This iconic motorcycle route in Scotland has over 500 miles of prime motorcycling. It showcases the very best that the North Highlands has to offer; from lochs to glens to white sandy beaches and majestic castles – it’s all here. And, when you can bear to release the throttle, relax, stop for a rest and enjoy world-famous Caledonian hospitality. If you’re looking for a motorcycle experience in Scotland, the North Coast 500 is the ultimate.
Motorcycle to and from the Capital of the Highlands
The instant-classic motorcycle route in Scotland starts and finishes in the city of Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Most people choose a clockwise direction so that they’re riding next to the coast. However, this means you start the route with the challenging Bealach na Ba pass. If you wish to begin more gently, travel anti-clockwise.
Relax and enjoy what this Scottish motorcycle route has to offer
We strongly recommend leaving enough time for this route. It’s a long journey and there are no benefits to going too fast or riding tired. The correct pacing also gives you the opportunity to fully explore what the route has to offer: detour to a secluded beach; ride out to a castle; stop for a gourmet meal or try out white water rafting. There’s so much to experience on this motorcycle route!
Get a taste of that motorcycle ride
There’s nothing quite like the open road, but if you want to sample the route before leaving home, then you’re in luck. We’ve put together a short film showcasing just one section along the North Coast 500, giving you a true sense of why it’s considered one of Scotland’s best motorcycle routes.
Enjoy the motorcycle and stay safe
Remember, to stay extra safe if you’re getting back on your motorcycle after a period off during lockdown. Roads are getting busier, and layouts might also have changed. Refresh your skills with our expert bikers here.
And, of course, check your plans because, due to COVID-19, some facilities might not be open.
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