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NC500: Dornoch to Inverness

NC500: Dornoch to Inverness

As you drive south on the A99 from Latheron, lush green pastureland extends to the edge of craggy cliffs that drop sharply into the sea. By the time you get to Brora and Dornoch, the cliffs have given way to great curves of sandy beaches. Along this stretch of...
NC500; Headland of the Cats

NC500; Headland of the Cats

The trees around Forss house are speckled with crows’ nests and as we set off down the gravel path towards the car, we noted the sociable and very smart birds cawing and wheeling above the trees. Seconds later things of a more uncharitable nature were observed...
NC500; Durness to Forss House

NC500; Durness to Forss House

In the Highlands and Islands, unpronounceable place names of many consonants are usually Gaelic. Other names reflect the Viking heritage of the region, not least the county of Sutherland itself which just means ‘southland’ in Old Norse. Other names are...
NC500: Handa Island & Loch Assynt

NC500: Handa Island & Loch Assynt

The zodiac boat to Handa Island runs from Tarbet, which is about a 10 minute drive north of Scourie – which we determined is properly pronounced Scowree and not Scoorie. In season the boat runs frequently, but off-season it runs on the hour, every hour, and...
NC500; Gairloch to Ardvreck

NC500; Gairloch to Ardvreck

We had planned to leave Loch Torridon around 0930 as we had a long-ish drive and lots of things we wanted to see, but there was a bit of a muddle with the two room bills which required the deciphering skills of Alan Turing. By the time we were all satisfied that both...
NC500; Loch Torridon and Applecross

NC500; Loch Torridon and Applecross

The North Coast 500 is a genius bit of marketing. It is the ‘Silk Road’ of North and North-West Scotland, because while it is essentially a roughly 500-mile coastal route round-trip from Inverness, the NC500 – like the Silk Road – also...