands. The North Coast 500 was created in 2015 by the North Highland Initiative (NHI), a non-profit organisation established by HRH, Prince Charles in 2005 in an effort to develop economic growth across the North Highlands.
Discover the route
With ancient castles, glistening sandy beaches and spell-binding heritage, it is not hard to understand why the NC500 has proved to be so popular. The route can be completed in 5 days, or over several weeks on a more leisurely schedule and can be explored as a loop or in part.
The North Coast 500 website is full of information, tips and hints on attractions and itinerary suggestions, as well as various consumer and business membership options and the opportunity to create your own bespoke itinerary with its luxury concierge service, and a whole range of official merchandise.