North Coast 500

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January, 2017

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For a great staycation try the North Coast 500. It is a northern coastal route way designed to attract visitors to the Northern Highlands. The route takes in the spectacular natural heritage and scenery of the north Highlands along with local Food and Drink, Accommodation, Retail/Arts/Crafts and Attractions.

The route way begins and ends in the Highland Capital Inverness, venturing for 500 miles round the the capital of the Highlands, up the West Coast and back via the rugged north coast.

I may be biased, having been born 14 miles from John O’ Groats. I’m fortunate to be forced to drive through this area regularly as I work, and be paid for the pleasure! I never cease to enjoy the fantastic scenery, and indulge in the great local food, fish and shellfish.

But don’t just take my word for it. Scotland has been named one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2017. It is second on the Rough Guides’ list of “must see” destinations, which also includes Uganda, Bolivia and India. The travel company said a Highland road trip along the North Coast 500 was one of the main reasons to visit Scotland.

I’d also recommend a detour to take in the Black Isle. In summer take the Cromarty Ferry from Nigg. Scenic coast, cliffs caves and beaches. See dolphins at Channonry Point. Great villages, pubs, eateries, and two breweries!

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