The North Coast 500 (NC500) is more than 500 miles of the best the North Highlands has to offer. The route runs to and from Inverness, venturing round the capital of the Highlands, up the West coast and back via the rugged north coast.
The Overscaig Hotel sits in the heart of Sutherland and the North Coast 500 (NC500) is easy accessible from the Overscaig irrespective of the direction you are heading. The hotel is about 1 1/4 hour from Lochinver or Kyleskue, 1 hour from Scourie, Durness or Kinlochbervie (all in the west), 1 1/2 hours from Tongue (in the north), 1 1/4hrs from Brora or Golspie, 1 hour from Dornoch or Tain (in the east). Every road is a beautiful journey through remote Sutherland, in the Highlands of Scotland.
The NC500 has so much to offer – around every corner you will see breathtaking views of mountains and lochs, castles including the famous Dunbrobin which is the is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. The castle is open for tours and has a museum. The Highlands also features many castle ruins and in Sutherland there is Ardvreck Castle on Loch Assynt and Castle Varrich near Tongue.
On the North Coast 500 (NC500) you will see stunning beaches .. and they will probably be deserted. There is an abundance of wildlife so take your time on these narrow country lanes and keep an eye out for peregrine falcon, hen harrier, kestrel and buzzard hunting nearby.
Around our lochs offers a chance to see ospreys, black and red-throated divers, cormorants and many other water fowl. The steep coastal cliffs at Faraid Head, Cape Wrath and Handa Island’s Torridonian cliffs are home to colonies of seabirds – puffins, great skuas, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, fulmars and much more. On the coast you may even be lucky enough to spot Bottlenose dolphins.
And remember to watch out for the red deer on the roads .. as well as the occasional sheep!
The beauty of the North Coast 500 (NC500) is that it is for anyone! Whether you own a motor bike, a sports car, are a family or looking for a romantic getaway there is something for everyone! Whoever you are, take your time to enjoy the North Coast 500 (NC500), the challenge of the drive, to explore the countryside and then meander back to the Overscaig Hotel, to sit back, relax and reflect on the day’s discovery driving the North Coast 500 (NC500)