Navigate one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads, covering over 500 miles of the most stunning scenery the British Isles has to offer, and traverse the perimeter of Scotland this spring. Experience Scotland’s answer to the world-famous Route 66, the North Coast 500, which runs from Inverness around both Scotland’s East and West coast, taking in everything from John O’Groats and the country’s northernmost shores, to the shorelines of the Inner Hebrides.
You’ll find a huge range of scenery and cultural landmarks en route, including historic centuries-old castles, world famous whisky distilleries, breath-taking mountain ranges, windswept cliffs, the nation’s most unspoiled beaches, as well as comfortable accommodation along the route with Bespoke Hotels collection of boutique and unique hotels across Scotland.
Tulloch Castle, Dingwall
￼ Tulloch Castle dates from the 12th century, when the Bains and later the Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. Like its lively history, the castle's fortunes have changed many times. Now, it stands as a magnificent hotel, retaining many of its period features, including the 250-year old panelled Great Hall, and painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ceilings. In days of old, only the Laird or the Chief of the Clan could enjoy a relaxing stay in a Scottish highland castle. Thankfully, times have changed. Today, Tulloch Castle has 20 well-appointed en suite bedrooms, each with their own unique character and charm. Guests are given a warm welcome, and can expect splendid hospitality, comfortable surroundings and superb food.
Stretch your legs and explore Dingwall from just £34.00 per person per night, including two night’s accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, and dinner on the first night of your stay.
The Caledonian Hotel, Ullapool
￼ Built in the early 1900s, the 83-bedroom Caledonian Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the area. It still boasts a quiet, friendly and welcoming atmosphere and pleasant gardens. The Hotel overlooks Ullapool’s working harbour and the colourful fishing boats on Loch Broom. With views of the hotel gardens, the Mackenzie Restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional Scottish dishes, freshly cooked using local, seasonal ingredients. For those who love the great outdoors, there are plenty of activities on offer, from sea and loch fishing, to deer stalking. For a day trip, guests can order a packed lunch from the hotel and take a ferry over to the picturesque Isle of Lewis. A ferry departs from Ullapool for Stornoway twice daily. The Caledonian epitomises the relaxed pace of life in the Highlands; with its coal-burning fire and views of the harbour, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Visit this historic region from just £26.50 per person per night, including two night’s accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, and dinner on your first night.
The Royal Hotel, Thurso
￼ The Royal Hotel in Thurso is based in the north coast of Scotland, on the beautiful burgh of Caithness. Regarded as the gateway to Orkney, it offers miles of white sandy beaches, scraggy headlands and dramatic cliffs, making it an ideal place for a true getaway. There are 103 en suite bedrooms, offering guests a comfortable and enjoyable base from which to explore the area. With its coastal location, the Royal Hotel, Thurso is well placed for sightseeing. John O’Groats, the Castle of Mey and Old St Peter’s Church are all a short drive away.
Enjoy a true getaway from just £32.00 per person per night, including two night’s accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, and dinner on your first night.
The Gairloch Hotel, Gairloch Bay
Nestled beside Gairloch Bay, The Gairloch Hotel overlooks several quiet, secluded beaches, as well as offering spectacular views of the world famous Isle of Skye. Surrounded by a landscape rich in wildlife with unspoilt shores, lochs and mountains, The Gairloch Hotel provides a perfect base for holiday makers to take in some of the most beautiful scenery to be found in Britain. With 70 bedrooms, as well as a restaurant and lounge bar, guests can enjoy a calendar of live entertainment on site, alongside all the tranquillity associated with the beautiful scenery of Wester Ross. Raasay, and the Western Isles.
Explore on of the UK’s richest landscapes from just £54 per person per night, including two night’s accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, dinner on one night, as well as maps of the best local walking routes.
The Dornoch Hotel, Dornoch
Set in its own grounds in a truly historic corner of the Scottish Highlands, overlooking the esteemed Royal Dornoch Golf Course and bordered by pristine beaches and forestry walks, The Dornoch Hotel boasts 105 bedrooms, two restaurants, and spectacular views. Located within easy reach of the historic town of Dornoch, home to a spacious square and winding streets as well as its spectacular 13th century cathedral, the Dornoch Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the Highlands and some of Scotland’s most unspoiled coastline.
Explore this rugged region from just £52 per person per night, including two night’s accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, dinner on one night, as well as maps of the best local routes.