Check availability and prices here. Check prices and availability here. The Old Croft House | Cheap at just £60 a night, this 150 years old three-bedroom crofthouse is amazingly good value! Both the Burnside Shepherd Hut and the North Coast 500 Pods offer similar compact options in Brora, but the former is much fancier than the latter. With perfectly adequate - albeit a little worn around the edges - rooms plus a self-catering kitchen, it's also pet friendly. Puffin Cottage | One for the animal lovers, this quirky, quaint and super cute B&B is also home to a petting zoo - to which you get free, unlimited access during your stay! B&B The Green Cruachan | Located in Stoer, this special little guest house has a strong eco-focus and an exclusively vegetarian offering at breakfast - a truly unique USP in this part of the world! The Granny Flat @ St Mary's | A much more traditional option in comparison, but this places is a fantastic value option in Tain. The Old Smiddy | Close to John O’Groats, this old blacksmith's cottage has been beautifully restored into a modern home, while keeping many of its original features. The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route along Scotland's northern coast, offering drivers rugged landscapes, sandy benches, wildlife, museums, castles, whisky distilleries, and so much more! Check availability and prices here. There are (thankfully) no large, generic hotel buildings along the route beyond Inverness. ADR | Braeside Retreats | Nestled into the hillside between the highland town of Thruso and the small historic village of Castletown, Braeside Retreats is a brand-new collection of bespoke luxury accommodation pods. Check prices and availability here. Borgie Lodge Hotel | Located halfway between Tongue and Bettyhill, in a delightfully rural setting, this family hotel has a variety of twin and double rooms starting at around £125 a night. Also close to the beautiful Coldbackie Beach. Accommodation on the North Coast 500: Scotland’s Route 66 If starting The North Coast 500 in Inverness travellers can find good value friendly accommodation in Inverness Student Hotel, on the south west corner of the route Kinlochewe Bunkhouse, Sanachan Bunkhouse and Gerrys Hostel all offer individual and great value self catering accommodation. Surprisingly large inside compared to other huts, it has spectacular uninterrupted views of the sea and offers a real chance to get away from it all. Great breakfast included too - check prices and availability here. Located in Clashnessie, it is largely off-grid relying on roof top solar panels for most of your power needs. You can book the double room or the twin room. There is no strict North Coast 500 route – where you stop, stay and play is entirely up to you but here is a flavour of the villages and activities we think make up the best North Coast 500 places to visit. Hobbit House, as we’ve christened it, is a truly unique accommodation option with a 'sleeping barrel' and separate kitchen/dining area/bathroom in a traditional 'bothy'. Check availability and prices here. It can really be quite confusing getting your head around the NC500 route at first, and knowing which areas / regions you should stay at definitely adds to this. Rooms available from £180 GBP for two people. The route has been planned to take in some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery following the coastal roads that encompass the northern most part of the country. If you're looking for another good budget B&B in the area, a room in this homely Airbnb is only £67 a night (be sure to check out its second listing too). This would be an absolute treat for the person you love. Located in a leafy residential street, it's within walking distance to the Royal Dornoch Golf Club and the beach. If you're on the route for two weeks, this won't pose any issues, but you might find a place you love doesn't actually work for your itinerary if you're doing the North Coast 500 over five or seven days. Island View Glamping Pod | A good sized glamping pod between Durness and Tongue with modern facilities and plenty of space (including a deck for those summer sunset beers!). You can also take a look at the ‘official’ North Coast 500 map (also linked at the bottom of the page). When planning your own North Coast 500 itinerary, choosing the right places and locations to stay at along the way is an essential part of the planning process. Check availability here. Do note that it only accepts week-long bookings. 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. Seaview Hotel | We don’t personally rate this hotel, but it’s a cheap and cheerful option if you want to stay in a hotel in John O’Groats but are on a bit of a budget. Accommodation is going to be your main cost of doing this road trip, and prices are quite high in pockets of the route, and increased during the peak summer season from June - August. The Royal Highland Hotel | A long-time favourite in the centre of Inverness, this large hotel has been recently updated but retains its grandeur of old. The Melvich Hotel | Dating back to the early 1800s, the Melvich now offers modern, super comfortable rooms - most with sea views - with plenty of thoughtful touches, helpful owners and a great on-site pizza restaurant! The Seacroft | A cute one bedroom, semi-detached, self catering cottage for two people in the peaceful crofting township of Melvaig. Within the estate, there are four other cottages for rent: Fern Cottage | Myrtle Cottage | Orchid Cottage | Heather Cottage. ), and so you have the flexibility to cater your accommodation plans to your route (or vice-versa!). Check availability here. Find out more here. There are multi-share and private rooms, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, drying room and cosy lounge heated by a coal-burning stove. From Badachro to Ullapool, it’s 62 miles. Our advice? Durness Smoo Youth Hostel | This offers a true hostelling experience in simple and relaxed accommodation, surrounded by wild and spectacular landscapes. With two bedrooms, the entire property is on one level, with a lovely patio and garden. The same family also have another tiny house, The Batbox. Check availability here. The Annex at Borlum House Farm | A lovingly restored 1700s farm house in the sleepy little village of Reay, this couples retreat is warm and cosy, with a log burner, king size bed, and an open plan living room with farmhouse style kitchen, all recently modernised to an exceptionally high standard. Shed No.7 | Located near Skerray, Shed No.7 is a newly built studio cabin with twin beds, en suite shower room, cooking facilities, a sitting area and a balcony - plus outstanding views across to Island Niamh. The large Granny Flat is self-contained and perfect of a couple on a budget - check availability here. Guest Suite | In the heart of John O’Groats, this self-contained guest suite attached to a family home has a double bed but with the sofa bed, is large enough to cater for a small family. Check availability here. You can book it on Hostelworld or booking.com. Perfect for a couple! Check prices and availability here. Lazybed Cabin | Another eco-friendly tiny house, this has all the Scandi-feels, and spectacular views over the loch. Check availability here. Cooked breakfast included in price. Check prices and availability here. Check availability here. 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). Situated next to local amenities, it's a 10 minute walk from Dunnet beach and a 5 minute drive from various popular surfing locations. All roads of the NC500 lead to Inverness. Everyone will be following a similar loop over four days to two weeks with several clearly defined accommodation 'hubs' along the way, and it's common for July slots fill up in January. If you need a three bedroom house in the area but the above is unavailable, be sure to check out this one. Tastefully decorated to a high standard throughout, the price includes a hearty Scottish breakfast. It is undoubtedly one of the most stunning accommodation options on the NC500. Check availability here. *Do note that Scourie Hotel and Eddrachilles Hotel will not be taking bookings for the remainder of the 2020 season. Buy yourself some outstanding fish from the smokehouse or standard food supplies from the village shop or go to one of the two restaurants, the Aultbea Hotel does a great Fish and chips. From Lochinver to Kylesku, it’s just 25 miles, but along lots of single track. Clean, comfortable rooms with lots of light. On average, a couple should expect to pay in the region of £80-100 per night across the route. If booking traditional accommodation is not your cup of … The only dilemma? Check prices and availability here. Check prices here. If you’re travelling in a group or you're in need of a party house for your big group of guests, take a look at our large cottages – we have everything from log cabins to castles. The cabin is well insulated and cosy so perfect for all year round stays. The design aesthetic won't be to everyone's tastes, but we absolutely adore it, and it has understandably been featured on TV shows and various publications. The Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel | A stylish 4-star hotel right by the river, this is a classy, modern twist on the traditional Highland aesthetic. North Coast 500 accommodation books up fast as the route rises in popularity so it’s best to book well in advance especially if you are traveling between May-October. Inchnadamph Lodge B&B and Hostel | Comfortable, clean and highly rated, Inchnadamph Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options including shared rooms, shepherd huts and self-catering cottages. You can search more places to stay along the NC500 here. All mod-cons and impeccably designed - check availability here. Stafford St Highland Retreat | This three-storey townhouse in Tain has been loving renovated by the hosts, and offers a great staycation retreat or stopover for families or groups. The bedroom is cosy and comfortable and the bathroom offers a semi off-grid experience with a compost toilet and pebble-floored shower, plus you have sole use of the 'chill-out' dome. There are however a dozen or so personal favourites; not just places that are luxury (though a a few are), but the ones that are so unique, stylish, excellent value or set in a stunning location, that they will make any person's North Coast 500 road trip experience that extra bit special. Check price and availability here. Whilst this is great news for the local economies in this otherwise fairly remote part of the UK, it has also meant that it can be tricky to find accommodation. The majority (and the best) of the accommodation is not in the small towns of Wick and Thurso - it's in the idyllic and wild rural areas which the NC500 brings you to. Check prices and availability here. It also has on-site restaurant. Taigh Katie | A bright newly refurbished double room in stylish house. Check availability here. ADR | The Shepherds Hut | This beautiful shepherds hut by Tongue is the perfect cosy bolthole in the Highlands. The Stroops | A small, self-contained flat with lovely seaviews, ideal for couples or families looking for a base for a few nights in Helmsdale - check prices and availability here. You can book via this listing or this listing. You can choose from doubles, twins, and family rooms, it's dog-friendly (£25 per stay, let them know when reserving) and has an on-site restaurant - check availability here. It has a large well equipped kitchen and sitting room with woodburner. Full-sized double bed, small bathroom and kitchen area. The four rooms are clean, modern and comfortable. We have included them in this post, but you can also find them all listed in our dedicated North Coast 500 Hostels article. There's nothing quite like the freedom of the long open road. If you’re still in full planning mode, then head over to 23 Things To Know Before Driving The North Coast 500! Each offer their own individual charm and all the high quality luxuries of a hotel, but with the freedom of self-catering holidays. Poolewe Hotel | Originally a coasching inn dating back to 1570, Poolewe Hotel is a traditional highland hotel and restaurant, on the shores of Loch Ewe in sight of Inverewe Gardens. Check prices and availability here. Es por lo que, a pesar de las ganas que tenemos de compartir contigo nuestro fascinante y único país, tenemos que pedirte que en estos momentos no viajes a nuestras comunidades rurales remotas. A basic breakfast is served to the room. An Grianan | 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 (it’s also we stayed before our NC500 trip!). The hostel provides modern, practical facilities including comfortably sized private rooms, a spacious self-catering kitchen, a drying room and two large lounges with panoramic views of the mountains. Sea Facing Holiday House | With four double bedrooms, this large house is ideal for groups and large families. Torridon Youth Hostel | Sitting at the head of Upper Loch Torridon in the shadow of the mighty mountain Liathach, this is a fantastic base for exploring some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe. Double glazed french doors look out on to a breathtaking view across The Minch to the Isles of Skye, Lewis and Harris. The Crofter's Snug 1 & 2 | Two luxury shepherd huts / glamping pods just outside of East Mey with stunning views out toward the Orkney Isles and Island of Stroma. Although there are hotels all over the North Coast 500 route, some modest and other grand, it is traditional for holidaymakers to stay in bed and breakfasts in Scotland. Kathy's B&B | Part of a modern family home, this is a self-contained bedroom and luxurious bathroom with an emphasis on eco-living. Check prices and availability here. Find out prices and availability here. Flagstone Cottages | Two lovingly combined traditional labourers' cottages, dating from the mid nineteenth century which has been fully (including the original Caithness flagstone flooring, the slate roof, the timber windows and a number of pieces of furniture) - but with a gentle nod to modern convenience and tasteful design. Check prices and availability here. Applecross Inn | The popular pub and restaurant has seven pleasant en-suite rooms, with a full Highlands breakfast included. 1 Greig Street Apartment | This city centre 1 bedroom flat has everything you'll need for a night or longer, is in an excellent location, plus has free parking. It can really be quite confusing getting your head around the NC500 route at first, and knowing which areas / regions you should stay at definitely adds to this. A truly beautiful property with stunning surroundings around 10 miles from Ullapool. The Eagle Hotel | The cheaper hotel option in Dornoch, it's still highly rated by previous guests. Og, and it also comes with resident Highland Cows! If you want some creature comforts after more rustic stays elsewhere in the northern stretch, it's a decent option. No matter what your budget is there is accommodation … Ardvreck House | Located around 1.5 miles from Ullapool, this guest house enjoys spectacular views of Loch Broom and the surrounding mountains from a secluded location on the hillside. We might as well mention here that you should not underestimate the Highland Mile, and a mile on the North Coast 500 is not the same as one on the M25 in terms of driving time and conditions. Take the opportunity to stay in these hotels, but to also branch out into a guesthouse or self-catering cottage along the way. There are less than a dozen hostels along the route, so your options are limited in certain regions if you want to stay in dorm beds all along the way. Looking for something a little different, more suited to your budget or accommodation on a different part of the route? Ullapool Youth Hostel | Run by knowledgeable staff who can provide you with information on all the local attractions, the Ullapool Youth Hostel is fantastic option for those on a bit of a budget. ADR | Glenmorangie House | A sumptuous country house hotel experience, it Glenmorangie House is connected with the famous distillery in the town of Tain. Situated on a hillside amidst ancient Caledonian pine forest, with spectacular views out over the mountains. Lots of places are dog-friendly, but quite a few are not. So, when you see 30 miles, don’t think that’s just a 45-minute drive (and you will one stopping off along the way too). Croit mo Sheanair B&B | On the outskirts of Gairloch village, artist Lynn offers up her spare room to visitors who prefer a more homely experience. Gairloch Highland Lodge | Built in the 1980s (and perhaps not redecorated since…), the Gairloch Highland Lodge is however an affordable, traditional accommodation ideal for large groups, hillwalkers and dog lovers. Book here. Price includes an excellent breakfast eaten in the room. Check availability and price here. You can also view available rooms and book here. If you prize exclusive design-led hotels, this is the one for you. In this blog we’re going to update you on our progress from inception to completion. A 5-star hotel, it offers fifteen uniquely Highlands styled bedrooms across three buildings, with antiques, artwork and fabrics aplenty. Breakfast is usually included but there is no access to kitchen facilities to cook your own meals. Also, only a short walk to several lovely beaches. Thistle Cottage | Tucked into the rugged Sutherland coastline, between the villages of Lochinver and Clachtoll, Thistle Cottage is a cosy semi-detached two bedroom property looking west over the Atlantic ocean, enabling you to enjoy glorious sunsets as you relax after a hard day's hiking in the hills or an afternoon spent frolicking on the nearby beaches. Click here to check availability and make a reservation. Staying in The Thistle Room is recommended. ADR | Smoo Lodge B&B | Situated by the sea and close to the famous Smoo Cave in Durness, the former sporting lodge dates from 1790 and is one of the most iconic period properties in Durness. For more advice to help you plan and prepare, have a read of 23 Things To Know Before Driving The North Coast 500 later. Decorated to a high standard, with quality furnishing and even a wood burning hot tub, from which you can enjoy the wonderful views to the sea and mountains beyond. 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. ADR | Split Rock Croft Cottage | If you love animals, you absolutely have to take a look at this self-contained cottage on a family farm - guaranteed Highland Cow interaction! They have five en-suite rooms and prices include breakfast. Check prices and availability here. The Shepherd Huts | Ardbeg House also offers three Shepherd Huts with everything a couple would need for a night or longer: Oldshore Shepherd Hut | Acacia Sheperd Hut | Kenandra Sheperd Hut. Dog friendly. Clachan Manse B&B | This is a lovely family-run B&B with the perfect views and hospitality for your first night in the Highlands. Eddrachilles Hotel | Built in the 18th century (originally as a church), Eddrachilles is a small owner-run near Scourie with gorgeous views over the island-studded Badcall Bay and beyond to Assynt. Check prices and availability here. Check prices and availability here. Check availability and prices here. Check prices and availability here. Check availability here. It's highly rated - check availability here. Check prices and availability here. Relaxed, comfortable and homely rooms with - again - an abundance of tartan. We would recommend everyone staying on this section route for at least two nights as there is much to do, lots of great accommodation options, several restaurants, and wonderful landscapes to savour. Selkie House (Helmsdale) | Set in a pretty little house by the sea, guests have a private ground floor double room and access to a shared kitchen. Gairloch Hotel | Built in 1878, this large sea front hotel has been given a modern update, with comfortable and cosy rooms throughout. As the name and location suggests, it’s perfect for anyone looking to play a round or two whilst on the North Coast 500 - check prices and availability here. Check availability here. ADR | HMS Owl | An absolutely remarkable property outside Tain. Located in Balnakeil Craft Village next to Durness, with its galleries, shops and the popular chocolate shop. Well, next week we will be to be pedantic. There’s also no right or wrong direction to drive it. Book it on Hostelworld or booking.com. Launched in 2014, North Coast 500 has quickly become the 'must do' road trip in Scotland. Each has a king size bed, ensuite kitchen and basic kitchen. A cooked breakfast included. Aiden House B&B | Located on the family croft near Durness and built in 2010, this wooden house sits on a hill with amazing sea & mountain views. No16 Shore St. | A lovingly restored seaside cottage, it sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms - check prices and availability here. You can book here on Hostelworld or on booking.com. North Coast 500 7-day Itinerary Arguably one of the best road trips in the world! Old School House B&B | A traditional house in the centre of Gairloch village, it’s got many period features but with a modern design in the bedrooms. Many places to stay on the NC500 only allow you to check-in from 4 p.m. onwards. The North Coast 500 Map has been created for those interpid adventurers undertaking the 500 mile round trip from Inverness, through the Black Isle all around the North Coast of Scotland, down the uniquley scenic West Coast of Sutherland and Wester Ross before finally returning cross-country to … Check prices and availability here. There are quite a few accommodation options within it, but we’ve also included several before and just after it so you can still have that remote nature setting rather than be in the town itself. The vast open landscape, also known as the flow country, is rich in archaeological remnants of a bygone age. In a secluded bay overlooking the sea, it’s peaceful and tranquil. We’ve marked these with an ADR next to their name! Pod at Shiskine | A comfortable 'pod' for couples or individuals in a stunning mountain and ocean environment. Thistledown B&B @ Opinan Beach | A slightly odd set up of large double beds in one room, this B&B is an annex off a family home with private bathrrom, breakfast room and entrance. The Bothy Bed and Breakfast | The Bothy is an exceptionally good value (just £35 per person, per night), simple but comfortable B&B located in Tongue. The North Coast 500 (NC500) was created in 2014 by the North Highland Initiative to highlight some of Scotland's magnificence to the world. ADR | The Torridon Resort | This 5 star hotel resort includes The Torridon Hotel, The Torridon Inn, a self-catering boathouse and award-winning activities centre. Cosy Apartment is a self-contained apartment within the main family house, and includes a private deck with hot tub. Absolutely stunning! Brenna and I spent 5 full days travelling along the North Coast 500. You can book a one-bed cabin here, or go for a three-bed seaview cabin, which sleeps six people. In addition to the two in-house guest rooms, they also offer two garden suites with kitchenette for those looking for more privacy. This spectacular coastline is a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday retreat. Completely self-contained, it is furnished in a light, modern-ish and comfortable style. As you'll have your own car, take the opportunity to spend a night somewhere special in the middle of nowhere with sea views, the hills on your doorstep, or beach access out the front door - it's such a big part of the experience here. If you drive 30 miles on from Torridon, you’ll find another wonderful collection of small remote coastal villages offering a wonderful base from which to explore this section of the NC500. The Elfie Logpod | This tiny house (very similar to the above glamping pods) has a few more eco credentials and an equally incredible view. Mackay's | An outstandingly beautiful accommodation option in Durness, the destination includes a 150-year-old former hotel, now a boutique B&B, a bright, modern cottage, a romantic cabin, a recently renovated bunkhouse and their newest additions: two 5-star eco-friendly croft buildings on the stunning shoreline of Loch Eriboll. Ceomara Cottages | With two bedrooms and set over two floors, this quaint cottage on Badachro Bay is a great option for a family that needs a little more space. Rooms are exceptionally comfortable with large comfy beds and homely furnishings. Check availability here. Park House Bed and Breakfast | A great cheap and cheerful North Coast 500 B&B in the centre of Lochinver, with super helpful hosts. So, based on our experiences of the road trip, we've structured everything according to ten colour-coded North Coast 500 accommodation 'hubs'. From luxury castles, picturesque campsites and budget-friendly hostels to cosy, family-run B&Bs, eco-retreats and Airbnb pods by the sea - there is something for everyone and every budget. Check prices and availability here. Check price and availability here. If you're arriving early into the city from elsewhere in Scotland, and want to hit the road as soon as possible, then you could quite easily choose to stay at one or two excellent places 20-50 miles into the route. The views are just beautiful in this isolated location and the hosts go out of their way to make your stay perfect.