NC500 (north coast road)

NC500 (north coast road)

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Marshy

2,735 posts

261 months

Friday 22nd October 2021
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fsouthbeachtals said:
Thanks to Get Carter for some great tips too.
Came here to say this. I was bimbling around up there a couple of weeks or so back, and Steve supplied some great inside knowledge, although was unable to arrange the weather for me jester

Took a spot (understatement, I have reams of it to edit) of 360 video while the sun was out around Loch Eriboll (of Ard Neackie Lime Kilns fame) - https://youtu.be/V-qADZ2ZUQE?t=300

But my view from the top of the Bealach Na Ba wasn't so hot... https://youtu.be/oyfJ6Q4Ibbk

What I will say is that I had very few issues with traffic in the end - I don't know if I was just late enough in the year, or people adjusted plans after looking at the weather forecast. Whatever the reason, it was a joy to encounter so little traffic.

Should finish with an ObCarPic I guess...

Drive Blind

4,479 posts

154 months

Friday 5th November 2021
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I found another few days to go for a random drive. smile

After Junes excursion over the Bealach, the plan this time was to do Inverness - Lairg - Tongue - Inverness. However the road from Lairg to Tongue is closed which I only discovered after passing all the signs. D'oh.

Plan B involved taking the A839 from Lairg to Ullapool. Had fish n chips for lunch then headed back to Inverness.
With a few hours daylight left I headed over the A939 to the Lecht Ski Centre.

I took the scenic route up the A82 this time. Tarbet - Crianlarich - Aberfeldy - Tummel Bridge, before joining the A9 near Blair Atholl. Surprising I got pretty much a clear run from there to Inverness. Just stuck the cruise on at 62 and I didn't catch anyone.

Total distance - 742 miles
Average speed - 46 mph
Average mpg - 50




21st Century Man

37,863 posts

225 months

Friday 5th November 2021
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Now that's a drive out! Nice!

Red Devil

12,816 posts

185 months

Saturday 6th November 2021
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Drive Blind said:
Great pic. thumbup

A837 heading west just past the cattle grid - https://goo.gl/maps/LDQPx2MwLTQHXCyu8
Loch Borralan in the middle distance. The three mountains (l to r) are Cùl Beag, Cùl Mòr, and Suilven

Pastor Of Muppets

2,084 posts

39 months

Saturday 6th November 2021
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Stunning picture (Apart from the obnoxious Spruce plantations of course!).

Drive Blind

4,479 posts

154 months

Saturday 6th November 2021
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Red Devil said:
Loch Borralan in the middle distance. The three mountains (l to r) are Cùl Beag, Cùl Mòr, and Suilven
spot on with the location and cheers for the info

RamsdenWakefield

2 posts

3 months

Friday 11th February
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Hi everyone, it might be a bit cold but we'll soon be back driving in some lovely spring sun smile

I'm planning my second Trip in Mid May of this year after doing the full 'official' 500 route last time around in late may early June, we'll certainly be skipping the east coast this time by taking either the Grand tour route past Lairg or one of the other routes e.g. A836.

Can anyone advise what the wild camping opportunities are like around lairg to Tongue? I'm using google maps street view to try sight some locations near the road but most forests look to be fenced in which must make them private land?

I completed the trip last time in an MX5 MK3 NC1, this time it will be in an NC2!


GetCarter

28,312 posts

256 months

Friday 11th February
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RamsdenWakefield said:
Hi everyone, it might be a bit cold but we'll soon be back driving in some lovely spring sun smile

I'm planning my second Trip in Mid May of this year after doing the full 'official' 500 route last time around in late may early June, we'll certainly be skipping the east coast this time by taking either the Grand tour route past Lairg or one of the other routes e.g. A836.

Can anyone advise what the wild camping opportunities are like around lairg to Tongue? I'm using google maps street view to try sight some locations near the road but most forests look to be fenced in which must make them private land?

I completed the trip last time in an MX5 MK3 NC1, this time it will be in an NC2!

I think you may have more of a problem this year as many that wild camped in the last two years left endless rubbish, burned land, st, and a seriously bad attitude towards the locals. Having spoken to many, I think It'll take years before that damage will be repaired.

21st Century Man

37,863 posts

225 months

Friday 11th February
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GetCarter said:
I think you may have more of a problem this year as many that wild camped in the last two years left endless rubbish, burned land, st, and a seriously bad attitude towards the locals. Having spoken to many, I think It'll take years before that damage will be repaired.
That's appalling. I do a bit of wild camping in my van conversion, I wouldn't ever leave any kind of mess or evidence that I'd ever been there. I like to park up out of the way in a non nuisance manner and then support local pubs/restaurants.

towser

771 posts

188 months

Friday 11th February
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GetCarter said:
I think you may have more of a problem this year as many that wild camped in the last two years left endless rubbish, burned land, st, and a seriously bad attitude towards the locals. Having spoken to many, I think It'll take years before that damage will be repaired.
Spot on Mr Carter!

Sadly, the genuine folks who truly "wild camp" will just get lumped in with the selfish savages who've used the highlands as a toilet during COVID.

Personally, I don't see what is wild about parking a campervan in a layby or up a forest track....

Skyedriver

13,860 posts

259 months

Friday 11th February
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GetCarter said:
I think you may have more of a problem this year as many that wild camped in the last two years left endless rubbish, burned land, st, and a seriously bad attitude towards the locals. Having spoken to many, I think It'll take years before that damage will be repaired.
Similar across most of Scotland and really bad in the Lake District.
Saw TV & WWW coverage of Loch Lomond, AONB in the Lakes looking like a refuse tip.
People who usually fly on cheap package holidays abroad were blamed for a lot of it whether true or not. Whoever it was, should be ashamed but they won't be. Someone else has to clear it up.

Thevet

1,629 posts

210 months

Friday 11th February
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Skyedriver said:
GetCarter said:
I think you may have more of a problem this year as many that wild camped in the last two years left endless rubbish, burned land, st, and a seriously bad attitude towards the locals. Having spoken to many, I think It'll take years before that damage will be repaired.
Similar across most of Scotland and really bad in the Lake District.
Saw TV & WWW coverage of Loch Lomond, AONB in the Lakes looking like a refuse tip.
People who usually fly on cheap package holidays abroad were blamed for a lot of it whether true or not. Whoever it was, should be ashamed but they won't be. Someone else has to clear it up.
Well, we have always picked up far more than we left, as we are ashamed to be in the same group of campers/walkers that st everywhere, bit annoying but it does make a prettier picture to relive.

Red Devil

12,816 posts

185 months

Friday 11th February
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All set for two trips this year to make up for the ones I've missed in the last two years due to you-know-what.
Late April already sorted. Second bite will probably be late September. Don't do camping, so no potential for conflict with the local residents.
Will only be using the NC500 where practically unavoidable. There are quite a few dead end roads to explore which I haven't been down thus far. smile

jet_noise

5,102 posts

159 months

Saturday 12th February
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Red Devil said:
All set for two trips this year to make up for the ones I've missed in the last two years due to you-know-what.
Late April already sorted. Second bite will probably be late September. Don't do camping, so no potential for conflict with the local residents.
Will only be using the NC500 where practically unavoidable. There are quite a few dead end roads to explore which I haven't been down thus far. smile
Diabaig?

Skyedriver

13,860 posts

259 months

Saturday 12th February
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Thevet said:
Well, we have always picked up far more than we left, as we are ashamed to be in the same group of campers/walkers that st everywhere, bit annoying but it does make a prettier picture to relive.
Thank you, wish folk would take their stuff home.

Our local beach & dunes (machair) after the end of the first lockdown: bottles (broken many of them), bottle tops, cans, old barbeques, various items of clothing, soiled nappies (ffs), etc along with motorhome users tipping the contents of their toilets into a loch and down a road drain which connected direct to a watercourse.

mallygreen

191 posts

167 months

Thursday 17th March
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After working up at Torridon all week, the weather looking great for the weekend and the roads relatively quiet, have decided to go for another loop before the tourists arrive!




BrotherMouzone

2,902 posts

151 months

Thursday 17th March
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mallygreen said:

After working up at Torridon all week, the weather looking great for the weekend and the roads relatively quiet, have decided to go for another loop before the tourists arrive!
That’s awesome.

No salt on the roads?

mallygreen

191 posts

167 months

Thursday 17th March
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Aye a wee bit of salt here and there but cant wait to get out in the car.

https://youtu.be/rpkAZBxk8y4


Mezzanine

7,230 posts

196 months

Friday 18th March
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mallygreen said:

After working up at Torridon all week, the weather looking great for the weekend and the roads relatively quiet, have decided to go for another loop before the tourists arrive!



Stunning car, perfect location.

Graham The Bruce

9 posts

126 months

Tuesday 29th March
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My brother and I are renting a Caterham for 4 days for a bit of exploring of the North West. He’s coming over from NZ and never driven up there ever before.
I’ve been round the NC500 many times and reckon a few days exploring the best bits up the west are better than doing the full 500. That east coast stretch down from JoG to Inverness is just awful in my opinion.
Really looking forward to it and hopefully the weather in mid June will be fine for a Caterham, and the fact that the schools are still in hopefully not too much tourist traffic to battle with either.