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North Coast 500

What is the NC500?

Starting at Inverness Youth Hostel, the clockwise circular route heads west then snakes north along the rugged coastline. It then follows the northern edge of the mainland before turning south again at John O' Groats, heading down the A9 to complete the loop back to Inverness.

North Coast 500, otherwise known as the NC500, is Scotland's answer to Route 66, with an added bonus of some of Scotland's most outstanding scenery! Enjoy the sense of adventure that this route provides and why not stay at some of our youth hostels and affiliate hostels along the way? We have six youth hostels and three affiliate hostels along the way, so there are plenty of places you can choose from to stay.

How can I travel around the route?

You can travel by car, motorbike or bicycle.

How long does the trip take?

The NC500 route usually takes five to seven days to complete & you can stay in a different hostel each night.

NC 500 Hostels