North Coast 500 - 9 Day Motorhome Tour
Would you like to discover one of the top coastal trips in the world? Are you ready to discover Scotland’s most iconic driving route? The North Coast 500 is one of the best and well-known itineraries in Scotland, perfect for a motorhome holiday. The 500-mile route will leave you speechless with its sheer beauty and scenic serenity.
Our 9-day touring itinerary will make sure you hit all the highlights – from majestic castles, beautiful beaches, heavenly coastlines, hidden caves and so much more!
Why drive the North Coast 500 route in a motorhome from Gallus Motorhomes?
In order to truly experience the North Coast 500 road trip, we recommend travelling the route by motorhome due to several reasons. Firstly, it can be tricky to reach some of the hot spots by public transport. Secondly, as your accommodation is on 4 wheels – there’s no need for booking hotels and B&B’s to stay in. This gives you more freedom to explore where you want when you want. There is so much to see on the North Coast 500 route, so we have made sure you get the most out of your adventure.
DAY 1 – Stewarton/Glasgow to Inverness
You will arrive at one of our depots to start your exciting adventure and once you have picked up your motorhome, you will set off on your North Coast 500 adventure. Head north to Inverness via the A9. The drive should take between 3.5-4 hours, depending on the traffic. Inverness is the starting point of the NC500, in particular – Inverness Castle. This is officially where the route starts and ends. We recommend watching the sunset from the top of the castle if you have time! Set up camp for the night at one of the many campsites dotted around Inverness. Get some good sleep for your exciting NC500 adventure!
DAY 2 – Explore Inverness
Inverness has lots to offer, especially with its location being situated in the midst of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We encourage you to spend a day exploring this wonderful city before you embark on your journey. We would suggest exploring Inverness Castle, Ness Islands, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, and Inverness Cathedral.
DAY 3 – Inverness to Applecross
Setting off from Inverness for around 80 miles, head to Applecross. Famous for the spectacular drive, Applecross is a remote peninsula in Wester Ross. It is one of the most isolated and beautiful villages in Scotland. The drive from Inverness to Applecross should take a few hours but we suggest extra time as you will pass through Bealach na Ba Road, which offers gorgeous views and scenery. Be sure to drive carefully on this road as the road does get a little steep!
Discover Applecross – visit one of its many beaches, tourist attractions, and more. Sand Beach Applecross is approximately 4 miles from Applecross, and is one of the top beaches in the area.
DAY 4 – Applecross to Ullapool
Head off from Applecross to Ullapool via the A835. There is so much to see between Ullapool and Applecross including Shieldaig Village, Red Point Beach, Gairloch Village, Inverewe Gardens. One of our top recommendations would be for you to visit the Falls of Measach and Corrieshalloch Gorge. There is so much to do in one day! Take your time, plan ahead and find where excites you. Stay over in Ullapool for the night after a long day exploring.
DAY 5 – Ullapool to Durness
Get ready for some unbelievable views on this drive! Achnahaird Bay is a popular hotspot on this route, which has been voted one of Scotland’s best beaches. We also recommend Sandwood Bay, the Northwest Highlands Geopark, and Handa Island Nature Reserve.
DAY 6 – Explore Durness
Spend the day exploring Durness. Durness is a thriving village surrounded by the dramatic landscape of Sutherland. This most northwesterly village offers spectacular scenery with its rocky coastline, pristine beaches with turquoise waters, a wide array of wildlife, and more!
Many hillwalkers and mountaineers highly enjoy exploring Durness as it is offers towering cliffs, dramatic mountain terrain, and expansive moorlands.
Some of our top recommendations include Durness Beach, Smoo Cave, Cape Wrath, Balnakei Beach, and Sango Bay. Smoo Cave and Sango Bay are top choices for many tourists!
DAY 7 – Durness to Wick
Heading along from Durness to Wick will give you all the options in the world when it comes to scenery and beaches. We highly recommend stopping by John’Groats and Thurso. Duncansby Head, near John O’Groats, is a must! Another popular place to discover is the Castle of Mey, which is one of Caithness’s most treasured gems. The castle’s interior is full of special personal touches and stories, whilst the grounds consist of acres of beautiful gardens, perfect for exploring. If you like your castles dramatic and mysterious, then you also need to visit Castle Sinclair Girnigo.
DAY 8 – Wick to Inverness
As you leave Wick and head back down to Inverness, be sure to stop by Dunrobin Castle on your way. Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands! This beautiful and well-preserved castle offers a whole host of activities including birds of prey displays and spacious gardens to roam.
Once arrived back in Inverness, check out anything you did not see when you first departed. Did you manage to catch the sunset over Inverness Castle? If not, be sure to try again – it is definitely worth it.
DAY 9 – Inverness to Stewarton/Glasgow
Enjoy the drive back from Inverness in your luxury motorhome.