Some of the NC500 hotels offer discounts for those booking multiple nights, and off-season rates can be 20% to 50% off high season rates. But the only option then are the A99 and the A9 back to Inverness. Wheelchair Accessible Rooms? If you are used to staying in big chain hotels (e.g., Hilton, Sheraton) or budget chain motels (e.g., Travelodge), you won’t find many along this route. It is the former hunting lodge of the Earl of Lovelace (husband of mathematician Ada Lovelace), and is probably the most well-known hotel along the North Coast 500. Wheelchair Accessible Rooms? ... Durness; Hebrides; The North Coast 500. So let’s get on with finding you the perfect North Coast 500 hotels for your ultimate Scottish road trip! We stayed here during the winter so it was very quiet here but we had a comfortable room and a good breakfast and dinner. Booking Accommodation on the North Coast 500. Now, six months is a pretty long time in advance so don’t worry if you just decided to drive the NC500 and it is 2 months away, you’ll still find plenty of places with availability, but start booking now. Wheelchair Accessible Rooms? : Pets are welcome at the hotel. Some hotels suggest calling the day before your arrival to ensure that ramps are put out for your stay. Do not camp without purchasing Avon Skin So Soft US / UK as the midges are out in force from May until September in Applecross. Your accommodation in Glasgow will be the Hilton Hotel. Your coverage and signal strengths will vary and will depend on your provider, but expect to lose service in some areas. To top the view, dining at the Applecross Inn is talked about across the West Highlands in hushed awe-inspired tones. A lot of budget travelers choose simple accommodation for most of their trip but then splurge to treat themselves to one nicer stay along the route So definitely a doable road trip for someone of any budget, from those with big pockets to those with more modest ones! Even if you don’t spend the night, you might consider booking a meal here or stopping in for a drink, especially if staying around Invergordon. You may also want to pick up a copy of the latest edition of the Rough Guide guidebook to the North Coast 500, and a good Scotland touring map for your trip. The castle has quite a history and was originally built as a palace for bishops, then was the long-term property of the Sutherland family until 1922. The Kylesku Hotel is a small hotel perched on the shores of a sea loch, and offers 11 rooms located across a renovated 17th century coaching inn and a newer annex. If you are looking for a Scottish castle to stay in while in Dornoch, then the 3-star, The hotel offers 21 comfortable en-suite rooms and three places to eat: a formal dining room, a more relaxed bistro bar, and The Garden Room. It is about 35 miles (~50 minute drive) from Inverness. What NOT to expect from hotels along the North Coast 500? Rooms are individually decorated and offer modern amenities. Next, we recommend checking out our detailed 1 week North Coat 500 itinerary that includes detailed information about the recommended route, main attractions along the route, dining options, and recommended lodging for each day. Tips for your North Coast 500 Accommodation. However, two of the cottages offer step-free access and can work well for those in wheelchairs. Note that the single-track road to Achiltibuie and this peninsula is not recommend for motorhomes or other vehicles over 30 feet long. We did not stay here but did stop in for a meal while in Wick and were shown around by the friendly staff and owners who were very welcoming. In rural areas, there may not be anybody around to ask for directions. Note that there are a lot of stairs for the tower and upstairs rooms, and if you have limited mobility I’d recommend a ground floor or garden room. There you have it, our list of recommended North Coast 500 hotels along this new popular route around the top of Scotland. That plaid carpet is something, and I love the bed in the Pool House. Hi Rob & Ann, Yes, I don’t think that many people outside Scotland have heard of the North Coast 500 yet but it is definitely becoming a popular route! Although the hotel is not much to look at from the outside, it offers some great views, with all rooms and the restaurant having bay views. So budget backpackers should be able to find a place to sleep for £20 to £30 per night and luxury seekers may pay up to £300 or more per night. If you really need to get online for something important and can’t get online, hotel staff at most places should be able to get you online from a wired connection at the front desk. If you are looking for the best and largest rooms, ask for one of the 4-poster bed rooms or the apartment. Hi Ruth, There are so many great places to stay along the North Coast 500, and the castle hotels are definitely popular! One awkward thing about the hotel is that the reception check-in is currently located in the bar which can be crowded, so it can be a bit confusing and hopefully something that the hotel will clarify in the future. : Kincraig Castle offers one ground floor room that is wheelchair accessible with a wheelchair accessible bathroom and shower. Hi Tom & Shirley, Thanks so much or taking the time to comment after your NC500 road trip! But other than that, our stay was fabulous. This was day 1 on the North Coast 500, an impressive 500 mile journey around the Scottish coastland and my first cycle touring adventure since childhood. Tulloch Castle or Kincraig Castle are also well-situated for stops on the last day of your NC500 road trip and can make a great final night stay before heading into Inverness. Strong Wifi connections. Our visit made us wish we had an extra night along the NC500 to spend here. Covering close to 530 miles according to our GPS, the route naturally follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands of Scotland, taking in the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the … Cooked to order breakfast focused on local ingredients and there was a lot of good choices and even daily specials. In some places along the route there are quite a few options (e.g., Inverness, Ullapool) so it is easier to find a place, but in other spots along the route there are only a couple of options which are more likely to be fully booked. It has a lovely location on a 58-acre estate next to Loch Torridon, with a large kitchen garden and a field where you can see Highland cattle and Tamworth pigs. Carefully read descriptions and reviews on any booking site to minimize surprises. But they have since expanded their bistro dining area, hired a professional chef, and expanded their evening dining options. We didn’t stay here but we did visit and during our short visit we accidentally met one of the owners and her son, who were both hard at work on the property. It is our favorite place to stay on the Black Isle. Address: 14 Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4AG. Yes, a castle stay along the North Coast 500 is definitely a wonderful splurge, and most do have working fireplaces in the lounge and/or some of the rooms. : The hotel does not have any fully accessible rooms. From brilliant small B&Bs to luxury hotels, AirBnBs and glamping, get a true taste of life on the North Coast 500 with my recommended places to stay near Inverness, Sutherland, Caithness, Lochinver & Assynt, and Wester Ross & Applecross. All of these and more are possible, but it can be time-consuming to search and choose from the hundreds of properties along the route. Address: Poolewe, Achnasheen, Wester Ross IV22 2LD. I am a bit surprised so many are already fully booked for June. – and have read my complete guide to planning your NC500 trip. Where to find more information about the North Coast 500? 1 Bistro and a bar so you can stop in for everything from coffee to dinner to cocktails. They offer a detailed cycling itinerary for you to work from and also a Rough Guide guidebook that we found came in handy for finding lunch spots and sights of interest along our route. Want to keep up to date with us and our latest travel tips? Rooms include fine cotton linens, flat screen TVs, bathrobes, tea and coffee making facilities, and luxury toiletries. The hotel sits near the sea loch Kyle of Tongue and you can see the ruins of Castle Varrich from here, and some rooms have these views as well. All rooms require stairs to access. However, they do have a ground floor room that may be suitable for those with reduced mobility who can handle the entrance steps. We will endeavour to accommodate the group in the same location however on occasions this might not be possible. Photo by: Mikaela Toczek Growing up my family holidays often consisted of cycling from hostel to hostel and I still have vivid memories of my parents saying that they would wait for me at the top and now it all came rushing back to me. LOADING. However, you may want to spend the day golfing in the area or exploring the Black Isle, in which case these castle hotels or B&B may make a great stay for the night. I would recommend choosing one of the better category rooms, especially if staying more than 1 night, as the smallest rooms don’t have much space to move around in after you get your luggage inside. The Braemore Square Country House is a boutique B&B located in a former nineteenth century staging post that served the Braemore Square Country House. Location: Located in Lochinver, about 1 mile from the town center. Note that meals, other than breakfast, are not typically offered here, and that you should figure out your dinner plans prior to arrival. Address: Badcall Bay, Scourie, Sutherland IV27 4TH. Dog Friendly? There is no strict North Coast 500 route – where you stop, stay and play is entirely up to you but here is a flavour of the villages and activities we think make up the best North Coast 500 places to visit. Some people complain about poor WiFi, limited services in small towns, lack of elevators, etc. We haven’t stayed here yet ourselves, but it is a good place to consider for those looking for a self-catering option with some nice views, and a convenient location for those traveling as a family or group as well as those wanting to take a boat trip to the Orkney Islands. Most NC500 hotel rates include a breakfast, which is often a choice of a cooked Scottish breakfast (eggs, meats, tomato, toast) or more simple continental one. Location: Located in the center of the sleepy town of Tongue. Out of all the North Coast 500 accommodation options we have visited or stayed at, none stood out for the room decor as much as Pool House. So I would definitely not leave it until evening on the same day as you might find yourself wasting a lot of time searching for availability. Jessica. Ackergill Tower is no longer a hotel and has been reverted back into a private home. Don’t let the small things ruin a wonderful North Coast 500 road trip! We had good WiFi connections at some places, but not others. A lot of holiday home rentals and campsites do accept pets and a lot of people with dogs prefer the flexibility of camping with their pets. Those in wheelchairs and those with mobility difficulties are wise to check ahead to make sure the lodging can accommodate their needs and to book rooms that have good access. If you are planning on renting a campervan, we recommend using Motorhome Republic. Cycle through the incredible scenery of northern Scotland on winding tarmac past towering mountains, sandy beaches and rolling wilderness. So we’ve done it for you, providing a list of over 25 personally recommended North Coast 500 hotels that are well-rated, well-located, and/or offer something unique or special. Cycling Level. A more simple bar menu is available during the day as well. For those returning to overnight in Inverness, you can see our Inverness hotel recommendations earlier in the article. Natural Retreats is John O’Groats is also great for those wanting a seaside spot along the route, and The Torridon, Broomview Cottage, and several hotels in Ullapool offer loch views. We’ve stopped for a hot sandwich and soup here and both were tasty. Price: Room rates typically range from £125 – £280 per night for double occupancy. We never went more than 24 hours without finding a WiFi connection at a hotel, cafe, or museum so we were always able to at least check our emails. We spent the first few hours in the lounge next to the fire relaxing, reading, and drinking coffee and whisky. Wheelchair Accessible Rooms? The North Coast 500 is an epic adventure skirting around the upper reaches of Scotland. If you want to explore Wick, ask the reception for “Mackays Staff Guide to Wick” for some local insight into the little town. FAQ's. Most on the list meet all 3 criteria! Check Royal Marine Hotel prices here to find the best rates for your dates. In fact the North Coast 500 has only been in existence since 2015. For those who do make it, staying at the Inn on the peninsula is as blissful as it gets – the view across the Inner Sound to Raasay and Skye is mesmerising. Although we did have spacious rooms on our trip, do expect smaller rooms and especially smaller bathrooms than you might be used to in the U.S. The staff members here are friendly, the castle has some wonderful history, the rooms are comfortable and well-decorated, and the grounds are well-tended. The North Coast 500 might be right outside your door, but hidden on its own beach, the silence at Birdwatcher’s Cabin* is only interrupted by the whistling cry of an osprey taking flight over Loch Fleet’s endless stretch of sand dunes, mudflats, and 100-year-old Scots pinewoods. Thanks again! Most NC500 hotel rates include a breakfast, which is often a choice of a cooked Scottish breakfast (eggs, meats, tomato, toast) or more simple continental one. Here you’ll find beautiful public rooms full of tartan, period antiques, vintage sporting equipment, and artwork that will make you think you’ve wandered into a Scottish country house from the 19th century. The norm is 4 to 20 room independent hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, historical properties, and boutique hotels, and each tends to have its own unique character and quirks. North Coast 500: North Coast 500 - Cycle - See 705 traveller reviews, 842 candid photos, and great deals for Inverness, UK, at Tripadvisor. Price: Room rates typically range from £120 – £300 per night for double occupancy. Accommodation Along The North Coast 500 Route. This will be a challenging 500+ mile supported ride over 7 Days, stopping at campsites along the route. The castle has a lively history and you can uncover a lot of interesting stories and tales during a stay here. We are actually headed back up there later this week to drive it in the winter. Let us know if you have further questions as you plan your trip. Cawdor is a 42-thousand acre, 700-year old Scottish Highlands estate surrounded by redwoods, roe deer and rambling paths, and its own castle. There are a lot of properties in Scotland with the same or similar names, and there are even a few properties along the NC500 with very similar names (e.g., Mackays Hotel in Wick and Mackay’s in Durness). We’ve stayed both in Ullapool and outside of it, and with a car, both are good options. I dont know much about the A99 but the A9 does not have a good write up for cyclists. Wishing you a great NC500 trip and do let us know if you have any more questions as you plan your time in Scotland! Note that most rooms and apartments require a 2 night minimum stay. We enjoyed our dinner as well as our breakfast the next morning. Be sure to spend some time in the gardens here and if you have kids, be sure to check out the Fairy Trail. Fantastic pictures as usual – makes me recall how beautiful Scotland is, and how I’m overdue for another trip there! Check The Factor House prices here to find the best rates for your dates. Both towns are near the popular Dunrobin Castle. We found this to be a relaxing and scenic historical hotel with friendly staff, and we would highly recommend it for those looking for a place to relax at the beginning or end of their North Coast 500 road trip. Jessica, Your email address will not be published. So if you decide to book you stays now, I would try to book for later rather than sooner and to make sure that you book stays that can be canceled or refunded. Popular with bus tours and car club motoring tours since it is one of the largest hotels (along with the Caledonian) in the town. Full Scottish breakfasts are included in the rates, and dinners can also be booked in the hotel dining room with advanced notice on certain nights of the week. Note that since this is a city (although a small one), most properties are going to be located next to a street and may not be able to offer rooms with scenic views. Definitely a place to consider if looking for a cocktail in Inverness before dinner. The property offers an experience that is a mix between a bed-and-breakfast and a full-service hotel. We do recommend booking NC500 lodging 6 months in advance if you can but obviously this is often not possible for people. There is a type of NC500 accommodation to suit all traveller tastes and budgets. The Tower Room is great for families. All guest rooms require stairs to access and the guest bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Like the WiFi connection, expect your cell phone coverage to be spotty in the more remote areas. Inver Lodge is a 21-room hotel perched atop of a hill overlooking the charming little town of Lochinver and its loch. Location: It is located about 22 miles west of Thurso (about a 35 minute drive). The North Coast 500 (The NC500) is an official route created by the North Highland Initiative to “bring together the best of the north Highlands of Scotland in one iconic tour”. Tips: You’ll likely want to pick up any major groceries and other self-catering necessities before getting to John O’Groats as you’ll find little here except for a couple of gift shops, an ice cream shop, small farm shop, and a cafe. The staff at MacKays can tell you about your options on that particular evening. : Pet are allowed at no extra charge at last check. Hi Lolo, Yes, lots of great lodging options for those driving the North Coast 500! The Dornoch Castle Hotel photo really made me wish I had stayed there when I was touring several years ago. You have chosen a great selection there, I am not sure which one I’d choose first. I … Tips: Book well in advance, especially in the summer months. The MacKays also run the next door hostel, The Bunkhouse, and a few luxury self-catering cottages. In the evening, we had dinner at the hotel restaurant. However, many of its guest rooms can be reached step-free via a lift. The restaurant highlights local and foraged ingredients and accepts booking for non-guests. Check Inver Lodge prices here to find the best rates for your dates. Apartments, Private Rooms, & Self-Catering Cottages along the North Coast 500, book your campervan for the UK through them here, guide to best North Coast 500 photography spots, Together Travel (formerly Natural Retreats), Gifts for Travelers – Travel Gifts Made in the USA. Boath House is a convenient location for visiting Fort George, Cawdor Castle, and the championship golf courses in nearby Nairn and Castle Stuart. There is also a shed where guests can store bikes or other outdoor gear. The beds at the Pool Hotel look incredibly unique and amazing! : The B&B does not offer any fully accessible rooms and 2 steps are required to access the main entrance to the house. You can book your campervan for the UK through them here. Wheelchair Accessible Rooms? It is recommended that guests call the hotel to discuss room and access requirements. Even if you do not stay here, you may want to stop in for a drink or meal as it is often the liveliest place in little Tongue! Which of these North Coast hotels would be on your accommodation wish list? We’ll be posting a NC500 planning guide and itinerary soon! Tips:  Note that the B&B does not accept guests under 15 years of age. Check Coul House Hotel prices online to find the best rates. For example, many hotels on sites like Booking and offer free cancellation if you cancel a day or more in advance. Also send me the latest blog posts by e-mail, Independent Travel Cats Monthly Newsletter, Logos, images, and content all protected by copyright. Some are reminiscent of a castle whereas others have a modern decor, and all include all the essentials for a comfortable stay. Bazpackers Hostel – quirky backpacker’s hostel in Inverness. Old crofts and farmhouses. All of these and more are possible, but it can be time-consuming to search and choose from the hundreds of properties along the route. There are loads of great places throughout the route – we couldn’t include them all in our list! If you don’t find the hotel or B&B you are looking for in this article and are searching for a wheelchair accessible hotel, hostel, or B&B in a certain area along the route, feel free to leave us a comment in the Comments section at the end of the post and we will try to help. Location: A 5 minute drive from Dornoch and the world-class Dornoch Championship Golf Course. An interesting feature of the B&B is little listening nooks with turntables where you can listen to your favorites from the large vinyl selection. If you don't see the confirmation e-mail, please check your spam folder. Join us on a road cycling tour through some Scotland's most dramatic scenery, as we ride the best sections of The North Coast 500. In fact, I think over 50% of our recommended hotels and B&Bs do accept well-behaved pets. If you are staying in Inverness, you are unlikely to need to stop on this short stretch. : The B&B does not have any fully accessible rooms, but it does have one partially accessible room that can work for wheelchair users. Welcome to “Oakvilla Guest House”, your home in the Highlands. If are interested in fishing during your stay and don’t already have permission or a permit arranged, contact the hotel in advance to see what is possible nearby during your stay. It is located just outside Inverness, and has a wooded riverside location along the Beauly Firth. beautiful gardens, shaded places to sit under the trees, fairy trails designed with families in mind, and a golf practice area on the lawn. For those looking for a quiet night in, consider having dinner here at the bistro. The North Coast 500’s Best Beaches; The Main Towns You’ll Pass Through; The Traditional North Coast 500 Route. Forss House, Thurso – stunning luxury property outside of ThursoBraeside Retreats – glamping pods near Thurso Dunnet B&B Escapes – modern cabin style B&B near Dunnet Head and John O’GroatsStrathy Inn – basic Inn accomodation in Caithness with good mealsFarr Bay Inn – close to the gorgeous Farr BayWooden Wagon, Oldshoremore – go glamping in a cute wooden wagonSkipaflotta – a lovely luxury self-catering propertyNatural Retreats – quirky accommodation at John O’Groats. We can highly recommend if looking for a nice B&B in Lochinver. Click here to see our current giveaway and enter! Yes, but it may make for a more stressful trip if you are having to hunt for a place to stay each night. Location: Located in tiny Kylesku, and about 10 miles from Scourie and 18 miles from Lochinver. Historic Georgian and Victorian mansions. When driving the North Coast 500, you can choose to skip the roads that goes off to both Lochinver and Achiltibuie if you are short on time, but we’d definitely recommend heading out that way if you can as it is a beautiful area. and its spectacular location on the loch, the Torridon Hotel makes for a destination which invites you to check in, and not check back out. Price: Room rates typically range from £110 – £160 per night for double occupancy. These are four websites that generally have the most holiday home listings along the North Coast 500 route. Almost all are able to provide a vegetarian breakfast as well. : The hotel has one fully accessible room with a wet room shower. This hotel caters mainly to golfers, anglers, and hunters, but if you are looking for a 5-star stay or fine dining experience in Dornoch during your NC500 road trip Links House is your place! The Chinese marriage bed is pretty cool Jessica. : Pets are not allowed at last check. Hi Rhonda, The Dornoch Castle Hotel is a great good value option for a castle along the NC500, and the hotel has a lively and relaxed atmosphere. : The hotel has one wheelchair accessible room with a roll-in shower that is suitable for most wheelchairs. Plotted with the route planner. Pinning this for future reference. Many hotels and some B&B’s offer a dinner option as well given the lack of nighttime dining options in many of the small towns. There are multiple ways to stay when exploring the fabulous circular Route 500 in the Scottish Highlands. There’s WiFi throughout the property, free parking on site, and it’s a short walk down into Cromarty where you’ll find a variety of pubs and eateries. ), usually costing in the region of £60 -£120 per night for two people sharing. Lots of lovely lochs, views, and beaches along this stretch. Pairing the drive with a castle stay sound like a great plan…we just need to get a trip together. The hotel has a small lounge as well as a whisky bar. : There are no fully accessible rooms and all rooms require steps to access (a minimum of 6 steps). You can see the lovely design details by Lorimer in the, North Coast 500 Hotels: Wick to John O’ Groats, North Coast 500 Hotels: Thurso to Durness. Wheelchair Accessible Rooms? Of course, as you are probably aware, all the hotels, attractions, and non-essential businesses are all currently closed due to COVID-19 with no set date for re-opening.

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