Camping the North Coast 500: the ultimate road trip
The North Coast 500 is a spectacular 516-mile circular route round the most northerly tip of the Scottish mainland.
It is very popular for camping road trips and there are many very good campsites along the route.
Camping on the North Coast 500 allows you to travel a section by day, either by car, motorbike or even bicycle then spend the night in your tent.
You could also set up base at a campsite for a few days and explore different areas of the far north of Scotland in more detail.
Here is a selection of campsites you can stay at while exploring the North Coast 500.
Applecross, Strathcarron, Ross-Shire IV54 8ND
The sicampte lies above the tiny village of Applecross and has more than six acres of open field camping space, offering seaviews towards Raasay, Rhona and and Skye. There is a shower block with free hot showers and two extra family units which have a shower, basin and toilet. The laundry room contains a washing machine, tumble dryer, and payphone.
106 Achmelvich, Lochinver, Sutherland IV27 4JB
A beautiful family-run beachside campsite with dramatic views in all directions. The location is glorious with both stunning sea and mountain views and the amazing beach. The site has a toilet and shower block and a small launderette. There is a small shop selling basics and a chip shop which opens certain days in the main holiday period. Electric hook-ups are available for campers and there’s WiFi on offer.
Sango Bay, Durness, Sutherland IV27 4PZ
This is a brilliant campsite, right on the edge of Sango Sands beach in Durness. It has 58 electric hook-up points, some hardstanding and some on grass. Lots of space for tents and there are toilet blocks, showers, a campers’ kitchen, dishwashing facilities and a laundry. There’s a bar and restaurant alongside the campsite, which also does takeaway.
INVER CARAVAN PARK
Houstry Road, Dunbeath, Caithness KW6 6EH
A small but perfectly formed campsite that is just off the A9 but is surrounded by glorious countryside and enjoys views to the sea. The facilities block was recently upgraded and now has double glazing and underfloor heating throughout. There are three private shower rooms, including one suitable for disabled visitors. In the laundry room, you’ll find a washing machine, a sink for hand washing clothes and an iron and ironing board. There’s no tumble drier but given the amount of wind, drying clothes on the washing line is not a problem!
GAIRLOCH CARAVAN PARK
1 Mihol Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross IV21 2BX
SANDS CARAVAN AND CAMPING
Gairloch, Wester Ross IV21 2DL
INVEREWE GARDENS CAMPING AND CARAVANNING CLUB SITE
Inverewe Gardens, Achnasheen IV22 2LF
GRUINARD BAY CARAVAN PARK
Laide IV22 2ND
BADRALLACH CAMPING SITE
Croft 9, Dundonnell IV23 2QP
BROOMFIELD HOLIDAY PARK
West Ln, Ullapool IV26 2UT
ARDMAIR HOLIDAY PARK
Ardmair, Ullapool IV26 2TN
CLACHTOLL BEACH CAMPSITE
134 Clachtoll, Lochinver, Sutherland IV27 4JD
Harbour Road, Scourie, Lairg IV27 4TE
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