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).

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NC500 route. Check out their website for more details

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.

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Simple wigwam
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View over farms
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Chillin’
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“Papa, why do humans take way too many pictures?!”
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Cozy wigwam

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 The accommodation was outdated and damp.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.

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He uses Road Atlas Maps, Google maps and the car’s Sat-Nav. Nerd who loves his maps lol
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Serenity
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Ben Loyal
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The sky was doing its own beautiful thing!
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Favorite snack
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Ceannabeinne beach
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“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more” Lord Byron
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When you unleash a mad lurcher lol
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Grateful for being able to witness this beauty with my own eyes. Thanks Lord!
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I wonder, who lives there?!
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It’s okay to be the black sheep of the family
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Gorgeous sunset at Achmelvich beach

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.

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The sunny tropical highlands of Scotland lol
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Beautiful hike to the foot of the Suilven
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Snacks!
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Hiking essentials: HOT CHOCOLATE
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Tomato face swallowing a banana lol
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At the foot of the Suilven. Y’ cannae see a thing!
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Lochs and a tiny beach
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Gandalf! LOL
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Who built this wall on the top of the mountain? and why would anybody do that?!
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Poor visibility can be dangerous. Stick together if you’re in a group and keep your bearings sharp
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Lame family selfie from the top lol. The mist hid the views
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High on fresh air!
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I loved every single moment of this adventure!
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The mist made the hike feel atmospheric and beautiful
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Gracing your screens with my granny smile!
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Y’all think your dogs are the best. Nah, this is the best dog in the world! #TypicalMama
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“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us” John Muir
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Had this concoction right at the foot of the Suilven and it tasted GREAT!
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The first appearance of sunlight. Soak it in!
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Mt. Suilven. Ain’t it just stunning?
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Suilven & Rosie
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Dramatic backdrop
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I want a rocking chair and a cuppa tea right here! #GrannyDreams
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Other trails to hike
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See you later, Suilven. Assalamu Alaikum!
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Sunset on the way to Tomintoul

Day 4: The next morning we drove to Glenmore forest and had a chilled day walking by the lakeside.

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Loch Morlich
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The bright nature
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She was DYING to chase the ducks lol

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