North Coast 500 Cycle Route
North Coast Five Hundred
  • North Coast 500
    North Coast Five Hundred
  • North Coast 500
    North Coast Five Hundred
  • North Coast 500
    North Coast Five Hundred

North Coast 500 Route

The North Coast 500 route has already become one of the worlds iconic cycle touring challenges. We think the best way to experience the NC500 is by bicycle. Whether you bring your own bike, or hire comfortable tourers or hybrids from us, cycling speed is ideal for seeing the sights and experiencing all this fantastic region has to offer.

Stac Pollaidh from North Coast 500

The West Coast of Scotland already had a reputation as a premier cycle touring destination. Now, the wonderful scenery of the North and East Coasts are also attracting the attention they have long deserved.

North Coast 500, Bealach na Ba road to Applecross

Cyclists also have the opportunity to adjust their route to avoid some of the busier roads. We really recommend the “wee mad road of Inverpolly” and National Cycle Network route 1 from Tain using the Nigg - Cromarty ferry to the Black Isle (June to September), but we can also recommend other additions and short-cuts depending upon your requirements.

There is a fantastic report on cycle touring site Pannier with some great photography of the North Coast 500. Read all about it here.

Of course 500 miles might be more than you want to consider for a relaxed cycling holiday. Why not break the NC500 into two one week trips, using Durness as a mid-point and let us pick you up and drop you off in our comfortable bike taxi.

North Coast 500 Bag Transfers

We don't currently offer a regular luggage transfer service for the North Coast 500 route. If you have a group of six or more then get in touch as we may be able to provide a service at a tolerable price. The other option is to join a supported ride from a professional package tour operator like our pals at Peak Tours

Most routes with bag shuttles are also popular with walkers and they provide the volume of trade that sustains those businesses. The North Coast 500 route does not attract walkers so it is unlikely that a comprehensive, regaular bag transfer service will be viable any time soon. It may be possible for you to arrange local services in places via accommodation providers or local taxis but I imagine that will take a LOT of emails and phone calls.

North Coast 500 info:


NC500 guide for cyclists