where we stayed along the NC500

There is an excellent range of accommodation options across the North Coast 500. From luxury castles, picturesque campsites and budget-friendly hostels to cosy, welcoming B&Bs and eco-retreats, there is something for everyone. 

To give you some ideas, here's an overview of the all the accommodation we stayed at on the route. And, remember, if you're driving the North Coast 500 in high season, then you definitely need to book ahead!


An Grianan, Inverness

This delightful B&B, located in a quiet residential street of Inverness, is a fantastic place to use as a base for exploring the city and the surrounding area. 

An Grianan, Inverness, Scotland

Run by a friendly local couple who are only too happy to give your tips and suggestions for visiting the Highlands, the impeccably well-designed rooms are decadently comfortable and full of home comforts. If you're lucky, there may also be home-made cakes to return to after a day of sight-seeing!

Rooms available from £95 GBP for two people including breakfast. Click here to make a reservation.


Hartfield House Hostel, Applecross

In what was once a hunting lodge, Hartfield House now offers comfortable rooms to families, couple and groups of friends, with options for private and dormitory style facilities.

Hartfield House Hostel, Applecross, Scotland

With a great guest kitchen, and set in beautiful grounds, this white house among the trees is a great place for people of all budgets.

Beds available from £20 GBP per person. Click here to check availability and make a reservation.


Ruddyglow Park, Loch Assynt

With stunning views over Loch Assynt and the slopes of Quinag, Ruddyglow is in quite a remarkable setting. Owner Patricia, whose family have lived in the area for decades, is full of useful information on the area and the intimate B&B has touches of luxury, history and attention-to-detail throughout - you'll sleep like a baby here after a long day's driving! 

Ruddyglow Park, Loch Assynt, NC500, Scotland

Rooms available from £150 GBP for two people including breakfast. Click here to check availability and make a reservation.


Rhian Cottage B&B, Tongue

Bed and breakfasts on the North Coast 500 are certainly based in some wonderful settings! Down a small track outside the pretty village of Tongue, Rhian Cottage has excellent views of the surrounding hills, as well as boasting its own lovely grounds.

Rhiann Cottage B&B, Tongue, Scotland

With friendly owners, excellent breakfast options and a cavalcade of friendly animals on site, it's a great option for some peace and quiet.

**Update May 2017 - unfortunately, Rhian Cottage has now closed as the owners have retired. However, you can find more accommodation options for Tongue and the surrounding area here.


Natural Retreats, John O'Groats

Built in mainland UK's most northerly settlement, Natural Retreats have luxury sussed. Choose to stay in a glass-walled lodge with all the amenities of a luxury apartment (and a welcome basket packed with delicious local goodies) or in one of the fabulous double rooms with views to die for.

Natural Retreats, John O'Groats, Scotland

With high-quality furnishings and interiors designed with space and comfort in mind, it will be difficult spending just one night here! They also have a wonderful little cafe and shop on site at the 'Storehouse'.

Double rooms available from £160, three-bed apartments from £299 for six people. Click here to check availability and up to date prices. 


Dornoch Castle Hotel

Situated in perhaps the prettiest village on the NC500, this 15th century castle is also home to the most impressive collection of Scottish malts that we've ever seen - in fact, it's known as one of the world's foremost whisky hotels. It also has an incredible breakfast offering for guests!

Dornoch Castle, Scotland

Rooms available from £129 GBP for two people. Click here to make a reservation.


Kincraig Castle

It may only be 30 minutes away, but once you check-in, you'll feel a million miles from Inverness. This delightful castle, a former seat of the MacKenzie clan, is the very epitome of the 'Scottish Castle Experience'. Large regal rooms with traditional finishes, a huge four-poster bed and breath-taking views over the Highlands.

Kincraig Castle, Scotland

The staff here will stop at nothing to ensure a fantastic stay and the on-site fine dining restaurant and whisky bar allow you to experience the best of the area's cuisine and finest single malts without having to leave the castle walls. 

Rooms available from £180 GBP for two people. Click here to make a reservation and live out your Scottish fairytale! 

Looking for something a little different, more suited to your budget or accommodation on a different part of the route? Then don't despair, click here to check prices and availability on all North Coast 500 accommodation. And remember, booking ahead is essential - we knew this place wouldn't stay secret for long!

Additionally, as a wee gift from us to you, you can also get £25 off your first Airbnb booking (there are a bunch along the route) by signing up here.

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