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Post by nelly111s » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:07 pm

I'm going to be doing the NC500 in September, with a few additions, taking in Orkney and Skye on the way.

Has anyone any recommendations for
a) places to go
b) places to stay
c) things to take
d) anything car related for a long journey in a Lotus

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Re: NC500

Post by chrisdb » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:30 pm

Go have a look on the Scottish Elise’s forum - they have a thread there with loads of local knowledge and good tips.
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Post by Jono » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:24 pm

There's also a Facebook group you might want to look up Neil; 'Nc500 Places to Stay and Eat'.
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Re: NC500

Post by nelly111s » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:21 pm

I'm on that page Jono, but it mainly seems adverts from people advertising themselves or a vacant room, rather than punters with recommends. {personal recommends from the Norlog Massive would be great!

Chris, I'll look at Scottish Elise's forum, thanks.
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Post by Dave C » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:57 pm

Si & Jane went up last year, I am sure they will come along with some info
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Post by chrisdb » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:33 am

I found the thread.

https://www.scottishelises.com/phpbb/vi ... =2&t=43886

Think you might have to register for the link to work though.

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Post by nelly111s » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:47 pm

Chris,
Thanks, the link worked without registration. Some good info and pics.

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Post by Thommo » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:29 am

Just come back. Happy to give you details of places we stayed and (mostly) enjoyed.
Went quickly up the east side as I cycled that bit (Land's End to John O'Groats) in 2016 but the West Coast was stunning. We detoured to Orkney for one night and really enjoyed that.
Wanted to do Skye too but advised we'd need more than a couple of days/nights to enjoy fully.
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Re: NC500

Post by janey300 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:17 pm

I'm jealous Neil one of the best road trips we have done!!


We started at Oban then basically went to Mull & Skye (preferred Mull) back on the mainland and did the west side first doing the route clockwise.

We stayed in hotels and posh pods if that's your thing.

We stayed at Loch Lochy nice hotel on the loch and drove the A82 on to the A87 up to the the Kyle of Lochalsh where we picked the NC500 up. The A87 was a fanatastic stretch of road if you can squeeze this in I would recommend!!


Applecross is worth a trip over not a drivers road but scenery is amazing and the fish and chips in Applecross was the best we have had.

We stayed at Gairloch and then onto Lochinver where there is a fantastic pie shop! There is detour worth taking just coming out of Lochinver B869 very scenic and call in at Flossie's!

The Chocolate shop near Durness is worth a visit and there is a stunning beach just down the road from the chocolate shop Balnakeil Beach.

Our last stop was before Inverness was Tongue hotel nice hotel.

We did the tourist thing and went to John o Groats.

Dunrobin Castle is woth a visit.

The roads are fantastic drivers roads the traffic wasn't to busy and most folk pulled over and let us by even the campervans of which there was a few. Loads of info online and loads of places to see.

Things to take? a Scottish playlist :)

Would be good to this as group one day!

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Re: NC500

Post by adesmith » Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:20 pm

How long does it take to get around without loads of hours in the car?

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Re: NC500

Post by nelly111s » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:31 pm

Im doing about 12 days, but taking in 3 days on Orkney and a few days in Arisaig via Skye on the way. It about a 1400 / 1500 mile round trip, but 600 miles of that are the way up and back (boring). Most days are about 80-100 miles so I guess 2 or 3 hours driving, tops.

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Re: NC500

Post by stratosboy » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:03 am

most people seem to do it clockwise for some reason, so if you want to overtake less, try doing it anticlockwise - some fantastic driving roads up there.
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Re: NC500

Post by janey300 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:19 pm

We did it over 2 weeks with stays on mull & Skye we basically drove 2 to 3 hours between hotels stayed a couple of nights and moved on you could easily do it in 3 to 4 days driving every day we did it clockwise
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Re: NC500

Post by nelly111s » Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:52 pm

Anticlockwise for me. Save the best bits for last :D

I've done most of it in the past, on various fishing trips. Some of which in the 80's in a Mk2 Escort ;)

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