NC500 (north coast road)

NC500 (north coast road)

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giveitfish

3,611 posts

182 months

Friday 21st May
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Can confirm Cluanie Inn very friendly and food excellent.

mallygreen

169 posts

158 months

Sunday 6th June
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Just completed another loop, prob the best one yet for weather and traffic. Slight detour down the Tongue to Lairg road, forgot how fantastic it is, single track but the surface is really good with great visibility, only met 3 cars on this section!







Turn7

20,215 posts

189 months

Sunday 6th June
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That Car though......

Drive Blind

4,045 posts

145 months

Sunday 6th June
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Hi,

I don't have time to do the full NC500.

Can anybody advise a 1 day loop starting and finishing in Inverness ??

Janluke

2,047 posts

126 months

Sunday 6th June
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Drive Blind said:
Hi,

I don't have time to do the full NC500.

Can anybody advise a 1 day loop starting and finishing in Inverness ??
I'd be thinking a loop around Applecross and onto Ullapool and back. Approx 250miles slightly shorter if you don't take the leg up to Ullapool

So

Inverness, Garve, Lochcarron, Applecross,Fearnmore, Kinlochewe, Drumchork, Ullapool, Inverness

Drive Blind

4,045 posts

145 months

Sunday 6th June
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Brilliant, thanks


GetCarter

27,739 posts

247 months

Sunday 6th June
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Unless you really want to visit Ullapool, I'd skip the up/down bit and turn right when the A832 meets the A835 and head back towards Inverness. It's a busy bit of road and not particularly enjoyable.

Also when you reach 'F' at Kinlochewe, you might want to turn right drive 2 miles, then turn round and drive back. Reason:


S2red

2,414 posts

159 months

Sunday 6th June
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Stunning image

andym1603

1,699 posts

140 months

Sunday 6th June
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Drive Blind said:
Hi,

I don't have time to do the full NC500.

Can anybody advise a 1 day loop starting and finishing in Inverness ??
Another good one with good scenery
Inverness-Lairg-Ullapool

mallygreen

169 posts

158 months

Sunday 6th June
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Drive Blind said:
Hi,

I don't have time to do the full NC500.

Can anybody advise a 1 day loop starting and finishing in Inverness ??
Depends on what you`re after, be it best scenery or best driving roads, the west has by far the best scenery. But If you`re after some spirited driving roads as I said the Lairg - Tongue section although single track is great, I think I met just 3 cars on the whole 38 mile section. The first 15 miles of A9 out of Thurso is also pretty quick, rest of the A9 not much to speak of although Dunrobin Castle is defo worth a visit (I like my castles).







Drive Blind

4,045 posts

145 months

Sunday 6th June
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thanks for the suggestions - plenty to think about thumbup

Tye Green

127 posts

77 months

Sunday 6th June
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inverness - ullapool - kylelescu - laxford bridge - lairg - bonar bridge - achandunie - evanton -dingwall - inverness

take a detour to Lochinver for pasties on the way!

the section from Ullapool to Laxford bridge is fast, quiet, smooth and full of stunning scenery - possibly the driving best road in UK!


AJB88

7,913 posts

139 months

Monday 7th June
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Really wish I lived closer, loved doing the NC500 last year. If I was to set off right now just to get to Inverness would take 9 hours.

BrotherMouzone

2,774 posts

142 months

Monday 7th June
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Turn7 said:
That Car though......
+1

@mallygreen

What a great car in which to do road trip!

5 In a Row

560 posts

195 months

Friday 11th June
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Can anyone tell me how busy things are north of Inverness?

The missus and I are hoping to head up to Kinlochbervie from Fife next week in our (small, Jap taxi based) campervan.

towser

713 posts

179 months

Friday 11th June
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5 In a Row said:
Can anyone tell me how busy things are north of Inverness?

The missus and I are hoping to head up to Kinlochbervie from Fife next week in our (small, Jap taxi based) campervan.
Lots of campervans along the North Coast at the moment - considering the school's aren't out yet it's certainly busier than it was last year in my view. Lots of antisocial benaviour again sadly....

5 In a Row

560 posts

195 months

Friday 11th June
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towser said:
Lots of campervans along the North Coast at the moment - considering the school's aren't out yet it's certainly busier than it was last year in my view. Lots of antisocial benaviour again sadly....
Thanks, might just chance it.

mikeiow

3,147 posts

98 months

Friday 11th June
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5 In a Row said:
towser said:
Lots of campervans along the North Coast at the moment - considering the school's aren't out yet it's certainly busier than it was last year in my view. Lots of antisocial benaviour again sadly....
Thanks, might just chance it.
Just finished LEJoG, including riding up from Lairg, staying at The Crask Inn and heading on to Bettyhill & along the top to JoG.
I’d say it wasn’t too busy: & that’s from a pedalling perspective!
Saw a good few m/bikes too. Stunning scenery!

GetCarter

27,739 posts

247 months

Friday 11th June
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In case anyone is coming tomorrow, 175 bikes will be on the road for about 6 hours, starting in Shieldaig, heading north at about 6 a.m. (Celtman Triathlon).

UmpaLoompa

1,781 posts

129 months

Friday 11th June
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GetCarter said:
In case anyone is coming tomorrow, 175 bikes will be on the road for about 6 hours, starting in Shieldaig, heading north at about 6 a.m. (Celtman Triathlon).
Mate of mine is doing this. Apparently 40mph cross winds today making pre-race recce on the bike tricky. And that's if the jellyfish don't get you first...