The North Coast 500 (a.k.a NC500) is Scotland's version of Route 66 (in the sense that its a very iconic route). The NC500 is a 516-mile route around the Highlands of Scotland and has gained a lot of popularity due to it's out-of-this-world scenery. Since its launch in 2015, it's caused a massive tourism surge in Scotland. With every twist and turn, you will be presented with a mix of single-track roads, rugged hills, beautiful white sandy beaches, fairytale castles and quaint towns. The NC500 is guaranteed to be a proper Scottish adventure!

I spent a week driving the NC500 with my two best friends in 2018. At this time, I was actually living in Wick, which is a town situated on the NC500, and I spent a large amount of time exploring the local sightseeing spots. Therefore, I have gained a lot of insider information of things to do on and around the NC500 and even, additional trips you can that are just off the route if you have time to spare.

I'm going to be doing a 5-week blog post series on the NC500. The first, being this blog post, which will cover a comprehensive overview of the route and need to know information. The next four blog posts will follow a section of the route, providing information on things to do and where to stay. So, make sure to follow along to get started on planning your own North Coast adventure!

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