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Fabio



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NC 500 Scotland

Hello Gentlemen,

I'm going to Scotland next week and i'd like to drive from Beauly (Inverness) to John O Groats.
I watched the Grand tour where they drove some of the NC500 and thought that if i went all the way to John O Groats could come back down on the road they followed. Does anyone know what road it is?

Regards

Fabio

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donmacn



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Hi Fabio,

The NC500 includes the road from Inverness to John O' Groats (https://www.northcoast500.com/explore-the-route/)

You'd effectively be doing that bit of it twice. Not a bad bit of road though in good visibility. Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

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in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

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Fabio



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Hi donmacn,

I want to drive the NC500 from Inverness to John O groats but the Grand Tour cut though the top and din't go to John O groats.
If i followed the NC500 after john o Groats i could then drive down the road they Drove up on the Grand tour.
If you understand what i'm trying to say... Confused It is hard to explain. Smile

Fabio

Post #766893 4th Apr 2019 6:19pm
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donmacn



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Hi Fabio,

I think I get it! If you go to John o' Groats, and then head west, you'll get to Thurso. At that point, you probably have two options to head back south - both leave Thurso by the same road.

One would stay further north, heading towards Wick, and then down the coast again.

The second turns off this road, about 4 or 5 miles (?) from Thurso and heads further south, but again, just heading for the A9 down the east coast. This crosses the Causeymire moor, and meets the coast again at Latheron.

Basically they are two options to make a small loop at the top.

I'm at a bit of a disadvantage as I haven't seen the Grand Tour! The Causeymire road is more open moorland, less farmed.

Does this look like right on a map? Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html

in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

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DSC-off



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Hi,
The GT team missed the whole North coast! They took the A838 from Lairg, by Loch Shin, to Laxford Bridge. Then turned South for Scourie and Ullapool.

If you are at JO'G and want to go back down the A838, you would have to go all the way across to Durness in the far North West first. That's quite a detour.
Depending on how much time you have there are many other possible options.
The further West you go, the better the scenery is! Thumbs Up

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MartinK



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Quote:
Depending on how much time you have there are many other possible options.
The further West you go, the better the scenery is! Thumbs Up


Agree... Durness to Ullapool is one the best sections of road on the planet!
Durness:

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Kylesku:

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One of my last trips in the Defender...
https://www.defender2.net/forum/topic31177...efendering
Going up there with mates on motorbikes again next month Thumbs Up Defender "Puma" 2.4 110 County Utility (possibly the last of the 2.4's)
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donmacn



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DSC-off wrote:
Hi,
The GT team missed the whole North coast! They took the A838 from Lairg, by Loch Shin, to Laxford Bridge. Then turned South for Scourie and Ullapool.


Well, that's quite some detour! I'd agree with the other comments that they missed some great parts of the country. Laxford Bridge to Lairg is 'ok' - but not a patch on the nth coast route.

Back to Fabio - now that I've heard what the GT guys did.... another option for you, which would include some of the north coast, would be to head west from Thurso as far as Tongue, and then head south towards Aultnaharra, Lairg and Bonar Bridge. After Bonar and Ardgay, you could follow the coast road back to the A9 at Tain, or a nicer option is to head 'over the Struy' which takes you back to the A9 by Evanton. Some nice views from this road. You'd need to check that out on a map.

Inverness to John o Groats - depending on traffic and driving style is about 2.5 - 3 hours. Coming back the way I've suggested would be about an hour longer. Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html

in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

Post #766955 5th Apr 2019 8:04am
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Fabio



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Thank you all for the replies.

Donald I've had a look on google maps and that is about the sort of trip i had in mind. Thank you.

I know that the west coast is beautiful I went to the Caingorne mountains,lockness, Applecross, Isle of Skye and the road from Fort william to malaig in 2011.
And i think that is what i'll have to do this time because my in laws are coming from Portugal to go with us and those are worth visiting. Is there anywhere else you recommend not too far from Beauly for us to visit?
On the way down we will come over Glencoe.

Fabio

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donmacn



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I can have a think about that certainly. What sort of stuff works for you? Drives? walks? history? Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html

in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

Post #767093 5th Apr 2019 8:44pm
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Fabio



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Hi Donald,

I prefer drives Smile , but i think my wife and the children prefer walks and history.
If you have any recommendations it would be great.

Thank you

Fabio

Post #767118 5th Apr 2019 9:41pm
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donmacn



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Hi Fabio,

Just thinking about this some more.. I'll send a Pm to pick up an email address. Easier to put a few suggestions together on "word" than using a forum. Won't be till later this evening though - I've an appointment with a Defender in a garage for most of today!

D Donald

1994 Defender 300Tdi 110 SW - owned since 2002 - 220k miles and going strong

The 'rolling restoration' or tinkering thread: http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic58538.html

in the past..
RR classic - fitted with 200Tdi
1984 RR classic - V8 with ZF auto box
1993 Discovery 300Tdi

not to mention the minis and the Type 2 VW camper...

Post #767149 6th Apr 2019 8:32am
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Fabio



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Replied.

Thank you

Fabio

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Its on our list this year. Regards
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Fabio



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Morning all,

I had my weeks holiday up near Inverness, visited a few places and drove some of the roads that Donald advised.
Managed to have a drink with Donald, it was a pleasure to meet you Sir.
Everyone loved it, Scotland is beautiful.
thank you for all the advice.

Fabio

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