Scotland’s stunning answer to Route 66 named one of the top coastal road trips in the world
You do not have to travel 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to experience the Route66, America’s iconic highway built in the great depression era, we have one on our doorstep. The route is in Scotland and it has the distinction of being named among the top six in the world, this coming only after being officially launched two months ago!
The route is North Coast 500 to be named NC500 and journeys around some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. This road is born out of the North Highway initiative set up by Prince Charles to showcase the area. It is hoped to attract visitors on cars, motor bikes as well as cyclists and walkers, all keen to view some of the most scenic parts of Scotland.
The route runs from Inverness, to the Kyle of Lochalsh, which is on the west coast and takes in places such as John O’Groats, with other unmissable sights including stunning mountain ranges Ben Hope and Suilven, as well as Dunrobin Castle, which has 189 rooms, making it the largest in the northern Highlands.
Now you would not want to rush around this road, but it can be comfortably be negotiated in a weekend, but a leisurely drive over a few days stopping and experiencing the breath-taking countryside would be better.
The magazine, Travel Now, has put NC500 in a creditable fifth place in the top six best coast trips in the world! The top of the list was the Cape Overberg route in South Africa; this was followed by the Amalfi Coast in Italy and The Atlantic Road in Norway. Making up the remainder are The Pacific Coast Highway in America and the Coral Coast in Australia
The website for the Scottish road only went live in June of this year, this illustrates and links to natural heritage and scenery, celebrates local food and drink and highlights accommodation, retail, arts, crafts and attractions of the region.