Below is an example of a tour to give you a feel for what you can experience on a self drive tour. This isn’t all we have to offer. We go the extra mile to ensure our guests have the best possible experience, so please get in touch to chat about what you want to see.  This can also be on a driver/guided tour too.

Day One FROM Inverness (we can accommodate your needs reaching and staying in Inverness).  Head west through Beauly, Muir of Ord, Contin & Strathpeffer, after a drive of just under two hours, you will find yourself at the Bealach na Bà (Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle). This drive has tight hairpin bends and gradients that approach 20%. The historic pass through the mountains from Applecross boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,054 ft), and is the third highest road in Scotland.  Take care but enjoy.  For lunch, why not stop at the Applecross Inn? Continue along this stunning route and enjoy the amazing views over to Skye and the Hebrides. You will stay for the night on the edge of Loch Torridon, full luxury or the Torridon Inn.

Dunbeath Bay on the 500 Scottish route

Day Two Back on the road again to the village of Gairloch. For lunch the Aultbea Hotel, on a nice day you can enjoy views over Loch Ewe. Fancy some time on the beach at Mellon Udrigle? a stunning white stand beach offering outstanding views of Assynt and Coigach, and the Summer Isles out to sea.  If the weather is too wet for beach time, head on up the road to Ullapool, where it may be a good idea to refuel your car now! With views of Loch Broom and the surrounding mountains, overnight here,  why not stroll to The Arch Inn, offers dining and features live music.

Invergordon oil and gas rigs in the Firth

Day Three Take a visit to Knockan Crag, see the Moine Thrust, where much older and darker Moine schists have been pushed over the younger lighter Durness limestone so the older rocks are on top of the younger ones.  On the road again to the ruins of Ardvreck Castle, on the banks of Loch Assynt. Lochinver for lunch, at the renowned Lochinver Larder. Their pies are well known for their delicious flavour and filling nature, this afternoon exploring this most remote coast, or attempt the 4 mile hike to Sandwood Bay – the most remote beach in the UK! Be careful on the single track roads, and make sure to let people overtake if they are less in awe of the spectacular scenery than you.  Durness is your overnight stop.

the stunning Loch Broom in the Scottish highlands on the 500 route

Day Four Time for a trip along the top of the world! Before you leave Durness – don’t forget to take the morning boat tour at Smoo Caves! Smoo Caves is Britain’s largest sea cave and will not disappoint!  The drive east is nothing short of spectacular, past the Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill, the stunning Farr Beach. Continue east along the coast, passing Dounreay Nuclear facility, and fuel up in Thurso before heading past Dunnet Bay to the Castle and Gardens of Mey.  The former holiday home of the late Queen Mother is the most northerly castle on the British mainland. Keep east passing to John O’Groats, known as the ‘tip of Britain’. Another 21 miles takes you to your hotel for the evening in Wick.

Gairloch water and sand on Scotlands 500 road route

Day Five Heading south twisting across Caithness, the Berriedale Braes where the road drops at a gradient of 13% over 1.3km, before turning on a hairpin and rising equally steeply.  Dunrobin Castle just before Golspie is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and latterly, the Dukes of Sutherland. The twice daily falconry displays and wonderful gardens are great fun.  Continue through Easter Ross, and explore some of the smaller villages here, each with their own unique history.  After this, the road to Inverness, where you started, we can arrange a longer stay/tour or include Edinburgh in your itinerary.

Scottish coastal seaweedkelp by Ian Horne who lives along the route