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Driving the North Coast 500
Driving the North Coast 500 in a Motorhome gives you the freedom to stop and explore whenever and wherever you feel the need. You can take as much time as you wish enjoying the route without foregoing your home comforts.
There is a very different side to driving the route in a Motorhome. We have put together a quick guide to Motorhome driving on the North Coast 500.
It’s only natural that you want to be fully stocked before you set off on your adventure, and yes, you may want to hit the local supermarket to fill the fridge. But here’s a thought, all the locals don’t have the convenience of a supermarket. The result is that the local produce is first class and tremendously fresh. Fish straight from the sea, locally farmed venison, beef and lamb and seasonal vegetables. Not only are you enjoying an authentic taste, you’re helping to sustain the local communities.
Speed – these vehicles are not built to go fast, and really why would you want to in a place as stunning as this? Your spacial awareness is far greater at lower speed. If unsure about an oncoming vehicle width or a gate, slow it down. If you’re having trouble seeing round a blind bend, slow it down. If you’re doubtful of a corner, slow it down.
The single carriageway roads are very easy to navigate and most drivers are courteous, so be like the majority. Give way when you can, let faster vehicles pass when it’s clear, pulling in safely if need be. Remember the more time you take the more you will see. Give consideration to locals who may be working, they’ve been keeping this area alive and are supplying all that beautiful fresh produce. Patience really is the name of the game.
Preparing for the North Coast 500
Most Motorhomes are larger than most of us are used to driving. That extra length and width can appear a little daunting. This is particularly relevant when passing cyclists, of which there can be many. Again patience and speed are key, give 2 metres where possible and never attempt a manoeuvre too near a bend relying on your speed, remember Motorhomes are not built for speed. Mirrors are your only means of seeing behind you so make good use of them.
The Highlands boasts a magnificent array of wildlife such as deer, highland cattle, rabbits, hares and sheep to name but a few. Now let’s be clear on this, they have not been taught the Highway Code. It’s their “manor” so give them a little space and be careful when passing as they can be a little erratic. Lambs in spring are particularly vulnerable and frighten easily.
There can be sudden and sometimes dramatic weather changes on the North Coast 500. It’s these extremes that help make the route so diverse and beautiful. These conditions also have to be taken into account when driving. Wet roads can be slippy, cross winds will effect the handling of the vehicle and low cloud and fog reduces visibility. Again speed should be reduced, if at all unsure, slow down – simple.
This is one of the finest routes in the world and using a Motorhome is one of the best ways to experience it.
North Coast 500 Motorhomes is the brainchild of business partners Derek Crosbie and Kenny Valentine. The meeting of minds from different backgrounds has brought life to the project.
The Route The North Coast 500 is a 517 mile scenic route that starts and ends at Inverness Castle. Designed to bring together the best of the Northern Highlands of Scotland in one iconic touring route.
A superb family layout, the interior layout consists of a large transverse double bed with a large garage area underneath, a king size bed in the overhead cab as well as another smaller double which can be converted from the dining area.
Our Latest Review
North Coast 500 Motorhomes was efficient in both the booking period and the after care, they even posted back our mobile phone and map that we left it in the motorhome.
The motorhome was clean and well maintained and we really appreciated the added extras – the motorhome had a map of Scotland, USB plugs, a welcome pack included: bread, milk,fruit, hobnobs, butter, tea coffee etc. and a large selection of every cleaning product you may need, and a selection of toiletries.
The bedding was pristine- everything was included pillows sheets duvets and covers, , so that we could travel with two double beds made up all of the time and .BBQ chairs etc. were also provided so that you could relax from the moment you started your trip.
Kenny was always available if you wanted to check anything, and he encouraged you not to worry but enjoy your holiday, and as it was there was nothing to worry about. Kenny had done such a good job showing us how to use the motorhome that we confident in most of the procedures.
The motorhome gives you the freedom to just head off into the countryside and be totally independent. we ‘Wild camped’ every night as there are so many beautiful places to park up and enjoy.
Thank you Kenny for the use of your motorhome we had an amazing holiday, the motorhome gave us the freedom to swim in the fairy polls for two days, be the first at the fairy glen and relax knowing that we never had to get anywhere as we had everyhting we needed with us in the motorhome.
Lizzie & Keith
News from NC500 Motorhomes
These last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic, we’ve had enquiries from all over the planet and from some well known people and Social media on the NC500 has been brought bang up to date with one of our clients.
This week saw ‘Gomez’ ( yes we name our vans ) go out with a social media guru from Copenhagen, Anthony Bogdan creates images for hundreds of thousands of followers of his Instagram account. He captures amazing images from wherever he travels, we will be publishing some of these images very soon but for a preview of the type of stuff he does you can follow his Instagram page ‘ Anthony Bogdan’.
We also have been in contact with a certain world breaking round the world cyclist looking for a motorhome for another world breaking record attempt, unfortunatley we have no availability but hopefully we will have the chance to work together in the future. Good luck to him in this next chapter of his adventure.
We thought it would be of great benefit to all our clients if you could message us with all the high points of your adventure on the NC500, there are so many great places that we would love to be able to share them with you all. A few personel favourites of mine incude the pie shop at Lochinver, oh boy the pies are sooo good. the beach at Achmelvic is simply out of this world, you could be on the med or the carribean and whats not to love about the surfing at Thurso. We would also love to see all some of your images for us to share on our social media.
We still have some availability for the summer months but we are filling up quickly, so give us a call to begin your own exciting adventure on Scotlands stunning North Coast 500.
Since the start of the year we have been inundated with enquiries, and its really interesting just how far we have managed to reach. We have clients looking to book from France, Denmark and even as far afield as Hong Kong as well as south of the border and indeed a few from bonnie Scotland. I knew the route was growing in popularity but I never knew by just how much.
We will now be spending the next couple of months preparing for all those bookings, making sure the motorhomes are in tip top shape, all the systems are tested and the safety certificates are up to date. We pride ourselves that the motorhomes are clean and ready for clients to make the most of what a motorhome holiday can offer.
We are so lucky here in Scotland to have so much to see and do with so much history. I was out running my local trails yesterday in the shadow of Roslin chapel ( the image is from the trail that runs alongside the chapel)and it got me round to thinking of just how much time you would need to see all of Scotland’s hotspots. Edinburgh alone would take some time to investigate before you head north or before you see the stunning Scottish borders. Having grown up here and toured extensively I am hopefully in the position of being able to point clients to the best sights within their time frame.
The New Year has brought with it a flurry of new enquiries so rather than disappoint we thought we would expand our fleet further. We decided to start looking at various options of motorhomes but realised fairly quickly that the tried and tested Rollerteam range offers the best for our clients, large living area, ample storage, quality kitchen facilities, bike racking and a large garage area all add to motorhome experience.
We decided to plump for the Zefiro 685. The layout of this motorhome is exceptional, it offers great accommodation for families or for one or two couples. The two single beds at the rear can easily be converted into a large double but that is not the best thing about it, glance up in the lounge area and you will see a shiny button, a turn of the key and a push on the down switch and like magic another double bed is lowered from the roof. This clever design means that there is far more living area than in previous models, the result of more living area is that both bedrooms can be separated by a screen with both rooms having access to the washroom.
I for one am super excited and can’t wait to test her out.