Today we are starting the famous North Coast 500 route! Our aim is to wild camp around the Northern Highlands over three weeks, using the NC500 as our outline route. This gives us a TON of time to visit all the breathtaking sites and do the various activities that this amazing route has to offer!
The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile (830 km) scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. The route is also known as the NC500 and was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland in one iconic touring route.
We heard that if you go to the information centre in Inverness you can get a free map of the route and a load of information about what there is to see, so we decided that before we got going we’d head to the iCentre on the High Street to take a look! Because they don’t have big stock of these maps (it’s a popular one!) they don’t have it out on display, but if you ask they will be happy to give you one!
We’ve decided we’re going to take the route anti-clockwise. We haven’t made it very far yet (this is our first night) but its beautiful already and we’re so excited!
There seems to be so much to do and see along the way. We are really excited to see some wildlife, (especially deer, dolphins, whales!), hopefully catch the northern lights, getting a picture at the most northerly point of mainland Britain, and of course all the dramatic landscapes, ancient castles and… I want to surf!
Graham Bradshaw: Achnahaird Beach, March 2017
For our first night we decided to stay at the very beautiful, Loch Achilty. Now, if you know where it is, you’ll have realised it is not in the right direction – but it’s too beautiful not to!)
We are so in love with this spot, so we are writing a full article about it.
See you soon.