Accommodation & The Best Places to Stay Along Scotland’s NC500
Home to some of the most impressive scenery in the world, we didn’t want to just retire to any old standard hotel for the night. We wanted to live and breathe everything the Highlands had to offer on our Scotland North Coast 500 adventure. With this in mind, we turned mostly to Airbnb accommodation. Offering the ability to stay in the heart of the community, living truly like locals. Everything from a cabin at the side of a cliff, to a camping pod on a crofters field overlooking the island of Orkney across the water.
Badabrie, Fort William, PH33 7LX, United Kingdom
Leaving from Edinburgh, our first stop of the weeks drive around the NC500 was at Fort William. Although technically not part of the official tourist route, coming from Edinburgh meant we had more miles to cover. We came across a B&B called Treetops in the heart of Fort William, with gorgeous views overlooking Ben Nevis. Each room comes with it’s own dramatic balcony, perfect for starting your day watching the sun rise over a cuppa, surrounded by trees and mountains. The breakfast here was great and the room was everything we needed and more. Bonus points that they even had an adorable cat who was keen to greet all the guests! Book Now.
Loch Maree Hotel
Talladale, Letterewe, IV22 2HL, United Kingdom
Arriving late at night by Loch Maree, under cover of darkness, it wasn’t until morning we could appreciate it’s true beauty by the loch. Waking up to deer outside of our window, eagerly awaiting their morning toast! They were more than happy for you to gently approach them and say hello, making it all the more special. The loch was so still and peaceful and a totally silent night spent here. Outside you’ll notice a stone carving, following in the steps of Queen Victoria who stayed here. Book Now.
Cabin at the Crossroads
Talmine, Scotland, United Kingdom
In the quiet village of Talmine, surrounded by roaming horses and beautiful views, we stayed in a cabin overlooking the dramatic mountain scenery and lochs. Our hosts were incredibly welcoming and even had cold beers and milk and coffee waiting for us in the cabin. Wonderfully cosy for the night, it was the perfect spot to do a bit of star gazing outside in the cool night air. Book Now.
The Crofter’s Snug
East Mey, United Kingdom
Our favourite of all the places we stayed, this little eco pod cabin on a crofters field. Overlooking the North Sea was the perfect place to unwind after a long days travel. The pod was incredibly warm and we woke up to the most amazing un-interrupted views across the water. Our hosts here were so welcoming and friendly and offered us loads of advice for our next steps of our adventure. Just down the road from here you’ll also find Mey Castle, it’s also a short drive from John O’ Groats. Book Now.
Highland Apartments by Mansley
Bridge Street, Inverness IV1 1HD
Inverness was quite expensive for accommodation wherever we looked, so in the end of we decided to just pay the difference and get somewhere central. The Highland Apartments offered everything we needed to be able to cook ourselves to save on costs, a home away from home for the night. The apartments were very spacious, and even offered private parking. Ideal for us having a car for the journey! With most apartments offering a balcony, they come with riverside views and overlook to the city or castle. Book Now.
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