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North Coast 500 Route

North Coast 500 Road Trip

Inverness - Wick - Thurso - Durness - Ullapool - Gairloch - Applecross

Expect on your North Coast 500 Road Trip Itinerary

Landscape Landscape
Security Security
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Beach Beach
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Wildlife Wildlife
Culture Culture
ACTIVATE MAP Stages7 km839 h/stage1.8

Best months to drive North Coast 500 Road Trip

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a North Coast 500 Road Trip in Scotland?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 338EUR drive & more 100EUR sleep & more 594EUR eat & more 648EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,342EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,680EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 540EUR drive & more 125EUR sleep & more 1,188EUR eat & more 864EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,177EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,717EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 945EUR drive & more 163EUR sleep & more 1,683EUR eat & more 1,296EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,142EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,087EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,025EUR drive & more 188EUR sleep & more 253EUR eat & more 648EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,089EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,114EUR
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North Coast 500 Road Trip Itinerary

North Coast 500 Road Trip definitely ranks among the most scenic road trips in Scotland. North Coast 500 Road Trip is a perfect opportunity for family. On your way around this trip, you will explore such places as Inverness, Thurso, and Durness. The route described in this article was designed for 9 days of travel, but you can also complete it in 6. If you are charmed with the allure of what Scotland holds in store, you can always extend your tour. The adventure takes 839km and there are around 1.8 hours daily on the road. Ready for the journey? So, let’s jump behind the wheel and set out!
number of days 9 number of days
route length 839 km route length
budget high budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level
During North Coast 500 Road Trip, travellers will have a great opportunity to contemplate picturesque natural gems. The road trip is a great opportunity to see a number of interesting highlights at a relatively reasonable price and stress-free. In spite of the fact that the accommodation options on the way are not that luxurious, they still guarantee good value for money. Holidayers should be prepared that the adventure is more expensive in terms of budget owing to greater number of amenities. Driving on the left and a moderate number of accidents are characteristic features of the road environment in Scotland. The best time to travel is between May and September.

START Inverness

Distance 830 km Driving time 12.8 h Pace: fast Airports INV
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1 Inverness - Wick

Distance 177 km Driving time 2.3 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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2 Wick - Thurso

Distance 60 km Driving time 1.1 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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3 Thurso - Durness

Distance 113 km Driving time 1.8 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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4 Durness - Ullapool

Distance 153 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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5 Ullapool - Gairloch

Distance 90 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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6 Gairloch - Applecross

Distance 99 km Driving time 1.7 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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7 Applecross - Inverness

Distance 139 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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North Coast 500 Road Trip Summary

We believe that the presented road trip idea gave you plenty of inspirations for your future holiday excursions.
The itinerary we’ve suggested can be used as a base that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with diverse beauty spots.
If car travel is the preferred travel mode for you, there are a number of vital traffic regulations to follow and a number of things to keep in mind to turn your trip into pleasure. These tips will also become useful for tourists who are interested in car hire or camper hire.
When sightseeing around Scotland, you should obey the local road rules. Alcohol is best to be avoided at all costs when travelling around Scotland. Travellers ought to remember that the allowed blood alcohol level is low and is only 0.8‰. Travelling in a car around the city is allowed at the maximum speed of 48km/h. 96km/h is the maximum car speed in undeveloped areas. Avoid exceeding the permissible speed of 112km/h while on highways. In order to stay safe, it is best to equip your car with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher and drive with your headlights on at daytime.
But what are the costs of the whole trip. Depending on the budget option of your choice, the total expenses during the whole adventure can vary. A wide range of budget options is showed below.
If you’d like to benefit from the cheapest offer to cover the planned 839km across Scotland, it can amount to 100 EUR. Travel expenses connected with economy hotels will cost up to roughly 594 EUR. Holidayers who opt for this option will spend roughly 648 EUR on restaurants and food. Travellers will have to pay about 338 EUR if they aim for the budget car hire offer as well. Thus, the estimated travel expenses amount to approximately 1,342 EUR without vehicle rental and 1,680 EUR with car hire.
When it comes to the standard offer, you have to spend the maximum of 100 EUR to cover the planned stages of the road trip. Cost amounting to 1,188 EUR can be expected by all holidayers who are considering standard accommodation. Drivers may expect that the standard option in terms of restaurants and food will cost about 864 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard rental vehicle can expect a cost of roughly 540 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total more or less 2,717 EUR for holidayers who would like to try vehicle hire and 2,177 EUR for those who are not interested in rental.
Holidayers who are searching for the highest level of comfort will be pleased with the premium offer. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total roughly 4,087 EUR for holidaymakers who are considering car hire and 2,177 EUR for those who do not need a hire car. Travellers who want to cover the itinerary in a premium hire car can expect a cost of approximately 945 EUR. In the premium option of the adventure, you should expect the average cost of approximately 163 EUR when it comes to gasoline. Drivers who will go for top services in all aspects of their adventure should expect to pay roughly 1,683 EUR for overnight stays and roughly 1,296 EUR for food and restaurants.
North Coast 500 Road Trip is also an exciting opportunity for all camper enthusiasts. If you are considering this transport option, the expenses are roughly 2,025 EUR. Gasoline expenses when travelling in a camper should amount to roughly 188 EUR. Tourists who are interested in camper hire should expect to pay around 253 EUR for accommodation and roughly 648 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The Road Trip Costs section shows all the above-mentioned costs in detail.
The part of Scotland mentioned in our adventure idea is superb to be visited between May and September. There are plenty of intriguing road adventures that we offer on our website if you’d like to see other of our road trip ideas. Even the most demanding of drivers will definitely be surprised by the broad spectrum of travel opportunities that we offer.

Facts for safer driving in Scotland

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.8
max speed urban max speed urban 48 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 96 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 112 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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