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The North Coast 500: Scotland's Route 66
Posted on 20/04/2019 9 shares

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Pack your bags, put on your walking boots and queue your best playlists for the road trip of a lifetime.

Get in gear to see the sights

Get in gear to see the sights
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With its magnificent castles, long sandy beaches, rugged landscape and abundant wildlife, it is no wonder Scotland is often voted the most beautiful country in the world. If you're planning to visit, what better way to see these award-winning wonders than to take a road trip around the Scottish Highlands. The North Coast 500 is Scotland's newly founded official road trip, taking participants along winding, coastal roads and through quaint, historic villages on a 516-mile journey through paradise.

Follow the curves of the enchanting Scottish coastline

Follow the curves of the enchanting Scottish coastline
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Traditionally, the route begins and ends in Inverness, in the southwest corner of the Highlands. However, you can start your trip from anywhere along the route, and shorten it if you have a limited number of days. The adaptability of the North Coast 500 is what makes this a great way to see Scotland, no matter your itinerary. If fuel wasn't an issue, the entire route could be done in under 13 hours, but what fun would that be? From gorges, beaches and waterfalls to museums, nature reserves and castles, the trip can be stretched from 4 days to 4 weeks. It's completely up to you.

516 miles of sheer beauty

516 miles of sheer beauty
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The clue is in the name: this trip's main focus is the coast. The north of Scotland boasts some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, with top picks being Achmelvich Bay, Sandwood Beach, Sango Bay and Oldshoremore Beach (pictured). Attractions along the route include the Trailigill Cave network, the Corrieshalloch Gorge, numerous whisky distilleries, golf courses, boat tours, and mainland Scotland's northernmost fish and chip shop, in John O'Groats. You can even hop on a ferry from here and spend a day or two on the Orkney Islands. Stop off and explore these wonders in between stays at a range of places like minimalistic B&Bs, luxurious castles, and cosy log cabins.

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?
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So, whether you have a few days to fill or a long holiday to plan, the North Coast 500 is by far the most adventurous way to see Scotland in all of its natural glory. Make sure you plan ahead and come prepared; Scotland's climate is ever changing, so pack sunscreen and a hat, alongside thick socks and a waterproof jacket!

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