North Coast 500 Attractions

Guide

Below is Hidden Scotland’s selection of the best attractions to be found in the North Coast 500 trail area. Enjoy your trip.

Edderton

Edderton is a village near the burgh of Tain in Ross County. Around 400 people currently l...
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Clashnessie

Clashnessie is a crofting village in the Assynt area of Sutherland. In traditional Highlan...
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Loch Shin

Loch Shin is a long narrow loch measuring around 18 miles by 1 mile. In the summer months ...
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Sandwood Bay

Sandwood Bay has 1.5 miles of pink sand, a loch, cliffs, a sea stack and huge sand dunes s...
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Torridon

The area called Torridon around Loch Torridon and Glen Torridon has 5 Munros and is theref...
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Fairy Glen, Rosemarkie

Park your car in the car park at the Cromarty end of Rosemarkie, put on your walking shoes...
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Falls of Rogie

If you find yourself anywhere near Ullapool and love beautiful country walks, rivers and w...
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Bealach na Bà

Remote, scary, challenging, breath-taking and never to be forgotten. This is the road over...
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Gruinard Bay

This bay has three beaches with beautiful pink sand, rocky coves and spectacular views of ...
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Applecross

The Applecross Peninsula is a haven of tranquillity just as its Gaelic name of ‘a Chomra...
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Meall Gorm, Strathcarron

Meall Gorm is 949m high and is part of the Fannaichs. If you’re an experienced climber t...
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Glen Affric

This is the place to be if you like a good scenic walk. Here you can find ancient woodland...
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Keiss Castle

If you’re travelling from John O’Groats to Wick along the coast road you will pass thr...
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Lairg

Lairg is located at the end of Loch Shin in Sutherland. If you are planning on touring the...
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Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

If its forest trails, wildlife, archeology and a good day out with the family you are look...
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The Wee House

If you are anywhere near Loch Shin look out for the unusual sight of a house in the middle...
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Falls of Shin

You can have a fabulous day out with the family at The Falls of Shin. Nature, wildlife, fo...
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Mac & Wild

Mac and Wild specialise in a range of authentic Scottish produce, from wild venison to whi...
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Torridon Giants Trek by Thistle Trekking

The Torridon Giants trekking holiday lets you experience this wild and remote area of Nort...
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North West Wilderness Weekend with Thistle Trekking

The North West Wilderness Weekend gives you the chance to walk the first 4 days of the Ca...
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Assynt

Assynt is an area in North Western Scotland that offers a variety of scenery with its moor...
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Whaligoe Steps

Whaligoe Steps zigzag down the 250ft cliff face to give you access to Whaligoe Haven. When...
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River Ness Walk

Why not take a stroll alongside the River Ness on a lazy Sunday? This walk takes you throu...
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Glenmorangie Distillery

A trip to Scotland isn’t complete without visiting a whisky distillery, and Inverness ha...
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Beauly Priori

Beauly Priori is a ruined 13th century monastery, and it’s a must for anyone with an int...
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Dunrobin Castle

This fascinating castle dates back to the 1300s and it’s a must see if you are anywhere ...
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Loch Maree

Loch Maree has beautiful scenery with its scattered islands, oakwoods and mountains on one...
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Duncansby Head

Although John o’Groats is known as the most north eastern tip of the mainland Duncansby ...
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Wildtrax Rentals

WildTrax offers the discerning traveller a unique experience traversing the Highlands of S...
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See 360 degree views of Inverness and surrounds from Inverness Castle

The red sandstone buildings of Inverness Castle can best be viewed from the opposite bank ...
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Bottle your own malt at the Old Pulteney Distillery

This is the furthest north distillery on the mainland and its Visitor Centre will delight ...
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Turn off the A99 to Sinclair’s Bay and find a little bit of paradise

This is a stunning large white beach known locally as Reiss Beach complete with sand dunes...
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Imagine living in the Castle Of Old Wick in the 12th Century

This castle known as The Old Man of Wick dates back to the 12th Century when the King of N...
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Find drama at Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

See the most dramatic coastal scenery surrounding this ruined castle sitting on the cliff ...
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View the Old Man of Hoy from the Castle of Mey

On a clear day you can see right across the Pentland Firth to Hoy from here and take in so...
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Experience wilderness in Caithness

Caithness runs from the Pentland Firth to the Moray Firth and together with Sutherland cov...
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Enjoy the falconry display at Dunrobin Castle

This fascinating castle dates back to the 1300s and it’s a must see if you are anywhere ...
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Take a nature trail at Forsinard Flows Nature Reserve

Fersinard Flows is a vast expanse of a rare type of peatland forming a blanket bog....
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Enjoy the mountainous views around Loch Eriboll

Loch Eriboll sits amid the mountainous heart of North West Sutherland. It is about a mile ...
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Eilean Donan Castle

Tours of fully restored castle on an island where 3 lochs meet, dating from the 13th centu...
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Steep yourself in Scottish history at Bettyhill

This village is of special interest to history lovers as it was formed at the time of the ...
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Watch the surfers in Torrisdale Bay

If your travels take you to Bettyhill then be sure to encompass a visit to the nearby Torr...
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Explore the spectacular Smoo Caves

Set into the limestone cliffs about a mile east of Durness you will find this spectacular ...
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Take a break at Durness Village for a bite to eat

Durness is the largest village in this area and is in fact the most north-westerly of vill...
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Walk around the Kyle of Durness and soak in the views

The coastal inlet of Kyle of Durness divides the Cape Wrath peninsula from the mainland....
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Handa Island

This is a fascinating island and a must for all wildlife lovers in the area. You can reach...
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Bone Caves at Inchnadamph

These caves have been found to hold ancient bones of polar bears, lynx, wolves, reindeer a...
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Achmelvich Coast walk

Start at the car park at the white sandy beach of Achmelvich. From here follow the path pa...
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Kylesku Bridge

This bridge forms part of the A894 and as you travel across it the views over Sutherland a...
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Stoer Lighthouse

Stoer Head offers a dramatic coastline with great views, wildlife and a Lighthouse....
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Hermit's Castle

Hermit's Castle, Achmelvich.  Achmelvich is home to what is reputedly Europe's smallest c...
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Ardvreck Castle & Calda House

Ardvreck Castle is a ruined castle dating from the 16th century which stands on a rocky pr...
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