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Camping the North Coast 500: the ultimate UK road trip


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Introduction to the North Coast 500

The ultimate road trip


The North Coast 500 is a spectacular 516-mile circular driving route around the most northerly tip of the UK mainland.

It boasts incredible coastal scenery, with a new spine-tingling vista around every corner.

As well as the stunning views, the route also provides a fascinating insight into the history of this remote part of the Scottish Highlands.

Since the North Coast 500 officially came into being in 2014, it has gained international recognition as one of the most exceptional road trips in the world.

We have put together a comprehensive guide to help campers make their North Coast 500 tour an unforgettable experience.

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What is the North Coast 500 and why is it so special?

Everything you need to know about Britain's answer to America's famous Route 66.

Our guide provides advice on how to approach the route: from deciding which direction to take to the best time to go.

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Planning a road trip
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Planning your North Coast 500 camping trip

There is so much to see and do on the North Coast 500, you will need to set aside at least five days to complete it. Even then you will barely be scratching the surface.

Planning your NC500 road trip in advance is essential, as you’ll need to book camping accommodation every night. We've put together a five-day itinerary to give you inspiration for your trip

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On the road

Top tips for camping on the North Coast 500

The NC500 has been growing in popularity for several years and the recent boom in UK staycations has just added to the many people travelling to this remote part of the country to explore.

To help you beat the crowds and make the most of your trip to the Highlands of Scotland, we've put together some top tips based on our own experience of travelling the North Coast 500.

Top tips   

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Campsites on the North Coast 500

The North Coast 500 is extremely popular among campers and there are many very good campsites along the route where you can have single-night stopovers or base yourself for a few days.

Here is a selection of campsites you can stay at while exploring the North Coast 500


Driving on the North Coast 500

How to drive safely on the North Coast 500

At peak times, in the summer months especially, the North Coast 500 can be very busy, with many drivers unaccustomed to negotiating the narrow, winding roads.

Here’s some top tips for safe driving on the single-track roads of the NC500

Driving tips  

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Where to eat on the North Coast 500

The north of Scotland is renowned for its local produce and the best cafés and restaurants around the North Coast 500 take full advantage.

We’ve chosen a few of our favourite places to eat during a tour of the most northerly tip of the UK mainland.

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