The Official North Coast 500 route begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle. The Castle is a perfect starting point to the route as perched on the hill and offers unparelled views over the capital city of the Highlands.
Bringing together a route of just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery, the route path naturally follows the main roads across the coastal edges of the North Highlands taking in the villages and towns of places like Ullapool, Durness, John O'Groats, Dornoch and Inverness.
The North Coast 500 (NC500) was created in 2014 by the North Highland Initiative. The North Highland Initiative (NHI) is a non-profit organisation that was established by HRH, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in 2005 in an effort to develop economic growth across the North Highlands. NHI works across three main sectors; food and drink, tourism and built environment. It was through the Tourism Project Board, that the idea of the NC500 was born. The concept of the NC500 was developed in order to create a tourism product that the whole of the North Highlands could benefit from and with such natural beauty already on offer, it was from there that the idea was formed.
The NC500 App is designed to allow you to discover the North Coast 500 while on the move, and providall of the information you will need to complete the North Coast 500.
With hundreds of things to see and do, you are going to need your handy app with you to make sure you don't miss anything out! Search for businesses across the map, identify places to stop and see how close you are to great attractions, all on the new NC500 app!
The app will be available offline too - so when you are surrounded by the splendour of the natural Highlands, you will still be able to find out where you nearest watering hole is.
Pitcalzean (pronounced three different ways even by locals but most commonly the phonetic form was used) provided a comfortable, beautifully appointed and well maintained base for us. Giant wood burning stoves AND central heating kept us cosy and rooms varying from baronial to plain and simple, accommodated us very comfortably. Development work is on-going there and the adjoining barn, already a venue for ceilidhs for house guests, would be available another time and provide us with a good communal gathering space, especially in poor weather....”
About Pitcalzean House
This large self-catering property is available for exclusive use. Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House with a distinguished past. It is one of the finest large properties available to rent on the NC500. This self-catering property in the Scottish Highlands is available and is perfect for large groups, family holidays or reunions. The property is available as a corporate meeting venue in the North of Scotland. Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House available as a Wedding Venue.
You will get a personal co-ordinator to help with the catering, hold your own ceilidh and help reccomend local activities. Pitcalzean House is a large property available for exclusive use which sleeps up to 38 in the house and cottage.
With its own party barn this property is ideal as an exclusive party venue.