For the more adventurous, who want to see Scotland in all its glory, then the 500 mile road trip is one for your bucket list. We cannot recommend this road trip enough! Starting at either Inverness or Applecross, this route takes you from the coast to coast, but going via the Northern tip of Scotland. This road trip can be covered in four days with commitment and a desire to explore and get the most out of a shorter time frame. There are different ways you can spend your stopovers, from luxury in castles and luxury hotels, to wild camping in a remote spot you decide to stop at!
We will be looking at the 500 mile trip, from Inverness to Applecross, however if you fancy a different highland road trip, further information can be found at: http://www.northcoast500.com/home.aspx
The first part of the road trip passes through the beautiful scenery of Caithness. The road takes you up the East coast of Scotland, passing the Black Isles on your right and Ben Wyvis on your left. Ben Wyvis is a popular hill walking destination and if you fancy a challenging leg stretch, to break the journey up Ben Wyvis is highly recommended. Once you reach Wick, you must visit No.1 Bistro at Mackays Hotel, however, especially in the Summer season pre-booking is highly advised.
The next stretch is 150 miles long. North of Wick is the charming castle of Sinclair Girnigoe, which is the only castle to the listed by the World Monuments Fund. This castle is now a ruin, however you can explore to your hearts content (subject to opening times). This is the part of the road trip that will take you to John O'Groats, with Stroma and Orkney as a backdrop.
This is the most remote section of the road trip, however motorbikers in the summer are a common sight! If you enjoy remote beaches, sweeping coasts and beautiful scenery then it is well worth taking your time across this stretch. As it is only 91 miles, you have time to make up along this stretch. There is an abundance of deserted beaches and spots for wild camping.