Hotels on the North Coast 500

One of the most spectacular walking routes in the UK, the North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, beloved by those with an appetite for adventure. Described as the ultimate road trip, the route can be enjoyed in leisurely stretches or in vast swathes, making it a wonderful way for so many to explore the circular loop, which begins and ends at Inverness Castle.
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Hotels on the North Coast 500

Hotels on the North Coast 500

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Forss House

Forss House - Hogmanay Celebration Special Offer

Thurso

Under the big skies of Caithness, wrapped in woodland and a curve of the River Forss, this Georgian mansion offers the grandeur of Scottish country house living but with modern-day warmth and comforts.
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  • child_friendly
  • walking
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  • fishing
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  • vegetarian_friendly
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  • romantic
  • for_winelovers
  • golf
  • cycling
  • foodie
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Shieldaig Lodge

Shieldaig Lodge - Hogmanay Special Offer

Gairloch

Whale-watching, spectacular sunsets and starry, starry nights are among the wonders at this Victorian former hunting lodge on a wooded estate lapped by Loch Gairloch.
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  • child_friendly
  • walking
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  • fishing
  • wifi
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  • vegetarian_friendly
  • for_winelovers
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  • seaside
  • golf
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  • wildlife_watching
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • boutique
  • babyfriendly
  • foodie
  • historic
  • dog_friendly
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Coul House

Coul House

Strathpeffer

Readers on their third visit to this ‘stunning Georgian building with wonderful grounds’, concluded that everything 'continues to be excellent'.
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  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
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  • cycling
  • veganfriendly
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Kylesku Hotel

Kylesku Hotel

Kylesku

In the vast, remote, elemental landscape of Assynt, a 19th-century coaching inn overlooking Loch Glendhu has moved with the times to become a relaxed modern hotel.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
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  • wifi
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  • vegetarian_friendly
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  • cycling
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Kilcamb Lodge

Kilcamb Lodge

Strontian

Wildlife spotters are in their element at this 18th-century lodge in ‘a beautiful setting’ on the shores of Loch Sunart.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
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  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • veganfriendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • country_house
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  • cycling
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The Torridon

The Torridon

TORRIDON

In a wooded estate on Loch Torridon, this baronial-style hunting lodge appeals to sybarites and sporty types, with luxurious bedrooms, tasting menus sourced from the kitchen garden and farm, and a brasserie.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • disabled
  • cycling
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
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  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • honeymoon
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • boutique
  • foodie
  • electric_charging_point
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • fishing
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Applecross Inn

Applecross Inn

Applecross

All of the seven attractive, simple bedrooms have a sea view at this Highland village inn overlooking the Inner Sound, and there is a popular bar, dining-room, and waterside terrace for alfresco dining.
  • babyfriendly
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  • dog_friendly
  • ecofriendly
  • garden
  • parking
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  • seaside
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • wifi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • cycling
  • veganfriendly
  • gym
  • wildlife_watching
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Eddrachilles Hotel

Eddrachilles Hotel

Scourie

Amid the awe-inspiring landscape of the North West Highlands Geopark, in gardens bordering Badcall Bay, Fiona and Richard Trevor’s small hotel receives readers' acclaim.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • historic
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  • wildlife_watching
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  • boutique
  • seaside
  • electric_charging_point
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Bunchrew House

Bunchrew House

Inverness

There are glorious views from this traditional country house hotel with formal dining room, set in gardens and woodland on the shore of the Beauly Firth.
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  • bird_watching
  • child_friendly
  • cycling
  • electric_charging_point
  • fishing
  • garden
  • golf
  • horse_riding
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • wildlife_watching
  • conferencemeeting_friendly
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  • wheelchair_accessible
  • foodie
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The Loch Ness Inn

The Loch Ness Inn

Drumnadrochit

Hikers and cyclists stop for the simple comforts of this friendly 160-year-old coaching inn, a ‘busy and bustling’ local gathering place in a village on the Great Glen Way.
  • wifi
  • walking
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  • vegetarian_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • pub_with_rooms
  • veganfriendly
  • cycling
  • good_value
  • dog_friendly
  • parking
  • disabled_facilities
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • babyfriendly
  • great_breakfast
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Glengarry Castle Hotel

Glengarry Castle Hotel

Invergarry

Turn off the A82 onto a wooded drive, and you will pass the emotive ruins of Invergarry Castle in the grounds of this Scottish baronial mansion overlooking Loch Oich.
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  • cycling
  • wildlife_watching
  • walking
  • tennis
  • garden
  • historic
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Links House

Links House

At once grand and intimate, this sumptuously refurbished Victorian manse overlooking the green at the Royal Dornoch has a relaxed, country-house ambience, fine bedrooms, annexe suites and award-winning cooking.
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  • cycling
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  • conferencemeeting_friendly
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  • outdoor_dining
  • outdoor_pursuits_hunting
  • parking
  • wifi
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • veganfriendly
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • babyfriendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wheelchair_accessible
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The Dipping Lugger

The Dipping Lugger

Robert and Helen Hicks’ restaurant with rooms, crafted from an 18th-century manse on the waterfront, is full of charming suprises.
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  • gourmet
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wifi
  • for_winelovers
  • romantic

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Also known as the NC500, it's a chance to see more of the North Highlands and it's natural scenery, from sandy beaches and rugged mountains to remote fishing villages, between Black Isle, Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross. Amongst the highlights you might spot dolphins and seals along the shire, or head to one of Easter Ross's three whisky distilleries!

It's estimated to take between five and seven days to drive the entire North Coast 500 loop, whilst also making time to enjoy the local scenery, culture, food, and activities. Along the way, there are some fantastic hotels, inns, B&Bs and restaurants-with-rooms to stay in, choosing from romantic retreats to family friendly hotels to truly make the most of this unique road trip.

Last updated: May 21, 2024