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The North Coast 500, Scotland

From £2,580
for 2 adults

  • Adventure

    Adventure

  • Beach

    Beach

  • Discovery

    Discovery

  • Family

    Family

  • Road Trips

    Road Trips

Adventure along the world-renowned North Coast 500 route, exploring the spectacular and dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands on this truly beautiful self-drive adventure. Starting in Inverness and travelling clockwise around the Highland coasts, you will witness some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes with magnificent Lochs, incredible coastal roads and unbelievable mountain ranges, providing the ultimate backdrops for this bucket-list road trip. Starting in the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, you will drive through the tranquil Applecross Peninsula of Wester Ross, carrying on through the picture-postcard village of Ullapool before reaching the hidden beaches of Durness, and carrying on to the most northern point of mainland Britain before continuing back round to Inverness via the untouched towns of Thurso and Dornoch.

  • Taking to the wheel of your own hire car allowing you to explore the rugged landscapes and spectacular scenery at your own pace
  • Stays at a collection of luxurious boutique properties, providing the perfect havens en route along the NC500
  • Explore the quaint fishing village of Ullapool and enjoy the relaxed pace of local life
  • Immerse yourself in the great outdoors with clifftop walks and exhilarating summits
  • Soak up the finest and most delectable cuisine such as rock oysters on the pristine white-sand coastal beaches of Durness
  • Visit the Queen Mother’s holiday home, the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the most northerly inhabited castle in Scotland
  • Ensure you capture the iconic photo at John O’Groats signpost
  • Enjoy a visit to Dunrobin Castle – a must visit along the route and the historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland dating back to the 1200’s
  • A visit to the breath-taking botanical gardens of Inverewe, home to Scotland’s very own ‘Big 5’ of red squirrels, red deer, otters, seals and golden eagles
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Rocpool Reserve, Inverness

Deluxe Room | Including Breakfast | 1 Night

Located in the capital of the Highlands, Rocpool Reserve is your perfect base to kick start your trip. This elegantly designed boutique hotel is within walking distance of the city centre and Inverness Castle, allowing you to maximise your short time in the city. A former and beautifully restored Georgian manor house complete with its own award-winning bar and restaurant, this exclusive hideaway is a true gem you will not want to leave.  

The Torridon, Wester Ross

Standard Room | Including Breakfast | 2 Nights

The epitome of Scottish Highland grandeur and luxury, The Torridon is a true haven set amidst acres of magnificent parkland, arguably boasting one of the most spectacular locations in the country. The 18 bedrooms are individually designed but all equally sumptuous with captivating views. With its own world-famous whiskey bar offering 365 malt blends, fresh seafood caught straight on the doorstep and all with a backdrop of the stunning Torridon hills, you might find it impossible to tear yourself away.  

Shieldaig Lodge, Ullapool

Standard Room | Including Breakfast | 2 Nights

On the idyllic shores of Loch Gairloch you will find your third stop of the journey, the beautiful Shieldaig Lodge, a stunningly refurbished Victorian hunting lodge complete with cosy snugs, roaring log fires and spectacular scenery as its backdrop. Guestrooms are beautifully restored with a discrete nod to its Scottish heritage, and in the lodge’s Liberator Bar you will find over 110 types of gin – including every Scottish gin – perfect for that inevitable nightcap.  

Mackay’s Rooms, Durness

Deluxe Room | Including Breakfast | 1 Night

Located in the rugged and untamed environment of Durness, Scotland at its most wild, Mackay’s Rooms B&B is a true luxury gem. Owned and run for generations by the Mackay family, this boutique B&B offers oak floors, log fires, locally sourced, organic produce, and brooding Highlands landscape as far as the eye can see – the perfect ingredients for a stay in Britain’s most north-westerly village.  

Forss House Hotel, Thurso

Standard Room | Including Breakfast | 2 Nights

An authentic 19th century country house hotel hidden amidst wonderful woodlands and a picturesque waterfall on the River Forss, Forss House Hotel offers a cosy retreat as your penultimate home from home. Each of the 14 bedrooms have been lovingly restored to their traditional glory with rolltop baths and sprawling wild vistas. Highland warmth and hospitality shines through at this hotel, ensuring a personalised and magical stay you won’t want to end.  

Links House, Dornoch

Deluxe Room | Including Breakfast | 1 Night

For the perfect Highland retreat to end your journey, Links House is the only choice. A luxury yet still homely boutique property, Links House is classic Scottish interiors, homely grandeur, and the perfect place to enjoy a wee dram by the fire at the end of a day’s exploring. Guest rooms are named after rivers in the local area – a fitting nod to its surrounding wild nature stunning scenery – and as expected the food and produce is local, fresh, and guaranteed to have you planning your return.  

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