SCOTLAND NC500 DRIVING TOUR

The famous NC500 Route is an ultra-scenic holiday route along the northern coast of Scotland featuring the natural and cultural beauty of the country and some of the best driving roads on the planet. On this ultimate Scotland Road Trip we don't waste time with the full 516 miles of the NC500. Instead we include only the best stretches and add to this stunning driving experience with an extra route trough an ancient volcano crater and the scenic roads of the Cairngorms National Park.

 

On this spectacular Scotland driving tour expect unique landscapes with scenic country roads, spectacular coastlines and lakes dotted with world-famous Scottish castles. Choose a British car, like the iconic Jaguar F-Type or other car of your choice.​ Stay at beautiful hotels and enjoy this special Scottish atmosphere with the fast changing weather. All part of Scotland's charm.

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GPS GUIDED. IN PRIVATE. YOUR PACE.

 

UP TO • 1610 KM • 5 SCENIC DRIVES • 6 NIGHTS • EDINBURGH • NC500 SCOTLAND ROUTE • BALMORAL CASTLE • WHISKY DISTILLERY • OLD MILITARY ROAD • INVERNESS • LOCH NESS • EILEAN DONAN CASTLE • ISLE OF SKYE • STIRLING CASTLE • GLEN COE • BEN NAVIS • THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN SCOTLAND

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APRIL — OCTOBER
FROM EDINBURGH | SCOTLAND

 

NORTH COAST 500 SELF DRIVE TOUR

Jaguar F Type parked at side of Old Militaty Road in Cairngorms National Park

— DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO EDINBURGH —

— DAY 2 —

OLD MILITARY ROAD, CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK & WHISKY TRAIL

 

Leave Edinburgh north over the impressive Forth Road Bridge towards the Cairngorms National Park. Soon you will join the Old Military Road taking you over seemingly endless scenic roads and onto Scotland's highest mountain pass. Later drive past the summer residence of the British royal family at Balmoral and visit one of the many castles in the region. Next on your itinerary will be the Scottish Whisky Trail dotted with distilleries.


The name wakes expectations. Make the sacrifice to enjoy much more of the spectacular roads in Scotland and stop only to get a sample for the evening. If you're interested include a guided tour at a Scottish Whisky Distillery.

The capital of the Scottish Highlands — Inverness will be your base for the night. Have a good dinner and zip your whisky sample in front of the fireplace. 

— DAY 3 —

NC500 ROUTE - LEG 1

LOCH NESS & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

 

Wake up to another exciting day of driving. Today you will drive the first official leg of the iconic NC500 Route. Your drive will take you past the long shore of Loch Ness deeper into the Highlands. Here at the remains of Urghurt Castle you have the opportunity to look out for the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

 

Further down your scenic route is on of the highlights of every Scotland Tour waiting for you. The most iconic man made sight in the region — Eilean Donan Castle. It might look familiar, since it was featured in one of the latest James Bond movies as the Scottish headquarter of the MI6. But even long before that it has graced countless postcards from the Highlands.

Nearby the famous road to Applecross (also known as Bealach Na Ba Pass) is optional since the road is very narrow and can get relatively busy. We do not recommend the road for unexperienced drivers. 

Whatever you decide, the bridge connecting the Highlands with the Isle of Skye will be your gateway to reach your hotel. Dinner is waiting and maybe you still have a zip of your Whisky sample from the other day.

Eilan Donan Castle in Scotland
Glen Coe Scenic Drive in Scotland

— DAY 4 —

ANCIENT VOLCANO CRATER DRIVE AT GLEN COE

 

This morning we leave the NC500 behind and drive the scenic roads of Glen Coe.​ The drive from Fort William is taking you right through the crater of an ancient volcano. The magnificence of the region are the many small natural waterfalls and mountains nestled in a sometimes moonlike landscape. Glen Coe truly is one of the most famous driving grounds in Scotland — for a reason.

 

Towering mountains loom overhead as you wind your way through this majestic glen. Lunch at one of Scotlands' most iconic castle hotels at Inverlochy is optional, but recommended before you drive past Ben Navis; Scotland's highest mountain. 

 

Before you head back into Edinburgh we highly recommend a visit to the iconic Stirling Castle — one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally.​ On your way back to Edinburgh you’ll pass The Kelpies, the famous horse sculptures created by Andy Scott.

Back to your hotel we will collect the car from you and you can spend the evening at leisure. 

 

— DAY 5 —

DEPARTURE FROM EDINBURGH

 

INCLUDED

✅ Programmed GPS for effortless navigation

Printed Day-by-Day Road-Book in English 

✅ Hotel Accommodation including breakfast

Private Arrival Transfer from local airport

✅ Meet & Greet at your hotel

✅ On Call / WhatsApp Support on tour​

✅ Travel your own pace and visit iconic sights

Car Model Guarantee with insurance

✅ Delivery & Collection at your hotel

✅ All tour mileage and a little extra on tour

STARTING AT

5 DAYS | 4 NIGHTS | 3 DRIVES

990 KM / 620 MILES

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Prices per person assuming 2 people sharing room/car on

"starting at" base in Euro excluding optional driving days.

Jaguar F Type parked next to red British phone booth on the Isle of Skye in Scotlanf

— OPTIONAL DRIVE —

NC500 ROUTE - LEG 2

ISLE OF SKYE

 

In the morning loop over the largest and northernmost of the major Inner Hebrides island. The Isle of Skye truly owns some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes that enchant with staggering mountain ranges, miles of extremely dramatic coastlines, waterfalls and a captivating history.

Stop at the look-out of the Mealt Falls — the waterfall prominently plunges from the cliffs right into the sea and is framed by the eccentric Kilt Rock formation. One of the natural highlight of your tour. Later continue on the North Coast 500 Route to find yourself on the same route that also McLaren uses in their driving tours.​

 

Situated on a scenic minor road which winds along the northern shore of Upper Loch Torridon climbing and twisting past lochans, cliffs and gorges, sits your hotel. Enjoy an authentic Scottish dinner, literally in the middle of nowhere. But far from boring (especially if you still have a bit of that Whisky).

— OPTIONAL DRIVE —

 NC500 ROUTE - LEG 3

PURE DRIVING PLEASURE 

 

​​Today enjoy your last leg of the North Coast Route. Perhaps also the most scenic part of the entire NC500 route. Not much to do and visit today. But there's nothing quite like the freedom of the long open road. The scenery of today's drive will speak for itself.

Never-ending back roads, wide meandering country tracks and beautiful bends through some of Scotland's finest coastal scenery without any distractions — all the way up north to the Kylesku bridge. The bridge marks the most northern point we include on this NC500 Driving Tour. Beyond this point the route is getting narrow and uneventful and we don't want to waste your time.

 

Instead we loop you back to Inverness over what is arguably one of the most scenic motorways in the world.

LOCH MAREE FROM GLEN DOCHERTY, NC500, HIGHLANDS

HOTELS INCLUDED

5* THE DUNSTANE HOUSES EDINBURGH

Five-star boutique hotel, over 2 Victorian townhouses set across the road from each other. Newly refurbished heritage buildings quite unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before. The hotel is a breath of fresh Orkney air in the heart of Edinburgh.

5* ROCPOOL RESERVE INVERNESS

Boutique hotel in the heart of Inverness. Only a few minutes walk from Inverness Castle and city centre.

Exclusive, modern and elegant with individually designed spacious bedrooms complete with spa style bathrooms, rainshowers and luxurious deep baths.

4* DUISDALE HOUSE HOTEL ISLE OF SKYE

This prestige hotel In the heart of Strasbourg, on the banks of the "Petite France" historical district has a contemporary flair, daintly decorated by the famous duet of architects designers Jouin-Manku.

4* THE TORRIDON INN

Close to the shores of Loch Torridon with wonderful views of the mountains. Inside there is cosy, comfortable, en-suite accommodation. Great traditional pub food cooked to perfection from quality local ingredients. and a great atmosphere to relax in after your adventure.

UPGRADE OPTIONS

5* WALDORF ASTORIA EDINBURGH

The hotel combines modern luxury and Victorian style in a former rail station. Savor views of Edinburgh Castle, steps from the Princes Street Gardens. Spa with an indoor pool, sauna and steam room. The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are within a mile.

5* ROCPOOL RESERVE INVERNESS

Boutique hotel in the heart of Inverness. Only a few minutes walk from Inverness Castle and city centre.

Exclusive, modern and elegant with individually designed spacious bedrooms complete with spa style bathrooms, rainshowers and luxurious deep baths.

5* KINLOCH LODGE ISLE OF SKYE

Recognised by Conde Nast and The Sunday Times as one of the world’s best hotels, award winning Kinloch Lodge is Skye’s most historic hotel. The 16th century former hunting lodge sits on the shores of Loch Na Dal. Fusing old and new, it is the perfect highland getaway.

5* THE TORRIDON HOTEL

A former shooting lodge, the hotel has 18 individually designed bedrooms. Basking on the shore of Loch Torridon and surrounded by 58 acres of parkland, the entire resort enjoys one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the country. 

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