The Scottish Highlands are a popular destination for motorhome enthusiasts and people who want to try a new type of holiday. The North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to the world famous U.S. Route 66 and attracts a huge number of visitors every year. The 500 mile trip from Inverness around the North Scotland Highlands and back again is home to some of the UK’s best scenery and many fantastic attractions.
There are numerous amazing campsites all along the route, providing visitors with plenty of great places to stop. Sites tend to be large and spacious because there is a lot of open space. If you want to minimise the amount of time you spend on established campsites, you can take advantage of the fact that you have your accommodation with you and stop in the wild.
There are laws in Scotland that allow people to camp more freely in the wild, but you need to take care before you do. Informal camping is not allowed in a number of areas and people are generally only permitted to stay in a single spot for a day or two. Care needs to be taken to minimise any anti-social behaviour, including blocking roads, stopping on private land, disrupting wildlife and leaving rubbish behind. The most important thing is to do your homework and ensure you act in an appropriate manner.
The North Coast 500 will give you plenty of things to see and do on your trip, whether you choose to complete the whole route or just part of it. One sight that should not be missed is the incredible Black Isle. The peninsula is just ten miles wide and slightly over twenty long but there is an immensely diverse landscape to be found in this relatively small area. You can see cliffs, heaths, moors, marshes, woods and beaches all on the Black Isle.
Caithness on the North East Corner of the route is a great place to visit too. It is home to John o’Groats, the most northerly tip of the country. The village is a popular tourist spot and shouldn’t be missed. The Northern coast of Caithness is beautiful too with long stretches of unspoilt, dramatic cliffs to enjoy.
On your way back to Inverness you can also take a slight detour to see Loch Ness. The visitor centre is packed with information and you can take boat trips out on to the loch if you want a chance to spot the mythical monster yourself.
If you want a magical Scottish adventure filled with great sights and attractions the North Coast 500 is the route you’ve been looking for. You can arrange motorhome hire with ease via our website and get set for a great trip.