We did the North Coast 500 in a 3 days road trip, one of the world’s greatest routes. It’s a 500 miles ride that showcases the soul of Scotland. It passes through rugged mountains, beautiful beaches and fairytale-y lochs (lakes).
Day 1:The first section of the route is mostly coastal views, farm fields and forests. We spent the first night in Bowermadden near wick in a simple wigwam. The shower and kitchen were shared and you have to bring your own sleeping bag. It costs £54 per night and £5 per dog. The accommodation was clean and basic, but pricy for what it offered.
The area is surrounded by farming land. Pray for a clear sky night and loads of luck if you wanna observe the northern nights.
Day 2: A scenic drive through countryside roads. Make sure to stop at Ceannabeinne beach near Durness. It has beautiful white sand, unique rock formations and crystal clear waters. There is also a zip-line there (£12 per person).
We spent the night at Achmelvich Youth Hostel which was 2 minutes away from the stunning Achmelvich beach. The Youth hostel (SYHA) costs £54 for a room and £5 per dog. Cheaper prices are available if you share the dormitory. The accommodation was outdated and damp. We have stayed in other SYHA hostels which were better value for money.
Day 3:This was my favorite day! We hiked up to the top of the majestic Mt. Suilven a.k.a Sugar Loaf of Scotland. It was rainy and muddy (Waterproof hiking boots and gaiters are what you should invest in). There is a fair hike before you reach the foot of the Suilven. For more details and instructions about the route, Check out walkhighlands. It’s accurate and I highly recommend it for route descriptions.
After a nice 7 hours hike, we drove to the small town of Tomintoul in the Cairngorm National Park where we spent the night in a guesthouse. It costs £60 for 2 persons and pets are free of charge. A tasty cooked breakfast was included in the price.
Day 4: The next morning we drove to Glenmore forest and had a chilled day walking by the lakeside.