Badbea is the haunting site of a now abandoned settlement. Though beautiful, it is a windswept and bleak spot.
Is pretty village, with much to do and see? Dunbeath Heritage Centre is a hidden gem, and, further down the road, Dunbeath Broch is a glimpse into our Highland past. The harbour is also very attractive and makes for a lovely walk. Can you spot Ken and his salmon?
Location: Wick - Durness
Route Mileage: 107 Miles
Sinclair Girnigoe Castle, Wick
As you like sites of historical interest then you should really check out Sinclair Girnigoe Castle ruins just outside
Old Pulteney Distillery, Wick
Pulteney distillery is one of the most northerly distilleries on the Scottish mainland. The extreme location and unique stills have resulted in a Single Malt Scotch Whisky that is bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea.
Continue on to the route and you will find yourself in John O’Groats, the most northerly village in mainland Britain. Get your photo taken with the famous sign and enjoy the views over to the Orkney Isles
A geological marvel awaits you at Duncansby Stacks! One of the ‘must-sees’ in Caithness – and the Highlands - the dramatic rocky outcrops of Duncansby may not be as well-known to tourists as John O’Groats
The Castle Of Mey
Head here to the castle to discover the history and heritage of the late Queen Mother’s home- from-home and also enjoy the amazing gardens in the grounds.
Dunnet Bay Distillery, Dunnet Bay
Rock Rose gin gets its wonderful flavour from a carefully selected and put together creation of local and traditional botanicals
St Peter’s Kirk and Thurso Castle Walk, Thurso
This is an ancient church dating back to the 12th century, and has a beautiful stone frontage.
Borgie Glen Walk, Between Tongue and Bettyhill
Castle Varrich, Tongue
Caisteal Bharraich is a prominent ruined tower house or castle in a superb position overlooking the Kyle of Tongue
Visit Talmine and Melness
A little further on is the tiny hamlet of Talmine, with a much-photographed boat known as ‘The Reaper’. Heading out of Tongue is a particularly scenic part of the route includes the sights of Loch Eriboll, Ben Hope and Ben Loyal.
Ceannabeinne Township Trail – Near Durness
Could you imagine a riot taking place in this tranquil area? In the 19th century it happened!
If you’ve time to spare in the north-west, why not visit the most north-westerly point of the British mainland, Cape Wrath? Seasonal ferries and a bus will take you to your destination, and you can cross something off the bucket list!
Location: Durness – Lochinver
Route Mileage: 60 Miles
Has to be included in journey through Durness! A dramatic and spectacular sea cave, that is set into the limestone cliffs and can be explored by boat or by the path from the car park on the cliffs.
Cocoa Mountain is the north’s premier chocolatier and is situated in the little Balnakeil Craft Village at Durness
Handa Island Boat Trip, Tarbet
Magnificent Torridonian sandstone cliffs rise from the Atlantic on the North West Coast of Handa Island. Each summer, nearly 100,000 seabirds breed here, including internationally important numbers of guillemots, razorbills and great skuas.
Keep an eye out for Kylesku Bridge as you head toward Kylesku! This is one of the most photographed sights along the route and it is not hard to see why
On the way to Drumbeg you’ll see a sign for Clashnessie Falls.
Achmelvich & Clachtoll Beaches
Achmelvich and Clachtoll Beaches are nestled next to each other and both offer unrivalled white sands with turquoise waters. This is one of our top recommendations
Location: Lochinver - Gairloch
Route Mileage: 91.5 Miles
A drive north will take you to the scenic Ardvreck Castle, a ruined 16th century fortification, and the remains of Calda House.
The walk up to the Bone Caves at Inchnadamph is a beautiful and popular walk. Leading you up a limestone valley to the dramatic bone caves, where the cave openings part way up a steep side of the valley.
Achiltibuie, a picturesque and often-overlooked part of the route.
Corrieshalloch may mean ‘Ugly Hollow’ in Gaelic, but there is nothing ugly about Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, a deep tree-shrouded chasm and beauty spot that cuts through a Highland wilderness rich in flora and fauna
Melon Udrigle Beach
To the north east the views include the distinctive side-on profile of Suilven, near Lochinver, some 25 miles distant, and carry on round taking in the mountains of Coigach, including - we think - a glimpse of the top of Stac Pollaidh.
Gruinard Bay and Eas Dubh Falls Walk
This short walk combines a visit to a beautiful sandy beach and an attractive waterfall
Isle of Ewe Smokehouse, Aultbea
If you are a fan of seafood, you may enjoy this smokehouse.
Hebridean Whale Cruises, Gairloch
Want to spot whales? Look no further than the fast-paced sea tour with Hebridean Whale Cruises in Gairloch.
Location: Gairloch – Applecross
Route Mileage: 62 Miles
Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Kinlochewe
Applecross Brewing Company, Applecross
The Applecross Brewing Company is a local croft brewery at the foot of the Bealach na Ba.
Why not drop in by the Potting Shed Café at the Applecross Walled Garden?
Location: Applecross - Inverness
Route Mileage: 82.5 Miles
Bealach Na Ba
The next part will take you across one of the most formidable sections of road on the North Coast 500… the Bealach Na Ba. The Bealach is not only one of the most scenic roads; the scenery really is something else!
Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron
The breath-taking Attadale Gardens is just a few miles off the route at Strathcarron and is worth the detour. Started by Baron Schroder in the late 19th century, hill paths meander through 20 acres of conifers and rhododendrons.
On your way towards Contin, you will see a sign for Rogie Falls. This short but very popular walk descends through varied forestry down to the Blackwater River to visit the impressive Rogie Falls.
Visit Castle Leod the oldest intact Castle in Britain; see where the Beatles (yes, the Beatles played in this tiny town!) or just enjoy ambling through the quaint Victorian-era streets.
Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord
Founded in 1838 Glen Ord is a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands and is the only remaining single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle.
The ruins of Beauly Priory lay at the east end the main square of Beauly. It was one of three priories founded in Scotland by monks of the Valliscaulian order, from the Burgundy region of France, in the years following 1230.
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