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A bold claim the North Coast 500, is Scotland’s answer to Route 66.  According to Jeremy Clarkson the North Coast 500 “is the best drive in the world”. Plan your own Scottish Highlands road trip to remember!  If you like to set your own pace and agenda, then a road trip is perfect. Forget touring across the continent, discover the majestic beauty of Scotland. Make sure you stay at the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa, the perfect place to begin or end your road trip!


Discover why the North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to route 66. 

Come North and experience the breath-taking beauty and stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands. It’s so much more than a viewpoint it’s a way of life! Sip a “wee dram”, delight in the delicious food straight from the sea, loch and field and “chat on” the locals.  Scotland is a little different expect a “good morning” as take your morning stroll and there is always someone with a “wee bit” of local advice or a story. There are some Epic Road Trips including the North Coast 500 across the Scottish Highlands, come North and drive these gems!  These fabulous routes vary in length & offer a scenic alternative to main trunk roads and motorways. They’re easy to follow and well signposted. Make sure you look out for the distinctive brown and white signs. Do you like to be in charge, then a road trip is perfect for you as you set the itinerary! A road trip is all about you!

Checkout the following Scottish Highland Road Trip Routes. Your perfect escape this year:

  • North Coast 500begins and ends in Inverness and is Scotland’s answer to route 66. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have driven some of the world’s most iconic routes and according to Clarkson “NC500 is best drive in the world”.  It wasn’t just the scenery but the road itself, a road for driving, the twists and turns! This iconic route is one of the most beautiful coastal touring routes in the world.  At least that is what a Scot will tell you, totally unbiased!  The North Coast 500 brings together just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery. The route follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands. You can stop off and explore ancient castles Dunrobin Castle which resembles a fabulous french chateau, truly something to see in the scottish highlands. Discover glistening sandy beaches at Sandwood Bay, a 4 mile walk from Blairmore – it is worth it! Don’t forget the breathtaking stacks at Duncansby Head. The North Coast 500 is just stop after stop of spell-binding scenery. You could also take a leaf out of the Grand Tour gents and try the Golspie Kart Track. The North Coast 500 has captured the imaginations of thousands of people! You really want to join this club!
  • Moray Firth Routediscover this beautiful corner of the highlands. Enjoy this semi circle route from Inverness taking in the 3 firths of Beauly, Cromarty and Dornoch. Covering 80miles /128km.  You will experience Beauly Priory, Glen Ord Distillery has been producing highland whisky since 1838 make time to pop to these wee hidden gem it scores 4.5 out of 5 by fellow travelers, Black Isle Brewery, made from their own home grown organic barley, Royal Dornoch Golf Course, Dolphin and Whale spotting in the Moray Firth. Make time to experience a dolphin spotting tour with Dolphin Spirit. You can cruise through the waters of the Moray Firth home to many Dolphins or get a little closer with the thrilling RIB experience! If the water isn’t for you, then you can park at Chanonry Point and take in the fabulous views from the shore, time to spot a dolphin, skim stones and much your picnic! Soak up the wild beauty of this fabulous corner of Scotland meandering from Inverness to Loch Fleet via the sparkling waters of the Beauly, Cromarty and Dornoch Firth.

Chanonry Point Lighthouse, Rosemarkie ideal for dolphin spotting

  • Highland Tourist Route is a special treat for lovers of Scottish history and takes in no less than 4 Castles, including Cawdor Castle. Cawdor Castle is still home to the Cawdor family. This historic beauty has a fascinating past including links to Macbeth  You won’t want to miss Culloden Battlefield, a truly emotive space. The scene of a key turning point in Scottish history. This fabulous drive also offers the opportunity to see one of Scotlands famous birds. You won’t want to miss the Osprey Center at Boat of Garten. The route travels through the rugged landscape of the Cairngorm National Park where you can see rare species or discover a new exhilarating sport.

Cawdor Castle with beautiful gardens & walks

Make an Epic Road Trip & Stay with Us:

Inverness is the perfect point to start and end your epic road trip! Stay with us at the Inverness Best Western Palace Hotel & Spa, ideally located on the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle and only minutes from the fabulous Inverness shops.  It is the perfect location when you have spent enough time in the car and need to stretch your legs.  We are a family run hotel, your stay matters to us and we look forward to extending a warm Highland welcome.  As our guest you will enjoy valet car parkingfree Wi-fi and the lovely leisure club and swimming pool.  Stay with us in May, prices from only £78.95 per person per night based on 2 sharing a classic room.  However we have great offers year round so remember #bookdirect for your best offers.  Just call our reservations team on 01463 22 32 43 or email us at Palace and begin your next epic road trip adventure!


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