This version takes you from Wirksworth. Perhaps even pick up some supplies for s’mores and set up a campfire! One of the most invaluable bits of kit is midge protection… Midges can be unbearable if you are unprepared. Inverness-Torridon via Achnasheen, the Bealach and Applecross – 109m, 8600ft. The newly established route winds its way around the most northerly area of Scotland. LOL – I was just about to post a link to your blog . This did cut down the total mileage which may not appeal to the hard core, but was a welcome break for us as we were on the limit at the end of most days… As we were trying to keep costs down, we camped every night. I’m getting ahead of myself – that’s day 5, a cold wet Thurso day, on my journey cycling the north coast 500. This was part of a recent mini tour and have to agree it was wonderful. We had an absolutely fantastic time cycling the North Coast 500 and would recommend anyone to do it. Therefore, we'd personally recommend seven to ten days to drive the North Coast 500 days as perfect for most of you. See this route and plan your own adventure with komoot! Early start from Inverness should see you fine. Ensure your tents are waterproof (not a £10 Sports Direct job) and can handle wind. Thanks chaps. If you’re arranging motorhome hire in Scotland for the trip, they can probably supply these, but always check first. All of the Airbnb apartments in this self-contained apartments guide have private parking so you don’t have to pay extra during your road trip.. North Coast 500 Hotels This slightly alternative North Coast 500 was made in collaboration with the people behind the official driving route, to make an official NC500 Cycle Route. I should also add that while the East Coast section has its merits, returning via Alltnaharra is by far the better option. The minimum number of days we’d recommend to drive the North Coast 500 is 5 days, but 7 to 10 days would be ideal. Being able to store our camping kit/food/clothes in the car whilst we cycled was invaluable. Thanks folks, much appreciated. I’ve noticed a real increase in the number touring / fast touring cyclists already this year (NW Highlands). The topic ‘North Coast 500 – anyone done it?’ is closed to new replies. This route has been recently branded the “, In August 2016 four of us tackled the NC500 as a rehearsal for our, My attitude whenever going outdoors in Scotland, is to pack for wind, rain and cold – any weather better than this is a bonus. Goes without saying ensure your bike is properly serviced, and at least someone in your groups knows basic bike maintenance. By avoiding the formal campsites for a few nights you’ll be able to find some beautiful remote spots off the beaten track that you wouldn’t otherwise find. This supported NC500 cycle will take you past the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer! Classifieds Rules Golspie to inverness – 60 miles ok butthe wind – the A9 gets busy. This route has become such a magnet for car clubs and boy racers that I wouldn’t like to bike it now. 5 of us did it clockwise last year. The highest sunshine months are May – July, and from my own personal experience the lowest midge months are probably May and September. I did a section of it in mid-September, had a route from Ullapool > Drumrunie > Inverkirkcraig > Lochinver and then picked up the NC500 where it goes round to Clashnessie and Drumbeg. We started our day with a selfie in front of Inverness Castle, the official start and end point for the North Coast 500. I’ve got a nice route from Thurso to JOG as well that avoids all the main road but still gives you amazing views over the coast. For most folk it’s beyond a weeks cycling so many want to chop it into two bit or just do the most scenic “central” bit north of Kyle to Tongue. Of course, you’re then not really doing the NC500(a bit like those folk doing the WHW but skipping out the bit north of Rowardennan). Definitely. Twenty-seven years later, the North Highland Initiative created a 500-mile route around Scotland’s most northerly coastal roads. NC500: Ride Scotland’s North Coast 500 | Downloadable .gpx sat-nav maps 4th October 2016 Adventure Bikes , Maps In Motorcycle Sport & Leisure’s November issue (674), around-the-world adventurer Nathan Millward takes a Honda CB500X around the stunning new NC500 – the 500 mile route around Scotland’s north coast. Please adjust accordingly to your capabilities as this itinerary is aimed at the serious cyclist. Ride the best sections of the spectacular NC 500 touring route. If you plan to speed around, you could do it with 3 full days and night, but we’d recommend more time. If you can afford it, there are plenty guest houses on the route but ensure you book in advance. Ensure your tents are waterproof (not a £10 Sports Direct job) and can handle wind. 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”. The route is also known as the NC500 and was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland in one touring route.. the last two days were into a head wind all day – all day!!! Only had one camper van on the Bealach Na Ba and that was around 1030 in the morning on a sunny day. Find out more about the North Coast 500 at www.NorthCoast500.com For those with chunky wheels, there are good forest roads north of the river and you can re-join the A road near Garve (OS map required or the local mountian biking map). In summary, probably the best time to do the route would be April – July ish. We are thinking of doing it again this year but over 7 days. Would that avoid peak midge time on the west coast? Welcome to the Scottish Highlands! Bikepacking Scotland's North Coast 500 In Three Days | Si's Ultra Endurance Challenge Published on April 28th 2019. Arguably, Loch Maree and Tongue are better anti-, but not enough to swing it. [/quote The road back from Shieldaig to the bottom of the Bealach was very good too(and a nice café). If the Cromarty-Nigg ferry is running then that’s a good option too (just don’t ask what the locals are called). The goal is to go from the south of England to the north of Scotland. Trying to ride it in five days is going to be tough, and you’ll miss out on off-bike time to enjoy places along the route. North Coast 500 itinerary day 2: Inverness to Torridon. 98% of the route is off-road. Hugely impressive feat, fair play to them! Hopefully this has been of some use to you. The Victorian Spa town of Strathpeffer sits in the glorious Highland landscape surrounded by sweeping valleys, rushing waterfalls and sky-high mountains. Ta. The roads are almost totally traffic free but roll very slowly due to the surface. He’s shared a video of his trip at: https://vimeo.com/171766940. Bringing together just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery, the route follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands. Applecross - Inverness North Coast 500 Length 500 miles / 805 km Location Inverness – Inverness. In many ways, the route as it stands does end in an anti-climax. Bikepacking Scotland\'s North Coast 500 In Three Days | Si\'s Ultra Endurance Challenge Travel our North Coast 500 cycling holiday to experience a satisfying active journey – swap four wheels for two. CycleFans bicycling social marketplace. North Coast 500. The North Coast 500 route is Scotland’s answer to Route 66. Komoot user Global Cycling Network recorded a road ride: North Coast 500 - Scotland Bikepacking Adventure with Mark Beaumont. Travel our North Coast 500 cycling holiday to experience a satisfying active journey – swap four wheels for two! If you have any questions please get in touch. In 2019, this new 800-mile mainly off-road and carfree cycle route between England and the north coast of Scotland was created. If you are looking for stunning landscapes, fascinating history, endless horizons, ancient castles, golden beaches and crystal-clear water, all wrapped up in a 500-mile road trip, then the NC500 is for you. So I’m further enthused! 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. Hh asked me if I fancied doing this with him next year. Contact Us One tip for Ullapool – all the chip shops close at 9pm so make sure you get in early to avoid disappointment, this was particularly crushing after we found this out after an 117 miles day and couldn’t get the famous Ullapool fish supper! FWIW we’ve had quite a few customers on the NC500 this year and none have reported any issues with traffic. Or I’d do it away from predictably busy times. Posted in: Touring. Ullapool to Durness – 70 miles ( i cut the loop out round the coast 27 miles) North Coast 500 Route Map. Make sure you have lights though. We were treated to a week of stunning sunshine and so thankfully brought the sunscreen, but it still gets cold at night so ensure you pack warm clothes even when the forecast is good. In fact, feedback this year is that drivers thoughout the Highlands and Islands are almost universally courteous and patient. It was very nice, both places run by nice folks too. Lochinver to Ullapool. Experience the unique scenery of the west coast from rugged coastlines, white sandy beaches to dramatic mountain peaks. We’re very lucky in Scotland to have such liberal access laws so make the most of it. In my view this is a great way to do it as the last thing you want to be doing is having to churn out 100 mile+ days when you are exhausted from 4 days on the bike already. Goes without saying ensure your bike is properly serviced, and at least someone in your groups knows basic bike maintenance. We’re getting quite a few enquiries at work about it. Met a mate in Edinburgh last week. Full Official North Coast 500 Route - 503.7 mi, +30443 ft. Bike ride in Inverness, Scotland Also practice drafting, as working together can considerably improve your efficiency on the bike. Took 5 and a half days – on a salsa fargo with panniers -should have travelled much lighter. In fact, feedback this year is that drivers thoughout the Highlands and Islands are almost universally courteous and patient. South of Brora, look at the map for detours to avoid the A9 if you want, but certainly use the minor road between Alness and Dingwall (and the cycle tack for chunkier bikes between Alness and Evanton) then train or the network of minor roads back to Inverness. Also known as the C2C and Coast to Coast Cycle route. The North Coast 500 Only three years since its inception, the North Coast 500 has already become one of the worlds iconic road touring routes. Lee Craigie and half a dozen mates are doing it in a relay fashion this weekend, hoping to get round faster than Mark Beaumont did. Day 5. It’s stunning though, I’ll be back fat biking around Assent with a fishing rod attached to my pack next year. © 2017 by Katie Halliday & Euan Paterson. One of the most invaluable bits of kit is midge protection…, Our strategy was to break the back of the trip towards the start, thus giving us leeway in the latter stages. We are hopefully having a back up van (one of the lads missus) so will be travelling light and meeting up each lunchtime get full bottles, waterproofs etc. 128K likes. This was the brain child of Laura Moss, Syndicate director, round-the-world cyclist and all-round good influence. In our group we are at a broadly similar level of cycling ability, I would describe us as good “weekend” cyclists. The North Coast 500 website promises “fairy-tale castles, beaches, and ruins,” and deliver it does. 3 long, tough days stopping in Ullapool & Thurso overnight. 14 OTE gels … I’d much rather take that than the A835/A837 to Inchnadamph. FWIW we’ve had quite a few customers on the NC500 this year and none have reported any issues with traffic. Tongue-Helmsdale via Thurso and John o’Groats, 114m, 7000ft Login/cookie issues? Link Removal This resulted in the first three days being very long, in some extremely hilly terrain. A full breakdown of our route and camping spots can be found here. Always one for a challenge, but unwilling to walk 500 miles, I set about trying to cycle the route non-stop, laying down a time-to-beat on Scotland’s Other benefits of the car include having support if there is an accident/mechanical issue, having someone free to do a food/drinks run whilst the rest are cycling, and have someone free to scout a good camp/lunch spot so reducing the pressure on the cyclists. Premier Club I carried (and sent on for day 2) 1. A couple of pages from a road atlas will suffice to find your way beyond the minor network. It is legal to, A full breakdown of our route and camping spots can be found, This has been a dummy run ahead of our world cycle so if you would like to hear more you can sign up to our blog, and/or check out our website, ranked as the UK’s hardest climb on a bike. There are some sections I would avoid as they are really not good for cycling (but then I am not used to urban cycling and traffic). The Bealach na Ba over to Applecross and around the coast to Sheildaig is fabulous (my favourite ride). Good to see! If you are camping, don’t be afraid to go wild. Many of the roads are single track and are home to highland coos, sheep, geese and all manner of other travellers. It was a fantastic ride but very tough. Hi The goal is to go from the south of England to the north of Scotland. We opted to complete the ride in eight days (many people do less with the record of 31 hours set by James McCallum) but looking back, I wish we would have given ourselves nine or even 10 days. North Coast 500 Apartments. Similarly there’s a route from The Mound, past Loch Buidhe to Bonar Bridge then climbing over the Struie to Alness that is much preferable to NCN7 from Tain (and don’t even think about the A9). This version takes you from Wirksworth. We’d suggest reading this in parallel with our other North Coast 500 content, which includes our guide to planning a North Coast 500 road trip, our seven day NC500 camping itinerary (you can switch out campsites for B&Bs! Yep found it quite tough- did it the last week of September. INverness to applecross -82 miles – easy first 70 miles then the pass. The North Coast 500 (NC500) was created in 2014 by the North Highland Initiative to highlight some of Scotland’s magnificence to the world. The North Scotland 500 is a cycle friendly route that closely follows Scotland's famous North Coast 500, starting from Inverness. If you’re doing the opposite, and cruising dow… The North Coast 500 Only three years since its inception, the North Coast 500 has already become one of the worlds iconic road touring routes. day 4 Tongue to helmsdale Today you’ll drive through the rest of the North West Highlands Geopark so it … Day 3. ullapool to tongue The brilliant route around Scotland's north coast by touring bike over 10 days in July 2019. ]. This detailed day-by-day 1 week North Coast 500 road trip itinerary covers all the basic details (mileage, general route) and sightseeing highlights along the approximately 500 mile route. Jimmy Mac did it in June, smashing the record, and raising a bunch of cash for charity. Returning from a Torridon mountain bike trip we stopped in at the Whistlestop, outside was a guy doing a bit of credit card touring which hatched the idea for the mini tour. Anyway, any feedback and tips appreciated. I think he’s mad, I’ve never been into road biking. 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