Scotland’s Answer to Route 66

In these strange times that most of us are still enduring, it’s imperative that we look forward to better times and planning adventures is always something that warms the cockles of every travellers heart. The North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to Route 66 and has been voted the most beautiful driving route in the world! High praise indeed!

North Scotland’s appeal

Since the advent of tourism and the railways in the Victorian era, the north of Scotland has always been a popular choice for the adventurous traveller.

Its appeal has always been the scenery, from rugged, jagged topped mountains on the west; to rolling, fertile, barley growing farmland on the east. This appeal endures today and is present on every corner!

The northern section of the Scottish mainland has an abundance of beautiful scenery and so much more to offer. The North Coast 500 route has become a popular escape for many travellers because of it’s nature and get-away from it all feel.

Scotland’s answer to Route 66 is a joy to slow down, relax and let nature relieve the many strains of life in 2021.


10. Bealach na Ba, Applecross

Stunning area on the Applecross Peninsula with a precarious, steep, single-track road winding it’s way to Loch Kishorn. Well worth the nerve wracking journey to the bottom and back!


9. Loch Maree, Torridon

One of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs. Peaceful, inspiring and in the right weather very reflective.


8. Kishorn Seafood Bar, Kishorn

Fresh is best at the Kishorn Seafood Bar! Local seafood from Loch Kishorn is cooked in perfect simplicity. Shellfish the speciality.


7. Balblair Distillery, Edderton

Celebrating Scotland’s national drink, this small, and one of the oldest, distilleries in Scotland is a friendly stop. They have some fantastic drams to taste for the whisky enthusiasts too.

Balblair distillery


6. Dornoch Village

This pleasant east coast village happens to come complete with it’s own cathedral, championship golf course, castle, stunning white sandy beach and jail! Although it is no longer an operational jail!


5. Dunrobin Castle, Golspie

Stunning fairytale castle and gardens with history dating from the 14th century.

Dunrobin Castle


4. Chanonry Point, Black Isle

A fantastic location on the east coast to catch a sighting of the dolphins and porpoises playing in the firth.


3. Duncansby Head

Stunning sea views and the sea stacks. Also has a spectacular coastal walk for the adventurous among us.


2. Handa Island

Island of Handa is a nature reserve for seabirds and can be accessed via the little passenger ferry. It’s well worth leaving the NC500 for!


1. Rogie Falls, Contin

A popular place to view salmon leaping in autumn on their way to their breeding grounds upriver. It’s always a competition to see who can get the salmon in their pictures! An inspiring place.



At High Spirits Tours we offer private guided tours of NC500 for the whisky lover and also a general food and drink focus. We also offer our beautiful Morgan 4/4, Morag for hire for a week-long trip on the route. We can also identify and book your accommodation, restaurants and attractions along the way, if you so wish. This tour is popular and has enough variety to keep everyone happy. We have a relaxed, collaborative way of designs trips for our guests.

For more information or to simply book it up, pop us over a note to find out more:

I hope everyone can find a 2021 trip that will release them from the stress and strain of the last year. Hope to see you soon!

Grant Muir

Owner, High Spirits Tours