NC 500 Tour options

As Starfish Travel operates from St Andrews we offer NC500 tours as 5 & 6 day tours to which you can obviously add days. You can start your tour from anywhere else in Scotland as well.

One of the main attractions of the NC500 is the remoteness of this beautiful part of Scotland, so please expect there to be limited phone signal and internet. Furthermore, if you really would like to get off the grid you could opt to drive as far as Durness and then start walking for a day and use one of the MBA’s Boothies for an over night stay. You can only reach these walking…Kevin Boothy is one example.

Above you see a map of the full NC500 route starting from St Andrews alternatively the tour can also start in Edinburgh or other places.

Throughout this article we will show a small selection of options. 

Do feel free to tell us your preferences or wishes and we will create a tour exactly how you want it. For instance if you want to use your NC500 experience to get away from it all you might want to explore the west of Durness which is not accessible by car. Sandwood Bay is Scotlands most remote beach. If you are intrigued read the “Highland Hermit” by James Carron

Six Day NC500 Itinerary :

Day 1:

8.30 am Pick up St Andrews 

10 am Blair Castle 

12.00 noon Dalwhinnie Distillery, Tour & light lunch

3 pm Aviemore Coffe break & walk

6 pm Strathpfeffer Hotel Check in & dinner 

Suggestions for accommodation:

Craigvar B&B 

Attractions on your way
The Hermitage 

Dunkeld Cathedral 

House of Bruar 


Dewar’s Distillery

Highland Chocolatier 

Cairngorm National Park 

Strathspey Railway Rothiemuchus Estate -Outland film location

Day 2:

9am Leave Strathpfeffer

10 am Dornoch

11.30 am Dunrobin Castle Tour, Gardens & light lunch

4 pm John O Groats

6 pm Thurso Hotel check in & Dinner

Suggestions for accommodation:

Pentland Lodge House

Other attractions Dornoch

Discover Dornoch

Visit Dornoch

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Falls of Shin

Dunrobin Castle

John ‘O Groats

Britain’ most northern Golf Club


Duncansby Head


Day 3:

9 am leave Thurso

9.30 Caithness Horizon

11 am Wolfburn Distillery Tour

2pm Torrisdale Bay

3pm Durness & Balnalkeil Craft Vallage

5.30 pm Balnakeil Beach

7.30 pm The Whale Tale dinner

Suggestions for accommodation:
The Hideaway 

Day 4:

9 am Leave Durness either for Kinlochbervie (35mins) to walk to Sandwood Bay or depending on the weather or to Scourie (40 mins) to take a boat to Handa Island

2 pm Stoer

6pm Dinner at Peet’s Restaurant

Suggestions for accommodation:


Day 5:

9 am Leave Lochinver

10 am Ullapool Coffee stop and shopping

1 pm Gairloch Beach

3 pm Shieldaig

4 pm Fearnmore

5.30 pm Applecross

Suggestions for accommodation:

Applecross Inn

Day 6 

9 am Leave Applecross via The Beach Na Ba’

1 pm Lunch in Aviemore 

3.30 pm Dunkeld Coffee & cathedral 

6.30 pm St Andrews

Potential 5 day route:



Strathnaver Museum

Castlehill Heritage Centre

Reay Golf Club

Clynelish Whisky Distillery

Wolfburn Distillery

Rock Rose Gin

Durness Golf Club

Balnakeil Beach

Smoo Cave

Rock Rose Gin

Balnakeil Craft Village

Knockan Crag

National Nature Reserve

Dunnet Head Nature Reserve

Sandwood Bay

Northern Lights

Highland Stoneware Lochinver

Balblair Distillery

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