From Achnasheen, you will follow the A890 – cycling alongside Loch Gowan on the left and the beautiful Ledgowan Forest on the right. Today you’ll drive through the rest of the North West Highlands Geopark so it … We cross into Scotland and cruise to the capital city Edinburgh, where we have a day off to explore this ancient capital. Due to massive demand for this tour we will be running it 5 times in 2021. Leaving the beauty of the Lake District National Park and on to the border with Scotland via Hadrian’s wall. We hope you've enjoyed a taste of what's in itineraries. You may wish to stop at the Coul House Hotel for a mid-morning coffee break before continuing on along the route or stock up on some nutritious snacks for lunch at a village store along route. As you near Lochcarron, the road becomes single track road…You will reside here for the night, in the stunning wee village of Lochcarron, amidst some of the finest scenery along the route. Please adjust accordingly to your capabilities as this itinerary is aimed at the serious cyclist. We pick the tour dates to make the best of the weather and also avoid the crowds in peak season. The three new guided road cycling tours range from 7-11 days and from 250 to 500 miles in length with a starting price of £1795 for the ‘Highlights’ route. Thanks! 14 OTE gels … Check out our tried and tested self-guided ride. In August 2016 four of us tackled the NC500 as a rehearsal for our round the world cycle trip. 14 days We follow the spectacular NC500 around the top of Scotland and down the west coast to the Isle of Skye to spend the day exploring the rugged landscape of the island with its beautiful coastal roads, picturesque fishing villages and jagged Cuillin mountain range. Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK. You will be cycling just over 500 miles taking in 32000 feet of climbing following the North Coast 500 route with a small group of 6-8 riders of similar ability alongside our experienced ride guide and crew whilst taking in Scotlands most stunning scenery. 10 days Twenty-seven years later, the North Highland Initiative created a 500-mile route around Scotland’s most northerly coastal roads. What did you eat and drink while cycling the NC500? Select Date. Guest blog by Steven Nick, North Coast veteran and teammate of Chris Taylor who joined the group after having cycled to Inverness from the Lake District. Say farewell to the rest of touring buddies and depart for home. “This was a truly wonderful trip – fun, relaxing, physically challenging, and beautiful. From here we ride on to the castle in Lancaster for lunch, then into the Lake District National Park and ride the length of Windermere and Thirlmere on the way to Derwentwater. 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 A day off the bike to explore Edinburgh. Grab yourself a bunk and warm yourself by the fire… (Remember your sleeping bag!) Watch out for wildlife and farm life who also like to roam these roads. Road trip Scotland's answer to Route 66 with this comprehensive NC500 travel guide. While many NC500 travellers spend one night in a handful of different locations as they travel the route, a large proportion of visitors opt to set up base in a number of locations around the route – spending two or three nights in each place and getting to know the different regions that make up the route. The North Highlands are a superb location for cycling and mountain biking. All our itineraries are based on suggestions alone. Save money with a Clan Membership for up to 4 people. Spend 11 days exploring the magical scenery of Scotland, the famous NC500, the glorious isle of Skye and the National parks of North England. Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee and lunch stops. Back on the mainland you ride the full length of Loch Ness and Loch Lochy with eyes peeled for a glimpse of Nessie.