North Coast 500 – Scotland’s Route 66


I took a trip this weekend to the north of Scotland, where I am from, to see my parents and go to a Burns Supper at my old school. I mentioned Burns Suppers on a previous post – this one was full of recitals, music, dance and, of course, haggis.

On the Sunday we went for a long drive and ended up taking in part of what’s known as the North Coast 500 a 500Km road trip that forms a loop around the northern tip of Scotland, from Inverness to John O’Groats in the north-east, along the rugged coast north to Durness, then down the winding west coast before turning inland at the Applecross peninsula. The NorthCoast500 has been getting rave reviews since it launched in 2015 and I can see why. The Telegraph mention it several times in their article 31 Reasons Why We Love Scotland.


We took a walk along the beach in Dornoch (point 2 on this handy map above) and it’s easy to see why people fall in love with the scenery. I fell in love with my childhood all over again! Something to add to the list of things to do when you come to Scotland.



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