An Introduction to the North Coast 500


Bringing together a route of about 516 miles of stunning coastal scenery, the North Coast 500 is one of the world’s most beautiful road trips. The route naturally follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands of Scotland, taking in the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness-Shire. We couldn’t agree more. The North Coast 500 is breathtaking and a must on all bucket lists. The Official North Coast 500 route begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle which is situated, overlooking the capital city of the Highlands.

“There's nothing quite like the freedom of the long open road. Never-ending back roads, wide meandering country tracks and beautiful bends through some of Scotland's finest coastal scenery are just a few things you can expect along the North Coast 500 -  Strap yourself in for the road trip of a lifetime.” Quoted by Visit Scotland

There is no doubt about it. The NC 500 is a magnificent route and we are proud to be apart of it. Situated in Ullapool, on The North Coast 500 route you will find our Seaforth Chippy. The Seaforth 'Chippy' is famous for great fish and chips and was even BBC Radio 4's 'Takeaway of the Year' and a business member of the NC 500.

“We source our fish from reputable suppliers and make our chips fresh every day. We also offer a great range of takeaway meals, suppers, snacks, sweets and soft drinks from our Chippy. We serve the finest selection of seasonal seafood, including lobster, monkfish and scallops in Season.”  – Jody Keating- Head Chef of The Seaforth

Next door to The Seaforth Chippy, also situated on this fabulous route you will find our restaurant, The Seaforth restaurant. Our restaurant works hard to craft beautiful dishes using Scottish produced products and is well known for its Seafood specials and of course our a range of premier beverages. We have a great variety of dishes on our Menu. You can find our Menu on our website.

What do we love about the NC 500? Wow, where to begin.

Firstly as I’m sure you’ve been told, it’s not a race. If you do it too quickly, you might miss some wonderful hidden gems on the way. Stay a while to investigate different parts of the route. Some suggested even doing half the route one year and the other half another.

The route not only has spectacular scenery but great History too. A must see village on the North Coast 500 is of course Ullapool. Ullapool is a picturesque fishing town, nestled on the shores of Lochbroom. Our wonderful village is a destination in its own right for outdoor activities like hillwalking, canoeing, fishing, golf and more.

Not only is Ullapool known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities but it’s also famous for music, arts, food and drink, festivals, history, indoor swimming and of course Highland culture and if you are lucky enough magnificent Auroras. Heading out of Ullapool you will continue to find great restaurant’s and pubs tucked away as well as great Whisky distilleries.

Your journey will take you through landscapes framed by ancient geology, spectacular mountains and breathtaking waterfalls. Whether you're travelling by campervan, a motorbike, a bicycle or a section on foot, there is no other route like the North Coast 500. 

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