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    Compare Our NC 500 Road Cycling Tours


    Duration: 7 days
    Days Riding: 6 days
    Longest Day: 104km / 64 miles
    Most Elevation in a Day: 1,344m / 4,410 feet
    Total Distance: 413km / 257 miles
    Total Elevation: 5,320m / 1,7454 feet


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    Self Guided+

    Duration: 7 days
    Days Riding: 7 days
    Longest Day: 148km / 93 miles
    Most Elevation in a Day: 7,064 ft / 2,153 m
    Total Distance: 805 km / 500 miles
    Total Elevation: 10,635m / 34,893 feet
    Difficulty: At Your Own Pace


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    Challenge with Mark Beaumont

    Duration: 5 days
    Days Riding: 4 days
    Longest Day: 257km / 161 miles
    Most Elevation in a Day: 2940m / 9,643ft
    Total Distance: 805km / 500 miles
    Total Elevation: 10,492m / 34,423 feet


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    The Route

    The North Coast 500, often described as Scotland’s Route 66, take in some of Scotland’s most impressive wild places, from the mountains and lochs of Wester Ross and Assynt to the rugged sea cliffs of Sutherland. The ever-changing landscape will take your breath away, leaving you eager to get back in the saddle wanting more every day.

    Starting and ending in the Highland Capital of Inverness, the 500mi/800km route around Scotland’s North Coast offers an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.

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    The North Coast 500 - Highlights


    Ride the best sections of The North Coast 500, on a 7-day road cycling tour through the untamed beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Travel our North Coast 500 cycling holiday to experience a satisfying active journey – swap four wheels for two.

    • Ride the best sections of the spectacular NC 500 touring route.
    • Cycle through the incredible scenery of northern Scotland on winding tarmac past towering mountains, sandy beaches and rolling wilderness.

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    The North Coast 500 - Challenge with Mark Beaumont


    For 2 limited dates only, we’re offering the chance to ride 500 epic miles around the Scottish coast in the company of record-breaking round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont.

    • Cycle 500mi and climb/descend over 10,000m of epic Highland roads.
    • Ride in the company of Mark Beaumont – the fastest person to have cycled round the world.
    • Experience the breathtaking landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Coastline.

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    The North Coast 500 - Self Guided+ Cycling

    At Your Own Pace

    This version of the North Coast 500 is ideal for cyclists who prefer to travel at their own pace, and have a bit more flexibility. Though there’s no guide on the road with you, you’ll benefit instead with the services of a soigneur, who will take care of the details, and is a qualified bike mechanic who will provide bike assistance and routine bike care throughout the trip. They With the support of a soigneur, you’re free to focus on the riding which will take you through some of the most spectacular roads and scenery in Europe. From the breathtaking and ancient mountains of Torridon to the wild coasts of Assynt and the vast moorland of Sutherland, this is an incredible trip of a lifetime which should be on every cyclist’s bucket list.

    • Cycle along isolated roads with the spectacular ancient mountains of Torridon as your backdrop.
    • Ride the famous Bealach na Ba – voted as the best day cycle in the UK.
    • Enjoy speeding along the welcoming fast and rolling roads of the Black Isle.

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    Self-Drive - The North Coast 500

    Difficulty: Your Own Pace

    This self-drive holiday explores the dramatic North Coast 500 on a tour of the north of Scotland while enjoying privately guided walks, wonderful boat trips and staying in deluxe small hotels.

    • Ride the best sections of the spectacular NC 500 touring route.
    • Arrive at Scotland’s most northerly point by bike.
    • Cycle through the incredible scenery of northern Scotland on winding tarmac past towering mountains, sandy beaches and rolling wilderness.

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    How Will You Explore The North Coast 500?

    Our holidays reviewed
    in your own words

    It was an experience of a lifetime. My husband had never done anything like this before and was lamenting before the trip about how he had let himself be talked into such a thing. He enjoyed it immensely, in spite of the weather conditions and being worried about my injury. We learned things about ourselves and saw a country from a very intimate perspective. We consider ourselves very lucky to have been able to walk the WHW together and would recommend Wilderness Scotland without hesitation.

    Judi Florence
    Self Guided - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 08/10/2018

    Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 4,801 reviews

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