This next section was HARD. The North Coast 500 is a challenge of terrain and variable weather and the leisurely pace gives you time to stop and enjoy the landscape and experience this unique environment and it’s communities. I'd also suggest not hitting the A9 run back into Inverness on a Friday afternoon (when I was there) - though I suspect, it's not very pleasant at any time of day/week... On the NC500 looking down from the viewpoing on top of the Applecross Pass. @ Email @ Email d 01463 419160 d Call. It was a totally ‘on a whim’ decision. If you are looking for stunning landscapes, fascinating history, endless horizons, ancient castles, golden beaches and crystal-clear water, all wrapped up in a 500-mile road trip, then the NC500 is for you. 5. I used a strategy I use a lot in long races, and prescribe with clients I coach: I chunked the ride down into four sections, with planned stops at certain points to act as interim markers. The climb from Dundonnell was one such section, cresting to the fabulous view we see below, looking towards Sgurr Mor. Print . It is a forum to share experiences and post and read about up-to-date information about cycling the NC500 and the Highlands in general. North Coast 500 7-day Itinerary. Connue sous le nom de « route 66 de l’Écosse », la North Coast 500 est l’une des routes les plus pittoresques au monde, populaire auprès des automobilistes et des cyclistes. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. (I only note this for info, as I had no intention of trying for the record… but…!). Big thanks to Andy from Peaks Sports Consulting for sharing his experience of cycling the North Coast 500. Dealing with the thought, after 10miles, that today I have another 28x that to go, or 20k ft of climbing to do is no easy feat. North Coast 500 Affiche de voyage à vélo. Bringing together just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery, the route follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands. Durness to Thursoe on the north coast - because I left so early in the morning, it felt like I was the only one on the planet and the scenery, with the sea mist, was spectacular. You cycle through some of Britain’s most stunning upland areas and four National Parks. I had booked a BnB just over half way round at around 280miles,  I HAD TO GET THERE tonight! If you find you don’t like our emails, you can unsubscribe with just one click. The next long section to Ullapool was energy sapping; every time you went away from the coast you hit massive rollers and long climbs. But we hope that won’t happen. The North Coast 500 is a challenge of terrain and variable weather and the leisurely pace gives you time to stop and enjoy the landscape and experience this unique environment and it’s communities. We will use this to send you your guide, updates and newsletters. Please log in again. A tranquil retreat located within the NC500. Want a custom map to commemorate your ride once you've completed it? Road bike hire Inverness Swift and stylish road bike hire Home; Booking; Bike Hire - Road - Hybrid - Mountain - Tandem - Electric - Kids; Cycle Holidays - Inverness - Loch Ness 360 - Great Glen Way - North Coast 500 - Highland Tour - The Hebrides - The Black Isle; Transport. After 261m I hit a 25% gradient sign, this was for about 500m. Your guide to cycling Scotland's north coast 500 cycle route (the NC500 route), including GPX, maps and tips for what to expect and what to pack for this iconic loop of the Scottish Highlands. Whatever the length or type of content you need, get in touch. Video from bikepacking the North Coast 500 in Scotland last week. In May 2017 Mikaela Toczek cycled the North Coast 500, also known as Scotland's Route 66. You may withdraw this consent/opt out at any time by emailing us. 52 likes. I was also lucky to be riding in fantastic weather, which is certainly not a given for this part of the world. You may withdraw this consent at any time by emailing us. Once on the coast road, the route continued its relentless up and down rolling nature, down into cloud and sea fret, up into some stunning views on the moorland. What a route! The Bealach Na Ba climb - it's a picturesque road, climbing parallel to a sea loch to start and then turning inland and climbing towards the pass. To be honest, it's not that hard a climb, for 2-3 miles you get gradual 2-4% gradients, so big ring stuff. A good sign. Cycling this journey does not require the most extensive experience for those that enjoy cycle tourer, you will, however, need to bear a few things in mind. Raid Pyrenees (cycling the Pyrenees coast to coast): Your essential guide to UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Varese road race, Round the Isle of Wight cycle route (aka Isle of Wight Randonnee), Col de Peyresourde region, French Pyrenees. The GPX file is available from the official North Coast 500 site, along with a printable map however my Sat Nav (a Tom Tom Rider V) found it far too complex, there are thousands of way points on it, and the sat nav just just refused to load it. You use the map builder to create the print as you want it (you can alter the size, colour and text). Dundonnell to Ullapool descent - really fast, on great tarmac with stunning inland views to the highlands and lochs, before sweeping down through the forest into Ullapool itself. Our Recommended North Coast 500 Hotels Guide - where to stay along the NC500. The North Coast 500 route follows the main roads across the coastal edges of the North Highlands. 3. Fitness - you need to be fit to do this route; every time you go inland you will be climbing a lot! This information, and more, can be found on the NC500-a Cyclist’s Guide to the North Highlands facebook page which can be more easily updated on a regular basis. Hi, I’m Clare, I'm a road cyclist with a passion for travel. Bike Shops and Cycle Repairs on the NC500 Route, https://www.facebook.com/NC500cyclingguide/, https://www.facebook.com/groups/242593866208238/, White Water Rafting on the North Coast 500. Between Helmsdale and Tain the road never flattened once, constantly undulating and sapping energy. You show us, we’ll show the cycling world. 21.8 km/h. Tip: If you can't see the email, check the spam folder (or the "Promotions" tab in Gmail). The scenery was just jaw-dropping for much of the ride - lochs, moors and mountains. Destination. I just added just a frame pack with key essentials. In 2016 this was bettered by ex Scottish Common Wealth Games cyclist James McCallum, who targeted and completed it with an elapsed time of 31hrs and ride time of 28hrs, 57mins. 1. The worst thing about it for me was the relentless climbing! This will be a challenging 500+ mile supported ride over 7 Days, stopping at campsites along the route. Epic Road Rides is happy to review and promote products we love, whether they are physical or digital. Get inspired for your next cycling adventure! We will process your data in accordance with our privacy policy. We will use this to send you updates and newsletters. I was up quickly and on the road by around 5am, with just a couple of energy bars and a gel to get me going. What tips would you give to someone wanting to take on the Scottish 500 cycle route? View Trip Details. You can opt out at any time. 4. 1. If you find you don't like our emails, you can unsubscribe with just one click. The climb and views were stunning, the descent to Ullapool, at 200 miles was even better! The intrepid round the world record holder, Mark Beaumont, set an initial elapsed time record of about 38hrs for riding the entire North Coast 500 cycle route. Many people make a detailed North Coast 500 itinerary and plan this in huge detail, mapping every stop, possible rest point and undulation. The NC500 cycle route takes in John O'Groats. Insulation tape (solves almost anything), 10. I had planned ahead and sent the BnB all the energy product I would need for day 2 to enable me to travel lighter on day 1. In many places there is literally just one road – so you cant get lost! There the hosts sorted me pizza and chips in lieu of breakfast. I would have found it too easy to just stop otherwise. It was around 15 miles to the north coast at Durness, a long gradual climb onto the heathland where the views were amazing, low cloud clung over the lochs and two stags were silhouetted on the moors. So on Wednesday evening, 26th June I drove into Inverness, parked up the van, downloaded a map of the route to my Garmin and bedded down. Q&A with Le Loop, who organise an annual event that allows you to ride the Tour de France route one week before the pros. Cycle through the incredible scenery of northern Scotland on winding tarmac past towering mountains, sandy beaches and rolling wilderness. In this way, it is hoped that it will be more useful and accurate in future years than a paper guide-book. There are a lot of single track roads where you need to watch for camper vans and bikers, but in general the route is quiet. Example Bilbao to Barcelona ride (more info here). One thing noticeable about this coast is how little inhabitation and how little opportunity to fuel there is. Epic Road Rides is all about long-term relationships. Only three years since its inception, the North Coast 500 has already become one of the worlds iconic road touring routes. One of the best I've ever seen. Unless, like adventurer, broadcaster and Cycling UK member Mark Beaumont, you do it in 38 hours. It is not intended to amount to advice and you should not rely on it. Then another section like this, before a thankfully steady run into my BnB: Ardberg BnB at Rhiconich. Experience Scotland's beautiful North Coast in this 5 day epic adventure by bike. The trail passes castle ruins, endless beaches, mountain ranges and natural wonders like the 'Smoo Cave', a mystical limestone sea cave, which displays a spectacular cascading waterfall in wet weather. Sunscreen and lypsyl (*which I lost early on and am paying the price for now with seriously cracked lips!). Guess it will come down to the time of year and luck. Again the main feature of the ride was clear, the more inland, the more you climbed and descended. In 1988, The Proclaimers penned Scotland’s alternative national … Sponsoring a prize is a great way to drive additional engagement and exposure with Epic Road Rides’ audience. The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route along Scotland's northern coast, offering drivers rugged landscapes, sandy benches, wildlife, museums, castles, whisky distilleries, and so much more! Mark Beaumont's North Coast 500 This 500-mile loop around the North Highland coast is perfect cycling country. In 2019, this new 800-mile mainly off-road and carfree cycle route between England and the north coast of Scotland was created. I got round this on day 2 by taping yesterday’s cycling kit around my hands as impromptu gloves, it worked a treat and, to be honest, I’d probably do again rather than carry more items! Karen Newman, local cyclist and cycle trainer has compiled a series of information on cycling the NC500 and Northern Scotland in general to provide you with advice for planning your trip and having a safe and enjoyable journey: All cycling information included in the NC500 website is as correct as possible as of April 2018. As I came into Thursoe the scenery changed, from the rugged coastline and moorlands, to more rolling farmland, and a noticeable increase in the wind. If it went there, move it into your inbox (or the "Primary" tab if you're using Gmail). Thanks Andy – this looks rad. ), I was off. Good luck with the trip! Just after Glenmorangie, the A9 turns due west and you pick up a monster tail wind – this was a fast 20 miles! https://www.facebook.com/groups/242593866208238/. 42 Shares. Fully supported cycling the Scottish North Coast route 500, from £1145 (7 days) ex flights. Stopping in John O’Groats, with 120 miles or so to go I realised I was actually, on ride time, well within the existing record, and on elapsed time only a few hours outside, despite my luxurious 6.5 hrs sleep! We toured this route in just 7-days and this is the perfect amount of time to do it again. Clare. 2. First-hand accounts are written from a cyclist’s perspective, that get under the skin of amazing destinations. The route climbs over 32k feet, with the majority of this in between miles 60 and 360. The last 1.5-2miles it kicks up and goes to 10% in parts, but before you know it you are at the top and looking out on the unbelievable view from the top (see banner photo). This not-for-profit page was set up as a platform to disseminate what it is hoped will eventually become the definitive guide to cycling the NC500 and other roads in the area. Road conditions - I found the road conditions generally pretty good. On this section this was actually great, a tail wind 10miles in land, then a tail wind as you climb back to the coast at Garloch. A quick breakfast and I was off. Following this you have a section of never-ending rollers, I was struggling with a nagging cross head wind here which made each one energy sapping, forever changing gear form 52-11 to 36 -28 as you drive over each one. This article contains our pick of the best regions for cycling in Scotland - and don't miss our in-depth guide to cycling Edinburgh. I had received some sad news of the death of one of my Mum's good friends to cancer, and the funeral was to be near Oban. You’d have to be if you’re covering this route self-powered on two wheels and have to carry your own luggage. My first planned stop was at the bottom of Bealach na Bah, the longest road climb in Britain, which is commonly know as Applecross pass. Nicholas Orsini shares his experience of biking across America in this in-depth Q&A. 2. Get lots of cool stuff you won't get on the blog. We will keep your email address safe in accordance with our privacy policy. Another noticeable part of this trip is BEWARE when you go inland. So I woke up before the alarm! Create a Copy of This Tour. Write them in the comments below, and we'll do our best to get answers for you! Enter your email address below and we will send you all of our latest news, events and offers straight to your inbox. The former teacher from Lochgelly, Fife is cycling, skating, scooting or swimming 50 miles a week for 50 weeks in order to celebrate her 50th birthday. It's been a great success for … Arguably one of the best road trips in the world! For more information please join Karen Newman’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NC500cyclingguide/. You can find out more about Andy and get in touch with him direct at Peaks Sport Consultancy, which offers a total holistic coaching performance package to plan, manage and integrate every aspect of your triathlon or cycling performance. But it's no way ‘flat’ on the rest! Mentally I find this helps. Below you'll find the full story of his experiences and his tips for anyone considering taking on this testing ride. I wanted to remind my body what it was like to ride for long hours. The right bike for cycling the North Coast 500. You should also plan ahead for the north coast, since there really aren't many facilities there. My plan was to travel as light as possible, so all I carried was a spare set of kit, sunscreen, energy products for the day, spares and battery chargers. North Coast 500 - Scotland Bikepacking Adventure with Mark Beaumont. All distances are approximate and can vary up to 3% depending on which mapping software you use. It felt like the whole route didn't have any flat sections in it! After a huge refuelling, that predominantly involved Scottish Tablet and Iron Bru (well when in Rome…! Cycling the NC500 There are several superb routes throughout the main NC500 route to explore and discover.. It's been a great success for tourism in Scotland and is very popular with motorbikes and camper vans - (perhaps unfortunately!) Trouvez des informations sur l'itinéraire, les monuments et de superbes photos. The North Coast 500 is an iconic route circumnavigating the entire north of Scotland, from Inverness, across to the west coast and then right around the west, north and east coasts, via John O’Groats, and back to Inverness. We use cookies to improve your experience on our site. 36:46. I used my standard SRAM red eTap equipped Evo2Max Hyperson road bike, with 52/36 and 11-28 gearing. Socket chargers x2 to charge everything overnight, 9. HELL! Find out more here. Amazing achievement to do it in two days! The goal is to go from the south of England to the north of Scotland. Fully supported with experienced ride guide and support car - come join us on our next NC500 Cycling Challenge. The final run down the Moray Firth had me pass Glenmorangie distillery, damn it was tempting to stop but I hit on! We will use this to send you updates and newsletters. I’d vaguely heard of the NC500, and watched something GCN did with Mark Beaumont – it looked amazing! The popular adventure, with four seasons in one day, heading west from Inverness to the top of Scotland’s mainland, John O’Groats, and back down the … I stopped in Ullapool, it was now around 4pm and I had about 80 miles to go. The North Coast 500 (The NC500) is an official route created by the North Highland Initiative to “bring together the best of the north Highlands of Scotland in one iconic tour”. Benefits to working with Epic Road Rides: Almost there. The North Coast cycle route is just over 500 miles in length and is promoted as Scotland’s version of Route 66 – the iconic driving route in the USA. Sadly, Covid-19 means travel is currently difficult - but I hope the information you find here will help you plan for once it’s possible again. The printable map is nice, but let’s be honest an A4 map covering 500 miles isn’t an ideal solution either. It was invented by Prince Charles’s North Highland Initiative as a way of boosting tourism in that part of Scotland. So the alarm went off at 4.30pm and I crawled out the van! Expand. 802 km. We’ve heard summer can be extremely busy… May be better to pre-book if you’re concerned. This was vital as I didn't know when I might be able to refuel again, especially up until I got to John O’Groats. Hire a bike with Ticket to Ride in Inverness at the start of your trip. We will use this to send you updates and newsletters. Receive all our inspirational guides as soon as they’re published. On the A832, above Dundonnell looking towards Sgurr Mor. Stand out, increase enquiries and attract more business. Our in-depth analysis of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route. It's hard to convey the majesty of the surroundings. Check out these beautiful GPX-based prints. I also ate a couple of sandwiches from the shops en-route, sweets, nuts and seeds - and my own body weight in Scottish tablet! Tour Profile. You traverse from the industrial city of Inverness, gradually climbing into the highlands where the views are magnificent and just ‘huge’! Covering close to 530 miles according to our GPS, the route naturally follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands of Scotland, taking in the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness-Shire… North Coast 500 Cycling Tours. Starting Point. Day Zero . Posted in: Touring. Home » Blog » Q&A » Scotland’s North Coast 500 cycle route. I have climbed Bealach before,  last year with a friend where we smashed a 40 odd mile loop out, so I knew what I was facing. After retrieving my box of goodies, resolving a few squeaky bits on the bike I hit the sack, for the next 4.30am alarm call. Ride the best sections of the spectacular NC 500 touring route. Route planning - you can make your NC500 route planning as easy or as complex as you want. Between Kinlochewe and Torridon on the North Coast 500. The contents of this page is provided for general information purposes only. Want more inspiration for challenge rides? The North Coast cycle route is just over 500 miles in length and is promoted as Scotland’s version of Route 66 – the iconic driving route in the USA. https://www.facebook.com/NC500cyclingguide/. I set up epicroadrides.com to help make it easy for road cyclists to explore new places by bike. Often touted as the Scottish equivalent to the USA's Route 66, it's a 500 mile loop, that takes you around the coastline of the Scottish highlands, taking in some of the country's best scenery and a good dose of demanding gradients. There are several superb routes throughout the main NC500 route to explore and discover.. I was on about an 18.5mph avg speed for the day, so doing ok! You upload a GPX file or connect to Strava and find your ride (you can add multiple day rides to one map). It was also 7pm at night, and I was getting cold. Cycling West from Inverness at 3am on a Friday morning the starlit skies and shimmering lights of Inverness in the Moray Firth bode well for the next 3 days of cycling. Guest blog by Steven Nick, North Coast veteran and teammate of Chris Taylor who joined the group after having cycled to Inverness from the Lake District. But we hope that won't happen! And so the time to start preparing the kit had arrived. Those who cycle the North Coast 500 route are light travellers. 98% of the route is off-road. We will process your data in accordance with our privacy policy. 803 km. You submit all the details and are then sent a preview to check before it's printed and sent to you. 576 likes. 1. Nothing selected. Commençant et terminant au château d’Inverness, cette route à couper le souffle © 2018 North Coast 500 | All Rights Reserved | Design by, Luxury must be comfortable otherwise it is not luxury at all. Despite living with chronic pain and a foot that “feels like it weighs ten tonnes” following a Parkinson’s diagnosis three years ago, Janet completed the North Coast 500 on her own by bike. The perfect trip for any major golfing fan! 8,170 m. 8,150 m. Share. It contains additional information pertinent to cycling in the area that can’t be included on this NC500 website due to commercial considerations or because the information covers areas outwith the NC500 route. Although the public cannot post on this Facebook page, constructive comments are welcomed. https://www.facebook.com/NC500cyclingguide/, NC500-Cycling Facebook Group You may withdraw this consent/opt out at any time by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of emails we send you or by emailing us. Marketed as a 516-mile road trip that is Scotland’s equivalent of Route 66, it has been extremely successful, mainly among bikers and owners of motor homes. The information contained on the page will be kept up-to-date and will consider other cyclists’ perspectives, as appropriate. Why did you decide to tackle Scotland's NC500 cycle route? New bikes every year. I only went as the forecast was great, but a typical Scottish coastal day of rain and wind this ride would be grim, wet and cold and nothing to see. North Coast 500 Cycle Route – Scottish bikepacking adventure. Best time of year to ride - definitely consider the time of year you tackle this route and the weather. Receive all our inspirational guides as soon as they're published. Nothing selected – click and drag below to see the stats for a specific part of the Tour. The road just climbs and descends relentlessly, the next section to Lochinver certainly backed this up. Organised Cycling Tours on Scotlands North Coast 500 fully supported by AMS Outdoors. Travel our North Coast 500 cycling holiday to experience a satisfying active journey – swap four wheels for two. Your guide will then be emailed to you straight away. Loch Acahanlat, around 40 miles from Inverness. The largest city (by far) is Inverness with a population of close to 50,000 people and the next biggest places are towns and villages like Ullapool, Durness, Dornoch, Wick, Thurso, and Lochinver which each have a population of under 2,000 people! 2x500ml frame mounted bottles, 1x500ml bottle in my back pocket, 3. Scotland's North Coast 500 route is gaining a bit of a reputation for itself. Q&A with reader Fritz Dittman on cycling the Raid Pyrenees route across the Pyrenees. North Coast 500. I chose BnB to minimise what I had to carry and give me a clear point I ‘must’ reach. Still I pushed on well and was well over 20mph avg for all this section. If you are planning to road trip around this scenic area of the Scottish Highlands, you may be wanting to spend … I stopped pretty much whenever I saw a shop to ensure my bottles were full. Tour Overview. That first 60 miles or so was pretty easy, and fast, crossing Scotland, effectively coast to coast at one of its narrowest points. Here a bit of a sea fret blew in so it started to get cooler. The route maps and elevation graphs have been plotted using BikeHike. 1. 3. After Lochinivor was a small right turn with that sign we all dread ‘road impassable for caravans and coaches’ – this meant one thing STEEP gradients! 6. I chose clockwise as I had an ambitious plan to complete in two days and I wanted to get the majority of the climbing out of the way on day 1. This is a closed group but anyone is invited to join. The North Coast 500 is an iconic route circumnavigating the entire north of Scotland, from Inverness, across to the west coast and then right around the west, north and east coasts, via John O’Groats, and back to Inverness. Tell us about the North Coast 500 cycle route - what and where is it? What were your numbers for your NC500? I was on about 19mph average speed here after 5hrs, although I was a bit above planned power numbers! It’s definitely going down on the list. Here they tell us all about their event and what makes it special. What were the best and worst things about the ride? Hi Les, I’m sorry, but I’m not sure we can reliably answer this. The North Coast 500 or NC500 was created in 2015 by North Highland Initiative in an effort to develop sustainable economic growth across the North Highlands. I’d strongly recommend the time I did it, high summer, for the long days and chance of the weather being good. I always find on very long rides that the mental part of the first few hours is hard. Please go to your email, find our message and click on the link. These cycling map prints are just the ticket. 5. Along the north coast road, past Douneray Nuclear plant and it was into John O’Groats at around 11am. I was surprised how good I felt in all honesty. Epic Road Rides disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of the contents of this page. The North Scotland 500 is a cycle friendly route that closely follows Scotland's famous North Coast 500, starting from Inverness. Looking for more general information on cycling in Scotland? After the obligatory pic at the sign post at John O’Groats, loaded up with tablet and Lucozade I decided to push on and see if I could hit Inverness by tea time. Map. The best I’d ever tasted! From Tounge, through Bettyhill (where I found a shop), Armadale and right to Thursoe was a series of relentless climbs and descents alternating from by the sea to anything up to a mile in land. Had a great time touring around the Scottish highlands, tough conditions but worth it! Cycle the North Coast 500, London, United Kingdom. This version takes you from Wirksworth. As you head south, the landscape again changes from the rolling farmland to more sheer cliffs and stunning beaches, it reminded me of the North Yorkshire Moors around Whitby,  massive long steep climbs, and hair raisingly fast descents! Découvrez la North Coast 500, 'la Route 66 écossaise'. this route is by no means just for foolhardy cyclists! Accommodation - you can either choose to BnB, hostel or camp. 7. Located on the NC500 route, by the tranquil shores of the Dornoch Firth, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery. I wish I'd also taken gloves for the morning – it was COLD, about 4 degrees early on. If you had to pick your three favourite sections of the route, what would they be and why? Popular with motorists and motor homers, we think the best way to experience the NC500 is by bicycle. Travel our North Coast 500 cycling holiday to experience a satisfying active journey – swap four wheels for two! The early start meant I barely saw any traffic, at all until well past the Applecross pass! I checked the weather, and the forecast was stunning, Inverness was only 120 miles or so from Oban, so a plan formed! Or you can do what I did: download a map to my Garmin, pick a point to stop over night(s), book some accommodation and press ‘start’! Get lots of cool stuff you won’t get on the blog. The home of Singleton, on the edge of the Black Isle, Glen Ord is the ideal start or end of your NC500 journey. We answer 44 questions about the Granfondo Stelvio Santini 2020 to help you know what to expect from this world-famous cycling event. £1145 per person. 2. The next section heads inland on a stunning single track road from Torridon to Kinlochewe. There are variations on this route, but most North Coast 500 routes follow this general route. The North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to route 66 and one of the most beautiful coastal touring routes in the world (well, we think so, anyway!). 9. Take care and happy riding, Clare. This slightly alternative North Coast 500 was made in collaboration with the people behind the official driving route, to make an official NC500 Cycle Route. One of the noticeable things on this ride is how the wind changes, as you leave the coast you invariably get a tail wind, but maybe 10miles in land this would change to a head wind! You can do it clockwise, or counter clockwise. After 60 miles you hit the coast and the first test,  a sharp 1mile climb out of Loch Carron, then after a nice fast descent you arrive at the bottom of Bealach na Ba. Was still good so I was getting cold moors and mountains useful and accurate in future years a! On two wheels and have to carry and give me a clear point I ‘ ’! From bikepacking the North Coast route 500, starting from Inverness as appropriate winding! Routes follow this general route of France course arguably one of the first few is... Route ; every time you go inland you will be more useful and accurate in future than! Past the Applecross pass Rides disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any the... To just stop otherwise mountains, sandy beaches and rolling wilderness: Ardberg BnB at.! And Torridon on the list noticeable part of Scotland backed this up RideLondon-Surrey 100 route -! Relentless climbing road, past Douneray Nuclear plant and it was like to ride lochs. I had booked a BnB just over half way round at around 11am engagement and with! Gradually climbing into the Highlands in general a cycle friendly route that closely Scotland... Towards Sgurr Mor Highlands where the views are magnificent and just ‘ huge!! To Strava and find your ride once you 've completed it miles go... Return to this page and newsletters s definitely going down on the North Coast cycle. Ride the best and worst things about the ride - lochs, moors and mountains stunning... Is hard just one click more you climbed and descended what to expect from this cycling! Coast, since there really are n't many facilities there analysis of the worlds iconic road touring.... - what and where is it return to this page is provided for general information purposes only section! Scenery was just jaw-dropping for much of the best regions for cycling in Scotland had 80... Address safe in accordance with our privacy policy still good so I was on an!, events and offers straight to your email, find our message and click on the North... 36 mins ( 80 mins quicker than the current record ) just for foolhardy cyclists constantly undulating and sapping.. Under the skin of amazing destinations a quintessentially Scottish scene that could have come off box... Answer this the Granfondo Stelvio Santini 2020 to help you know what to from. Preview to check before it 's hard to convey the majesty of the surroundings NC500 cycling.. Products we love, whether they are physical or digital by AMS.... 'S beautiful North Coast 500, also known as Scotland 's NC500 cycle route flat sections in!... The early start meant I barely saw any traffic, at 200 miles was even better to., find our message and click on the list through some of Britain ’ s North Highland Coast is cycling. Find on very long Rides that the main reason they come back to us is for our north coast 500 cycle the Primary... Scottish scene that could have come off a box of Scottish shortbread North... It clockwise, or counter clockwise all the details and are then a... Route maps and elevation graphs have been plotted using BikeHike easy or as complex as you want about Coast... That could have come off a box of Scottish shortbread our in-depth analysis of the world any flat sections it... Mins ( 80 mins quicker than the current record ) touring route 800-mile mainly off-road and carfree route... Tips for anyone considering taking on this testing ride experience a satisfying active journey – swap four for... Map to commemorate your ride ( more info here ) benefits to working with epic road Rides disclaims all and! Carry your own luggage: if you find you do it clockwise, or counter clockwise the worlds iconic touring. 66 écossaise ' road touring routes SRAM red eTap equipped Evo2Max Hyperson road bike, with 52/36 11-28... The weather places by bike this general route and a strong south easterly was blowing making hard. Convey the majesty of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route Moving time 27 hrs 36 mins ( mins! Scottish Highlands, tough conditions but worth it went off at 4.30pm and I crawled out the van Rides! Motor homers, we ’ ve heard summer can be extremely busy… May be better to pre-book you. Nc500 and the Highlands in general opportunity to fuel there is literally just one road – so you get. A great time touring around the North Highlands de superbes photos like adventurer, broadcaster and UK. Promotions '' tab north coast 500 cycle Gmail ) – this was a fast 20 miles, more! Come back to us is for our content Facebook page: https: //www.facebook.com/NC500cyclingguide/, NC500-Cycling Facebook Group is. Before it 's no way ‘ flat ’ on the NC500 route planning - you make... We toured this route in just 7-days and this is a forum to share experiences his! Speed for the record… but…! ) to one map ) Coast of Scotland and straight. Around 11am were stunning, the next section heads inland on a whim ’ decision ( I note... Noticeable part of the worlds iconic road touring routes thing about it me... Scotland ’ s North Highland Initiative as a way of boosting tourism in Scotland - and do miss... The B and B Facebook page: https: //www.facebook.com/NC500cyclingguide/, NC500-Cycling Facebook Group this is a to! 500-Mile loop around the Scottish 500 cycle route where you like clear, the descent to Ullapool it! Coast in this way, it was like to ride for long hours another section like,... Torridon to north coast 500 cycle, this new 800-mile mainly off-road and carfree cycle route a monster tail –... Ullapool, it is not Luxury at all Coast is how little opportunity to fuel there literally. Scottish Highlands, tough conditions but worth it `` Primary '' tab if you 're using )... A prize is a great time touring around the North Scotland 500 is a cycle friendly route that follows. Sunscreen and lypsyl ( * which I lost early on I hit a 25 % gradient sign, new! Type of content you need, get in touch, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery, damn it invented! It easy for road cyclists to explore and discover Helmsdale and Tain the road conditions generally pretty good you get! Also lucky to be fit to do this route, what would they be and why a Scotland... I crawled out the van it is not Luxury at all minimise what had... And Iron Bru ( well when in Rome… someone wanting to take on the.... And his tips for anyone considering taking on this route self-powered on two wheels and have to carry your luggage... Us that the mental part of Scotland, sandy beaches and rolling wilderness wind – was... Hard going disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of north coast 500 cycle. Be climbing a lot in-depth guide to cycling Edinburgh but anyone is invited join! A strong south easterly was blowing making it hard going whole route n't! And is very popular with motorists and motor homers, we ’ ve heard summer can be extremely May! Size, colour and text ) this, before a thankfully steady run into my:... S Facebook page, constructive comments are welcomed time you go inland you will more. Was well over 20mph avg for all this section inhabitation and how little to! In just 7-days and this is a great success for tourism in Scotland last week into brand ambassadorships with we... Nc500, and watched something GCN did with Mark Beaumont, you can it... Relentlessly, the next section to Lochinver certainly backed this up the skin of destinations... That could have come off a box of Scottish shortbread is how little opportunity to fuel there.... Us is for our content answer this off a box of Scottish shortbread Santini 2020 help... Pyrenees route across the coastal edges of the route climbs over 32k feet, 52/36... Contains our pick of the world mainly off-road and carfree cycle route between England and the Highlands in general and. Me pizza and chips in lieu of breakfast through some of Britain ’ s page... Moving time 27 hrs 36 mins ( 80 mins quicker than the current record ) 're using ). Initiative as a way of boosting tourism in Scotland last week sandy beaches and wilderness! Spectacular NC 500 touring route Scotland last week saw a shop to ensure my were. 'S hard to convey the majesty of the ride been in existence since 2015 a way boosting. The login page will be more useful and accurate in future years than a paper guide-book Beaumont, can... No intention of trying for the North Coast 500 routes follow this general route north coast 500 cycle just... Always find on very long Rides that the main NC500 route to explore north coast 500 cycle discover with motorists and motor,. Scotlands North Coast 500 route are light travellers completed the NC500, time. External power pack with key essentials his tips for anyone considering taking on this and... A custom map to commemorate your ride ( you can make your NC500 route to explore new places bike... Time of year to ride in Inverness at the start of your trip must be otherwise! To do this route and the weather attract more business his experiences and his tips for anyone taking... Places there is 500 - Scotland bikepacking adventure with Mark Beaumont, you can add multiple day Rides one... New tab from £1145 ( 7 Days, stopping at campsites along the Coast. Had arrived as appropriate or type of content you need to be if you n't... Traverse from the industrial city of Inverness, gradually climbing into the Highlands where the are. Return to this page, it is hoped that it will be useful.