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Fabio



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I drove from Inverness to John O'Groats till Tongue and then down towards Inverness again.
The only thing i would say is that it will be better to do in 2 or 3 days.
But it is beautiful.
You'll enjoy it.

Fabio

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Adam17



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lovely pic chap! Regards
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Fabio wrote:
I drove from Inverness to John O'Groats till Tongue and then down towards Inverness again.
The only thing i would say is that it will be better to do in 2 or 3 days.
But it is beautiful.
You'll enjoy it.

Fabio


I have as much as 16 days to do the trip Very Happy Thumbs Up Regards
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Fabio



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16 days is plenty. Smile
I didn’t get to do the whole of it But I do think it is worth it.
And if you haven’t been, got to Applecross. It is also well worth it.

Fabio

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Countryman2



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Worth downloading gpx route onto a sat nav as you can enjoy the scenery rather than looking at an atlas. The west coast is stunningly beautiful. We spent two nights at most stops to have time to explore and go walking.

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Darcy Fairfax



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Sounds a great idea, not rushing it. Don’t know much about this route, are there places to stay at good intervals or are they few and far between?

Cheers

D

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Adam17



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Fabio wrote:
16 days is plenty. Smile
I didn’t get to do the whole of it But I do think it is worth it.
And if you haven’t been, got to Applecross. It is also well worth it.

Fabio


Definitely on the list - we plan to do the whole route, and as much as possible on the way. Regards
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Adam17



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Countryman2 wrote:
Worth downloading gpx route onto a sat nav as you can enjoy the scenery rather than looking at an atlas. The west coast is stunningly beautiful. We spent two nights at most stops to have time to explore and go walking.


I do believe that my tomtom has the route on it - We also have a north coast book, and that has all the necessary addresses in it - so we can just follow that Very Happy Regards
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Adam17



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Darcy Fairfax wrote:
Sounds a great idea, not rushing it. Don’t know much about this route, are there places to stay at good intervals or are they few and far between?

Cheers

D


I do believe there a places everywhere (hotels/B&Bs) Hopefully there are campsites too, the book mentioned above has a lot of info in, ill try and find a link to it... Regards
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Darcy Fairfax



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Thanks, hope you have a great time.
D

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/North-Coast-Journ...amp;sr=8-5

Here it is.
However, we havnt looked all the way through and cant say for sure if it has campsites. My wife done her own research to campsites as we need a dog friendly one. Regards
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Darcy Fairfax



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Thanks for the reference, Adam.
Best wishes
D

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dunc



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+1 Thumbs Up for Plockton. About 15 miles off the official NC500 route, but worth the detour in my opinion.

Gets very busy in the summer months, be sure to book accommodation well in advance and particularly evening meals. I can recommend the Plockton Inn (dog friendly) and the Plockton Hotel. There is a chippy in the village if you get stuck.....

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Were going out of season (not in school holidays) so hopefully wont be too busy, and were doing camp sites only. But ill add Plockton to the list.

Thanks Bow down Very Happy Regards
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donmacn



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You'll enjoy it - especially if you take your time. Do remember our school holidays are different to yours. Up here it's usually 6 weeks - July and the first two weeks of August.

I think you said you were going anti-clockwise? Campsites everywhere - Golspie, Brora, John O Groats, Bettyhill, Tongue, Talmine, Durness, Kinlochbervie, Scourie, Ardmair, Ullapool, Laide, Aultbea, Gairloch, Shieldaig, LochCarron etc etc Loads!

I think even out of school holidays this is just a busy route now, so even campsites might be full. If you are keen on facilities like showers and toilets it might well be worth guesstimating where you'll be in th evening and phoning ahead to book a space.

I've not been around since it was branded the NC500, though I have driven on long sections of it. As a 'local', who doesn't work in tourism, it's something of a mixed blessing. It's good to see the area busy - but the roads can get pretty chokka. Donald

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