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The North Coast 500 is billed as Scotland's Route 66. Does it live up to the hype? Absolutely! The North Coast 500 (NC 500) covers 500 miles of the most remote, unique and scenically mind-blowing region of Northern Scotland. It's a spectacular coastal route on winding, often narrow, but very well maintained roads, populated by courteous drivers. Because the NC 500 is somewhat out of the way, it takes a little effort to get there. But those that do make that effort are very greatly rewarded. The NC 500 offers a little bit of everything that makes Scotland such a wonderful place to visit. Dramatic Highland peaks sweep majestically to loch and sea. Wildlife is abundant and outdoor pursuits a given. You'll encounter ancient castles, huge sea caves and renowned bridges. You'll have glorious white sand, pristine beaches virtually to yourself, and find unexpected yet wonderful surprises around almost every corner. This tour allows 6 nights to get to and from the NC 500 from Edinburgh and 5 nights on the route itself. The itinerary can be shortened or lengthened to suit your individual needs and trip logisitics....we're standing by to help you make it happen!

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Included Unique Activities

Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotch Whisky Experience

Historic Edinburgh Small Group Tour

Historic Edinburgh Small Group Tour

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Accommodation

2 Nights

Murrayfield Hotel & House

2 Nights

Lynver Guesthouse

1 Night

Applecross Inn

1 Night

Royal Hotel

1 Night

Glengolly

1 Night

Murray House

1 Night

Tulloch Castle

2 Nights

Craigquarter Farm

Transportation

  • Rental Car - Includes Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes

Dining Options

  • 11 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Scottish Breakfasts Each Morning

Points of Interest

  • Spend Two Nights in Captivating Edinburgh
  • Visit Stunning Blair Castle
  • Discover the Natural Beauty of Cairngorms National Park
  • Stay in Inverness - The Capital of the Highlands
  • Enjoy the Unspoiled Locale of the North Coast 500:
  • Glen Ord Distillery & Rogie Falls
  • Bealach na mBa & Inverewe Exotic Gardens
  • Kylescu Bridge & Balnakeil Beach
  • Smoo Cave & The Castle of Mey
  • The Whaligoe Steps & Grey Cairns of Camster
  • Travel the Length of Mysterious Loch Ness
  • Reve in the History and Scenic Splendor of Glencoe & Glenfinnan
  • Explore Several Famous Scottish Castles to Explore!
  • Discover the Unique History and Sites of Stirling

Speyside, The Whisky Triangle, Elgin, Scotland

Cawdor Castle, Scotland

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

Pitlochry, Scotland

Blair Castle, Scotland

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland

Rogie Falls, Scotland

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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 10 nights Accommodation – From Boutique Hotel to Luxurious Guesthouse!
  • 1 night in an Authentic Scottish Castle

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car - Includes Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes

DINING OPTIONS

  • 11 Full Scottish Breakfasts 

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Historic Small-Group Tour of Edinburgh City
  • Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Entrance to Stirling Castle

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in Captivating Edinburgh
  • Visit Stunning Blair Castle
  • Discover the Natural Beauty of Cairngorms National Park
  • Stay in Inverness - The Capital of the Highlands
  • Enjoy the Unspoiled Locale of the North Coast 500:
  • Glen Ord Distillery & Rogie Falls
  • Bealach na mBa & Inverewe Exotic Gardens
  • Kylescu Bridge & Balnakeil Beach
  • Smoo Cave & The Castle of Mey
  • The Whaligoe Steps & Grey Cairns of Camster
  • Travel the Length of Mysterious Loch Ness
  • Reve in the History and Scenic Splendor of Glencoe & Glenfinnan
  • Explore Several Famous Scottish Castles to Explore!
  • Discover the Unique History and Sites of Stirling

Prices Based On

  • Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing 1 room.
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Risk-Free Cancellation Policy
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Self-guided vacation package. Choose any date to begin your travels.
  • Traveling alone? No problem. Just ask us for a single supplement price.

"Ireland Vacation"

Nicole A

What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic Vacations again!

"Driving through history"

Ed

Edmonton

We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty!

"Christmas in Ireland"

William

We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !

"An epic solo road trip!"

Anthea Ong

Singapore

Just want to say a big thank you to Anna Wilgenbursch for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.

"Ireland birthday trip"

Stephanie Stutz

Minnesota

Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.

"Destination Vacation"

Peter L Pavlina

Boston

Great trip thanks to Michelle's great work!

"Ireland Vacation"

Jessica Brewer

St. Cloud

We had a FABULOUS vacation! Jacoya was great to work with. Highly recommend!

"Dream Vacation!"

Emma

Coronado

Our trip to Ireland was an absolute dream! Thank you, Tam, for taking the time to create a personalized, affordable trip for us. I highly suggest using Tam at Authentic Vacations to plan your trip to Ireland! You will have the time of your life! :)

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