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Camping North Coast 500

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North Coast 500

A 516 mile circular route complete with stunning views and camping sites for the ultimate road trip experience.

(Photo courtesy of Iain Duff)

About the North Coast 500

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.

  Where to go camping

Map of the North Coast 500


North Coast 500: Inspiration, guides and travel logs.

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

The North Coast 500 is a spectacular 516-mile circular driving route around the most northerly tip of Scotland. With an official start and end point in Inverness, it takes in some of the country’s most incredible coastal scenery – every bend, every hill presenting a new spine-tingling vista. 

Why is the North Coast 500 special?


Camping on the North Coast 500: Planning your 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. If you can spare the time, we’d recommend seven days or more.

Plan your trip


Top tips for camping on the North Coast 500

The North Coast 500 road trip round the northern tip of the Scottish mainland is an amazing experience and one that we'd recommend all campers try if they can.
Here are our top tips for getting the most out of it. 

Top tips for camping


Campsites on the North Coast 500

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.

North Coast 500 campsites


Camping the North Coast 500: safe driving advice

The North Coast 500 is one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the word. As a result it is extremely popular tourist attraction, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.

Safe driving advice


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 of what’s available from the waters and fields nearby.

Where to eat