North Coast 500 Round trip from Inverness
View coming down from Applecross RP 36
This is the iconic NC500 that travels on THE BEST coastal roads that the Highlands of Scotland has on offer. The North Coast 500 is becoming recognised as one of the world's greatest road trips and must be on every serious traveller's list of places to visit.
Some hardcore motorcyclists like to 'bag' this route in one day! I think this route and the absolutely breathtaking scenery, deserves a minimum of two nights, therefore I have planned two overnight stops. The first in a very nice, budget hostel (I have stayed there) and another in a mid priced hotel, links for booking these will be below this review. The NC500 has it's own very good website too with lots of information, I will place a link for this below. You can even hire a motorcycle at Inverness where the NC500 officially starts from, another link below.
No amount of pictures and words could fully convey just how utterly fantastic this route is. My wife and I rode our motorcycles on most of this route in May 2016 and the memories are still very clear. We will return, very soon!

For obvious reasons this route gets top marks from me so I have awarded 5***** stars.
Kyle of Tongue RP 10
Kylesku Bridge RP 19
Useful links:
Lazy Crofter Bunkhouse
Gairloch Hotel
NC500 website
North Coast 500 Moto Experience (motorcycle hire)

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This collection of routes in the spectacular Scottish Highland's offers a great way to experience the full spectrum of what this region has to offer - snowcapped mountains, loch after loch, areas of solitary wilderness, white sandy beaches and a multitude of historic castles and buildings that reflect the past, the Highland's have everything. The weather however, cannot be guaranteed and somebody once said " Nobody visits Scotland for the weather"!
May can be a very good time of year to visit - temperatures can be pleasant and it's often a dry month with the added bonus that it's too early for the midgies. Many of the roads are single lane but largely empty and well maintained so the riding is comfortable and stress free allowing you to take in the views and there really is a wow around every corner. The pass at Glencoe for example is staggeringly impressive - you can actually see the geology and appreciate how it was scooped out by glaciers.
The people you encounter are warm and engaging and the food is good.
The very popular North Coast 500 route is included for those of you with Iron Butts that like a 1 day challenge. For me, the best way of enjoying the NC 500 is with two overnight stops, so the route includes these if required.