Finding the best Scotland North Coast 500 accommodation can be tricky since it’s such a popular route, but here’s where we stayed and some alternatives should they already be booked up!
You can also check out our full itinerary for this incredibly scenic 516 mile road tirp around the north coast of Scotland here.
The Best Scotland North Coast 500 Accommodation
The Best Accommodation in 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
£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.
The Best Accommodation in Inverness
Of course, there are also plenty of options in Inverness if you want to begin your NC500 road trip off as close to the start line as possible!
The Mountain Lodge B&B
£91 a night including breakfast
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!!
From £105 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!
The Best Accommodation in Durness
Night 4 for us was Durness! It’s 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
From £110 a night + service fee
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!
These days, there’s a 2 night minimum on many dates but if you were booking last minute, you may be able to negotiate something.
Cosy Croft B&B
From £57 a night + service fee including breakfast
Sadly, this B&B isn’t running anymore which is a shame as Lisa it was the BEST HOST EVER.
From £180 a night
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 too much.
From £117 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.