Where we stayed on our North Coast 500 road trip

North Coast 500 Accommodation

The North Coast 500 is an amazing 500 mile road trip around the top of Scotland.

You can check out our full itinerary here but if you just want to know where we stayed, scroll on through.

Night 1 | FORT AUGUSTUS

The start of the North Coast 500 is technically Inverness Castle however there was little choice when we looked so we stayed 40 minutes down the road in the very cute village of Fort Augustus.

It’s also at the bottom of Loch Ness so a good excuse to squeeze that into your trip too!

Where we stayed

Monk’s Retreat
Fort Augustus
£86 a night including breakfast

Unfortunately, Monk’s Retreat isn’t bookable at the moment but here’s a couple of other options in the area.

Alternative options

Loch Ness Guest House
Fort Augustus
From £50 a night

Foyers Lodge
Foyers (14 miles away)
From £110 a night including breakfast

Night 2 | GAIRLOCH

Gairloch is a village on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross and with a scattering of B&Bs and hotels, it’s a perfect place to stop on your road trip. 

Where we stayed

The Mountain Lodge B&B
Gairloch
£88 a night including breakfast
Get £25 off your first Airbnb stay here

We had amazing views out across the Loch from our 4 poster bed room and as it’s above a coffee shop, you get a voucher for breakfast the next morning which was really good and without the awkwardness of sitting in someone’s living room!!

Alternative options

Loch View
Gairloch
From £85 a night + service fee
Get £25 off your first Airbnb stay here

An Cois Na Mara
Laide (14 miles away)
From £78 a night including breakfast

Night 3 | ULLAPOOL

Further up, we stayed in Ullapool which is the largest settlement for miles around so a great chance to stock up and enjoy some amazing food too.

Where we stayed

Foinaven B&B 
Ullapool
From £90 a night including breakfast

Our room had a great modern bathroom and I got Ullapool smoked salmon for breakfast the next day which is pretty special considering it was included in the price!

Alternative options

The Arch Inn
Ullapool
From £65 including breakfast

The Snug
Ullapool
From £78 a night + service fee
Get £25 off your first Airbnb stay here

Night 4 | DURNESS / TALMINE

Durness is a great stop off due to its beautiful award winning beach complete with a campsite overlooking the sea! If you don’t fancy pitching a tent, you best book quick as there aren’t too many options that allow 1 night stays and you may, like us, have to stay further away than first planned. For us, this was an hour drive away in the remote township of Talmine.

Where we stayed

Island View Glamping Pod
Talmine
From £80 a night + service fee 
Get £25 off your first Airbnb stay here

Our first time in a glamping pod was a great success – I was very impressed with how much you could fit into a small space, including a really nice modern bathroom. Whilst a cooked breakfast wasn’t included, there were a few treats left for us including COCO POPS!

Alternative options

Ben Loyal Hotel
Tongue (29 miles from Durness)
From £55 a night
The pod above is from £120 a night

Night 5 | WICK

As far as the NC500 goes, Wick is a pretty big town! Plenty of options to stay and a great point to rest for the evening after exploring the many sites nearby.

Where we stayed

Cosy Croft B&B
Wick
From £57 a night + service fee including breakfast
Get £25 off your first Airbnb stay here

Lisa who ran this B&B was the BEST HOST EVER. So warm and welcoming and she’s done such a great job at furnishing the one room on offer in her home.

Alternative options

Langley Cottage
Wick
From £90 a night

Mackays Hotel Wick
Wick
From £132 including breakfast

Night 6 | DORNOCH

Dornoch is a gorgeous seaside town complete with cute shops, hotels, restaurants and even a golf course!

Where we stayed

Dornoch Castle
Dornoch
From £130

We decided to treat ourselves by checking into a CASTLE on our last night that also had a very well stocked whiskey bar! We enjoyed our stay and it was amazing to be so central to Dornoch but for the price, it was difficult to not compare it to the great the service (and the breakfasts!) we’d experienced at all the B&Bs. So, if you’ve got the budget – go for it! But if not, don’t worry that you’re missing out.

Alternative options

Eagle Hotel
Dornoch
From £81 a night 

Foxy’s Den Dornoch
Dornoch
From £75 a night

Night 7 | INVERNESS / GLASGOW

As I mentioned, Inverness is the official ‘start’ of the North Coast 500 – meaning it’s the end too!! However, as we had a big trek home to London we ended up getting on the road and staying in Glasgow for the evening however, I thought I’d show a couple of great Inverness options too.

Where we stayed

Dakota Glasgow
Glasgow
From £101 a night

The reason I’ve included this is to make a point. A lot of the accommodation on the North Coast 500 is cute and cosy with exceptional service but it’s not going to be a stunning 10 out of 10 room unless you’re willing to spend a lot. If you’re wanting that chic hotel stay, keep your money for the journey back home where your money will go further in cities like Glasgow.

Our room at the Dakota was… STUNNIN’ 10 OUTTA 10 LADS.

Alternative options

pentahotel Inverness
Inverness
From £57 a night 

The Glenimoriston Townhouse Hotel
Inverness
From £65 a night

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