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PLAN YOUR NC-500 ROAD TRIP!

Updated: Jun 30, 2020



WHY SCOTLAND SHOULD BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?


Well, this is quite a simple question! I love the heritage of this country, it is reflected in the proudness of Scottish people, we love Scottish Highland amazing landscapes, castles, lakes and lochs. Cities in Scotland are also amazing: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee amongst all of them make a good few days city escape!

Gastronomy is also pretty good, salmon, mussels and beef in Scotland are the best I have ever tried! Whisky could be also a great reason to visit Scotland!

And lastly... did you know that up north during aurora season you can spot the Northern Lights?


Still not convinced? Have a look at the guide below!


WHAT IS THE NC500 ROUTE?


A Scottish Route 66? Yes, it exists!

The North Coast 500 it's a route 500 miles long that starts and ends in Inverness that allows you to discover the most magnificent natural spots, castles and wildlife of the Scottish Highlands.

It is preferable to take this trip by campervan so you can enjoy the trip to the fullest!

You can also decide to travel the route by car or motorbike, some extreme adventurers even take the trip by bike!

REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS TRIP:


1. WILD CAMPING


Wild Camping is allowed in Scotland! So take advantage of this amazing opportunity but remember that there are some rules in order to preserve nature and wildlife:

Scottish Outdoor Access Code


Wild Camping is a great opportunity to enjoy nature at its best: you can have a barbecue by the lake, enjoy the sunrise/sunset from you tent, stargazing and enjoy the silence of the night time in a remote spot of the Highlands.

It is also great if you own a dog, they will surely enjoy off-leash time in the nature with you!


There is a mighty website that will help you with you wild camping nights! it is called PARK4NIGHT, just enter where you are looking for a nice wild camping area and several of them will show up with a lot of other travellers experiences to help you chose which area suits your needs better! And leave a comment the next day on how you night was so travellers after you will know better about the place! :D Let's connect!


2. BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES


Cliffs, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, ocean and castles make the Scottish Highlands a perfect destination for nature lover and photographers.

The landscapes you will come across during you road trip will be an amazing experience you will remember for life!


3. PHOTOGRAPHY AND DRONE FLYING:


The Highlands are a remote and quite isolated region of the North of Scotland and this means it is the perfect spot to use you drone without any law restriction and no interference of people and cars. For photography lovers this is also a great place to express you creativity, natural light will help you take amazing shots!


4. OPEN ROAD EXPERIENCE


As it is a Road- trip you can manage your time and stay as long as you like in places you like the most, you can stop wherever pleases you and it also a very adventurous experience!

An Open Road experience gives you flexibility on how and what you want to see!


5. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES


Outdoor activities are a must when visiting the Highlands, there a plenty of lakes for kayaking, mountains to hike and trails to walk! Hiking, walking, canoeing, golfing, boating, fishing and wildlife watching will be the highlights of your NC500 trip!


6. WHITE-SAND BEACHES


Needless to say that Scotland has wonderful beaches, it is up to you to discover them as they are quite hidden and secluded places.

Waters are generally very cold, even during summertime, but you can dare them if you are a brave soul!


7. AMAZING WILDLIFE


What is cuter than a Highlands cow? a Highlands calf!

They can be spotted everywhere, together with sheep, puffins and deer!

On the coast side you might be lucky enough to see orcas, whales, dolphins and seals!


8. HISTORICAL SITES AND CASTLES


The are an infinite numbers of castles in Scotland, most of them are ruins and free to visit, especially the ones by the cliffs and by the lochs.



9. WHISKY TASTING


Whisky is Scotland's national drink!

Scotland's pure waters are taken together with golden barley from the fields by distillers to transform them into whisky. There are many distillery tours where you can witness the making process of this traditional spirit, learning about its history enjoying a sip!


Distilleries that you should absolutely include in you trip:

Clynelish Distillery,Glen Ord Distillery,Wolfburn Distillery,Old Pulteney Distillery


WHEN AND WHERE TO GO:


The best time to go is between May and September, as there is a bigger chance to see clear skies and sunny days, undoubtedly good weather will make your stay even more enjoyable.

During these months days will last longer, sun usually rises at 4 am and sets at 10 pm, so you will have plenty of time to explore with daylight!


To see the itinerary we create for our trip (NC500 and the Isle of Skye) visit our

Travellers Point page!



WHAT TO PACK(for a trip during May-September):


ESSENTIALS:

  • Trekking shoes

  • K-way

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Tent and accessories

  • Hygiene Kit and Toiletries

  • Sleeping bag

  • Stock up on food

  • GPS

  • Charger for everything! (laptops, tablets,phones, drones, cameras and power bank)

  • Car adaptor

  • Power bank(s)

  • Torch

  • Towels

  • Compeed -like plasters

  • Body Wipes

  • Garbage Bags

  • Tweezers / Swiss Army Knife

Clothing:

  • Swimsuit

  • Lightweight Jacket

  • Pile sweater

  • Sportswear


EXTRAS:

  • Portable BBQ

  • Music Speaker

  • Laptop/Tablet

  • Thermos

  • Cooling Bag

  • Inflatable pillow(s)

  • Air Bed


TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Scotland has a very unpredictable weather so be ready for any eventuality it is best to wear layers of clothing as the weather changes during the day.

  • Bring always a bin bag with you and remember to always respect nature and don't leave any garbage behind!

  • If you are using a BBQ remember to be careful and make sure everything is good before going to sleep

  • Do not camp in dangerous places, use you brain!

  • Enjoy the trip because Scottish Highlands are an amazing place that deserves to be explored!


This was our little guide to help you plan and pack for your NC500 Road Trip! Let us know if you already adventured this path and we missed anything, or if this was of any help for you!


Happy Travels, Stay Safe!


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