For the past 5 years, a Scottish road trip has been rivalling Route 66 as the world’s most spectacular route to tour. This is quite a claim but since 2015 the North Coast 500 “NC500” ( https://www.northcoast500.com ) has been stirring the imagination of all intrepid tourers from all over the world. Now a firm favourite with sportscar clubs, motorhome enthusiasts and motorcycle fans alike the incredibly varied scenery and virtually empty roads are allowing people to experience the UK’s only true wildersness. The full NC500 route is in fact 516 miles but who is counting? High Spirits Tours allow guests to travel in luxury and take in all of the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful area of Scotland without having to arrange anything themselves. Our private, fully tailor-made tours are flexible and are designed to be manipulated to meet the interests of our guests.
Starting in the Highland Capital, Inverness, the journey heads either North along the coast or West towards the towering West Highland mountains, depending on which way round the route is driven. Along the way there is just so much to inspire and motivate people to get closer to nature and to feel respectful to the natural world. Visitors can set up checklists of Scottish iconic images they want to see in reality and tick them off as they make their way along the 516 mile circuit. this will include the beast on top of everyone’s list it seems, the “Heilan’ Coo”. Our red-headed (and black-headed) friends with the wooly coats and huge horns!
At High Spirits Tours ( https://highspiritstours.co.uk ) we like to offer the journey with a food and drink slant and make it as luxurious as we can per the requests of our guests. Other areas of interest along the way are the stunning Dunrobin Castle, in the style of a French chateau ( http://www.dunrobincastle.co.uk ), the ancestral home of the Duke of Sutherland. Other natural sights are Smoo Cave, Sandwood Bay, Handa Island and countless bays along the way. There is also the chance to savour one of the UK’s steepest roads at Bealach na Ba. It offers stunning views for passengers as well as an exhilarating drive! It is possible to take whale and dolphin watching tours along the way and these can be the highlight of anyone’s trip.
For lovers of beer, whisk and gin there are plenty of stop offs or “watering holes” to quench the thirst and educate the palate. There are many breweries and distilleries along the way including; Balblair Whisky Distillery (https://www.balblair.com), Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery (https://www.glenmorangie.com), the fully organic Black Isle Brewery (https://www.blackislebrewery.com) and for the G&T lovers out there the multi-award winning gin distillers, Dunnet Bay Distillery, famous for their Rock Rose gins (https://www.dunnetbaydistillers.co.uk). There are also many fantastic restaurants along the way to tempt all our tastebuds.
For more information regarding a private tour of the NC500, please drop us a line and we can get organising for you. (https://highspiritstours.co.uk/contact/)