Scotland Road Trip: North Coast 500

Travel Diary
Day 3-5

Our road trip around Scotland continues as we cover as much of the North Coast 500 as possible. It's a race against time as we try to make as much use out of the daylight as possible. 

From Inverness, Going up the North Coast 500. We continued on the North Coast 500 for 456 Miles. 

We made a point of stopping at the Falls of Foyers which was on our list of sights to see. There was a little cafe right near the entrance to the trail so we had a warm beverage and an IRN BRU before heading down to the falls.

The trail was really nice and steep, just how we like our trails after a long car ride. It was starting to rain a bit but luckily we had an umbrella. This made it possible to get some shots of the falls with our photo camera, the camera we use for video and our phones for Instagram. It's hard work seeing sights as a travel blogger but someone's gotta do it. The falls were well worth a visit. There is a lower viewing point as well. Our friend and designated driver help us take pictures and we helped with his. Neither of us are licensed to drive in the UK unfortunately so we were passengers.



The waterfall goes to Loch Ness which we drove past. We didn't see any Loch Ness monster though. Apparently the Loch Ness monster is not actually real, it's just folklore. 
We stopped for some Petrol (that's what they call it in the UK folks) before continuing our long drive to John O'Groats in the far north of Scotland. Dunnet Head  near John O'Groats is the furthest north point on mainland UK.
Giving you the real experience of being on a road trip
We listened to an eclectic mix of music to entertain us while driving. We passed all sorts of amazing scenery but it is a bit difficult to take pictures from a moving car.



We arrived in John O'Groats when it was dark and had a wee bit of trouble finding the Airbnb despite there not being very many houses in the village. We used our noggins and process of elimination to figure out which house it was and met up with the host. The place was huge and our host was very welcoming. She offered us Scotch and Scottish Gin if we so pleased and wifi internet. Our friend still had to do some homework so he was frantically trying to get the wifi working so he could complete his group project. Good times.


The place even came with a Christmas tree and a fireplace. I don't think Santa will be able to get through this fireplace.
The only Christmas tree in our holiday season.
We attempted to do some laundry but had some major issues with the washing machine so it ended up taking ages to finish but it all worked out in the end. It's not as if we had much else to do in Huna near John O'Groats at this time of night. It gets pitch black at 4:30pm here.

After 12years finished his homework and we figured out the laundry nonsense we decided to give the free scotch a wee sample being in Scotland and all. We sat around and talked awhile.


The next day we woke up and realised that we were right by the water. It was impossible to tell the night before in the pitch black. We packed our bags and headed out the door after splitting a can of soup 3 ways. It was the saddest breakfast but it was going to have to do as we needed to get more supplies.


We paid a visit to the top tourist spot at John O'Groats which is the sign and the colourful houses.

It was very windy there and we took as many pictures as we could before heading out onto the dock.


The waves were coming up pretty high on the wall but we got a few pictures before heading back.



We hit the road again and almost immediately stopped at Dunnet Bay on the way to take more pictures. The beach was so breath taking that we had to get out of the car. 




Doing the old 'Get dog poop off the shoe'
We hit the read again and were heading to a Cave that looked really cool called Smoo Cave on the Northern East Coast.


The drive took us through some crazy looking terrain with no one else in sight.

 The cave was a neat place. We walked down the path and entered the cave. There were some lights in the cave and a path leading to a huge waterfall. The cave was a bit dark but we took tons of photos to try to get a good one in the dark.






We walked up the other side of the park and too the scenic route back to the car. It was real windy and cold up there.

We hit the road again to try and make it to our airbnb before the sun was gone completely. 
We managed to find our place in Achiltibuie which is a very small village. It was just the one street.
The airbnb had everything we needed to make our food. We had picked up supplies on the way at Tesco.
We had some tea and watch some quality TV.
In the morning we got to see the view from our Airbnb window. We were pretty close to the water again.



We headed out on the single lane road. A lot of the roads up here were single roads where you had to watch out for oncoming traffic.The landscape around us was incredible but hard to capture with our cameras. I'm not sure our pictures do justice to the sights we were seeing.


 We saw more sheep up here than people. We happened upon a flock of sheep that was taking up the whole road just chilling. They seemed to know the drill though as they slowly got out of our way. They were polite sheep except they started following us for a bit.


Our next stop was Corrieshalloch Gorge which was a great sight to see. There was a bridge going over the gorge and looking down was a bit scary but made for a great detour on the road trip.




We made our way towards the Isle of Skye and made sure to pick up supplies before heading to our next airbnb on the remote Isle where we assumed food would be harder to come by.



Next follow our journey on the Isle of Skye.

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Comments

  1. Wow! So many sights. Sorry to hear you didn't run into Nessie, our underwater ally ;) I've heard that the water in Loch Ness is actually black, that's part of what makes it so mysterious.

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    1. Interesting, I've not heard that. That is probably where Nessie is hiding then!

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful trip and a cozy accommodation. So many things to do and see. By the way, what is a Loch Ness monster?

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    1. Loch Ness monster is a fictional character that lives in the Loch Ness.

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  3. My favourite part of the trip was certainly the falls! Looks cold and beautiful :) Is it possible to dive in as well?

    p.s. cute sheep :)

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    1. The sheep were amazing. Most of the falls were surrounded by fences, so I don't think they are meant for swimming.

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  4. Everything looks so cold and remote there. I have heard of the legend of the Loch Ness monster that I always wanted to visit the place. Sad that you didn't get to see it. Can't imagine the sun setting at 4:30PM here.

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    1. Normally it wouldn't be so cold and dark in Scotland, but we went during December.

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  5. Looks like you had a great time! and took so many pictures! Its a shame about the weather but you're always going to have that in Scotland... I really should visit seeing as i only live in London, i might just do that after reading this blog!

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    1. The weather was to be expected on a road trip in December! We hope you get there!

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  6. Really fun with a road trip. So many more possibilities to see new things and get of the beaten path. The weather really could be unpredictable this time of the year. I would probably not plan any longer road trip here in Sweden at the moment, a snow storm as the one yesterday with 20 cm of snow could really destroy the plans. Scotland is probably a good choice in comparison. As long as it is possible to get used to driving on the left side of the road, took me quite a while when driving in Namibia and South Africa. :)

    Have a great trip onward. :)

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    1. I dont think I'd plan one for Sweden at the moment either!

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  7. The Airbnb looks so cozy, especially with the Christmas tree. And the SHEEP! Adorable. We can't wait to do some kayaking when we finally make it to Scotland. What would be your recommendation for the prettiest lake you saw?

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    1. We had a lot of good airbnbs on this trip! Those sheep were the highlight for sure. Loch Lomond is a really nice lake and the biggest fresh water lake in the UK. You could also go to Loch Shiel as it is very scenic and they filmed some Harry Potter scenes here.

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  8. The falls look amazing. Scotland is one of our favorite places and we have fond memories of the place. Hope you are having a good time. The pictures are really stunning.

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    1. We had an amazing trip. Thanks! Glad to hear you had a similar experience.

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  9. Scotland has always been in my wishlist! Such a beautiful place it is! Glad to see so many pictures!

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    1. Scotland is amazing! Hope you get there one day!

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  10. That is an adventurous road trip. I too would love to explore those caves. May be there is a treasure there :)
    Great views captured along the drive.

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    1. Thanks very much. It felt like an adventure.

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  11. Such a fun and adventurous rood trip. The falls look great.I like the sheep pic a lot along with the roads :)

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  12. are you sure the monster was not there? Apart from Nessy, your roadtrip looks amazing! I have a lot of Friends that have done some similar trips and all their stories contribute to my willingness to go to Scotland! Landscapes, good beer, monster, folklore, sheeps... what else do we need? Best travel! E

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    1. Maybe he is out there but didn't see him. Haha. Yes Scotland is a good place to holiday.

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  13. Would love to visit Scotland, sooner rather than later. I would much prefer to be in a warmer weather though. The colorful houses look like a great destination and totally worth it despite the wind!

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    1. Yeah it was quite cold. You could go in warmer weather.

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  14. Oh this is freezing cold. I haven't been to Scotland.. But your elaborate post makes it intriguing. Thanks for the share. Enjoyed reading your experience.

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  15. Scotland is such a magical place! Scottish breathtaking landscapes and this mysterious aura amaze me all the time. I love visiting places like this :-)

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  16. What a wonderful collection of pictures! I love roadtrips, they're always an adventure. Also SHEEP!

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    1. Thank you. Road trips are an awesome way to experience a place! The sheep were the best part!

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