Wild Camping on the North Coast 500
Starting and ending in Inverness (one of our favourite Scottish cities) the North Coast 500 is a 500-mile coastal drive that takes in some of Scotland’s most impressive and often breath-taking scenery.
And thanks to the Land Reform Act of 2003, you can now camp on pretty much any unenclosed land you find, meaning that if there’s an open space close to a gorgeous beach, you are actually allowed to pop up a tent and spend the night for free... In return the locals would much appreciate it if you're respectful and tidy up after yourself - fair trade!
So, if you find yourself a little strapped for cash, this long and winding road could also be an inexpensive way to have a holiday to remember.
As well as an abundance of beautiful beaches, you’ll also be surrounded by lochs, vast moors, hilly terrains, and of course the open road.
Plus, because of the nature of its geography, the north of Scotland is full of hidden coves and quiet places, so you shouldn’t be short of private beaches to pitch up at.
And honestly, what could be better than waking up to see the sun rise over you own deserted beach?
Well possibly being fortunate enough to spy a pod of dolphins or, if you’re really lucky, a family of orca swimming out in the ocean. But if you don’t manage that, there’s still plenty of wildlife to see. There are Ospreys fishing in the lochs, deers grazing, Guillemot and Turns on every beach and cliff, and of course no trip to the highlands would be complete without highland cattle.
So if you want a holiday with a difference and you don’t mind the idea of leaving behind your creature comforts, then wild camping on the north coast 500 could be the perfect getaway for you.