The 516 mile North Coast 500 was christened in 2015, unifying an existing network of roads into one scenic driving route with a catchy name and instant tourist appeal. Looping around the north of Scotland, the route journeys through some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, with no shortage of white sand beaches, dramatic sea cliffs and rugged mountains. In fact, there’s so much to see and do that planning a trip on the NC500 can quickly spiral out of control. Trust us when we say you aren’t the first to be lost in a sea of route maps, itinerary planners, and Google image search results!
After travelling the route as part of a month-long camping road trip around the Scottish Highlands and Islands, we’ve whittled down our top 15 North Coast 500 highlights to help guide you back to shore and chart your own perfect plan.