Author: Sophie Williamson-Stothert

You don’t need to be a globetrotter to know that Scotland is one of the UK’s most picturesque locations and, as it turns out, its roads are pretty spectacular, too.

The 500-mile long road along the North Coast, nicknamed NC500, loops around the very top of Scotland and has been named one of the top six coastal road trips in the world.

Officially launched two months ago, the route travels from Inverness, across the width of the country, over to the Kyle of Lochalsh, up along the coast to John O’Groats and then back down to Inverness.

The initiative, backed by Prince Charles, aims to showcase Scottish food and accommodation to visitors who may not usually visit the areas that the route goes through.

However, it’s no surprise that Route 66 has also been attracting car and motorbike enthusiasts, as well as walkers and cyclists alike.

The 500-mile route allows travellers to capture the essence of Scotland from the seat of their car and not miss the key stop-off points on their journey, helping to introduce visitors to Scottish heritage, local food and arts and crafts.

According to the Daily Mail, NHI chairman David Whiteford said while launching the route: “Across the globe, touring routes have become famous and are often the very reason for visitors making the journey to that country.

“We have, in the north Highlands, an opportunity to create a globally significant route that captures the essence of the wonderful landscapes and seascapes, people, stories, culture, history, adventures, food and drink and much more.”

The fairytale route can be completed in a leisurely long weekend but, for travellers who wish to spend a little longer soaking up the atmosphere and exploring the highlands, this can be extended to several weeks.

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