With beautiful beaches, rugged landscapes, and great attractions, it’s obvious to see why the North Coast 500 is such a popular road trip destination. Starting at Inverness Castle and looping around the beautiful scenery of the north Highlands, there any many beautiful scenic stopovers on the way.
We have put together the very best destinations and sites to make planning your adventure that much easier. So, pack up the car or tourer and get ready to hit the road!
You can discover a full list of campsites near the North Coast 500 here.
Popular stops along the route
Inverness – Inverness campsites
Where you will begin and finish your journey. This beautiful waterside city boasts beautiful walks by the River Ness and the Beauly Firth. Hop on a wildlife spotting boat trip and look out for or stay on land and visit the impressive Inverness Cathedral.
Black Isle – campsites on the Black Isle
Discover top-notch dolphin watching in Scotland's Highlands. Nestled near Inverness, the Black Isle offer access to a picturesque landscape with lush countryside, seaside hamlets, and wooded valleys. Despite its misleading name, this locale is a convenient peninsula easily accessible by road.
John O'Groats - John O'Groats campsites
Explore the charming John O'Groats harbor, with beautiful views of the boats. Take a scenic walk to Duncansby Head for breathtaking Caithness coastline panoramas and a glimpse of the lighthouse. Complete your day by catching the mesmerizing sunset at Gills Bay.
Ullapool - Ullapool campsites
Explore the historic charm of the village with buildings crafted by Thomas Telford. From this base, adventurers can choose between mountains, rocky coasts, and scenic footpaths. Don't forget the picturesque Rhue Point Lighthouse route at sunset. Ullapool campsites provide convenient access to Corrieshalloch Falls, while The North West Geo Park showcases Scotland's captivating geology.
Shieldaig - Shieldaig campsites
Nestled in the stunning Highlands, Shieldaig offers breathtaking scenery. Fishing enthusiasts can cast their lines near the village, while family hikers can marvel at the Torridon Hills' panoramic views. This spot is nearing the end of the route, as you travel along the Bealach na Bà road.
Some top site along the way:
Bunchrew Caravan Park - Bunchrew, Inverness
Nestled by the scenic Beauly Firth, Bunchrew Caravan Park provides the perfect hub for Inverness exploration. Welcoming tents, tourers, and RVs, the park offers various pitches, both grass and hardstanding, with optional electric hook-ups. Only a 15-minute drive from Loch Ness, guests can enjoy Highland walks, hikes, or conveniently rent a bike onsite to explore nearby trails. Unwind on the shingle beach and make the most of this serene getaway along the beautiful Scottish coast.
Barrow Campsite Nairn - Nairn, Highlands
A serene, family-operated site nestled on a working farm between Nairn and Inverness. Enjoy breathtaking countryside vistas while opting for spacious hardstanding or grass pitches equipped with pristine facilities. A convenient onsite shop offers essentials, and for adventure seekers, paddleboarding awaits at the picturesque onsite pond. Experience relaxation and convenience in the heart of nature at this site.
Riverside Chalet and Caravan Park - Strathpeffer, Highlands
Situated alongside the scenic River Blackwater, with Munro mountains nearby, offering fantastic opportunities for fishing, hiking, and mountain biking, such as the exhilarating Strathpuffer 24 event. By the river, you can enjoy observing the local heron engaged in fishing or partake in swimming and paddling activities. The location is also conveniently close to renowned attractions like Loch Ness, the Cairngorms, and the beautiful Isle of Skye. Explore nature's wonders and outdoor adventures right at your doorstep.
Badrallach Campsite, Bothy and Holiday Cottage - Garve, Highlands
Discover serenity at the tranquil retreat on the shores of Little Loch Broom. Nestled at the road's end, this haven offers diverse pitches for tents and campervans (6m size limit). Secluded spots amid gorse thickets provide added privacy. Set against the backdrop of a crystal-clear loch and surrounded by endless Highland vistas, it's the perfect remote escape. Plus, your furry friends are welcome to join in the tranquility.
Reraig Caravan and Camping - Kyle Of Lochalsh, Highlands
Nestled by Loch Alsh, this picturesque spot provides non-electric pitches for tents and campervans, plus electric hardstanding options for tourers. Take a leisurely morning walk along the loch's shores or visit the magnificent Eilean Donan Castle, a mere five-minute drive away. Revel in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Isle of Skye's mountains. Adjacent is a welcoming pub and restaurant, perfect for a delicious meal after a day of exploration.
For planning your own Scottish road trip, you can find a full list of campsite in Scotland here.