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The North Coast of Scotland 500 for less: the best budget hotels, hostels and campsites on the NC500 route


Sango Sands Oasis is one of the best located campsites in the country, offering stunning views of the Durness Coast (Shutterstock)

The 517 mile course is punctuated with luxury stays for the big spenders, from the Torridon to the Achnagairn Estate. Affording such a stay is out of the question for many, especially once you’ve figured out the fuel and travel costs, but there are countless budget boutique stays for the more frugal traveler.

Road tripers are recommended to allow themselves seven to eight days to complete the trip, making stops in and around: Tain, John O’Groats, Durness, Lochinver, Poolewe, Torridon and Inverness. With this in mind, we have unearthed affordable stays, but just as enchanting, in traditional refreshments.

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The village of Poolewe is perched above the River Ewe (Shutterstock)

Tain: Kincraig Castle Hotel

Luxury on the Scottish answer to Route 66 can be affordable.

Located less than ten miles south of Tain in Invergordon, the Kincraig Castle Hotel offers sensational value for traveling couples looking for a special first stay to begin their trip.

A classic double room at the 4-star hotel can cost just £ 65 a night in the historic Mackenzie Clan House.

The NC500 passes through Glen Torridon (Shutterstock)

John O’Groats: Bower Wigwam

A visit to Britain’s northernmost point is a must for anyone embarking on the road trip of a lifetime and a stay at Bower Wigwam will ensure the trip will be unforgettable.

Located less than 10 miles south of John O’Groats, the cozy camping pods are again a great place for couples and cost just £ 33 per person.

Durness: Oasis of Sango Sands

The coast of Durness is as beautiful as it is wild and a stay at Sango Sands Oasis guarantees that you will spend your precious time close to the rugged splendor of the region.

Perched above Loch Eribol and considered one of the best campsites in the country, pitches cost just £ 9.50 per adult.

Lochinver: Acheninver Inn

Set in the Assynt wilderness, Lochinver is an enchanting outpost on the NC500 trail.

The Acheninver Inn is located south of the village and offers stunning views of the Summer Islands. Travelers can lie down for the evening in one of their cozy glamping areas – with private bathroom, balcony and sea view – for just £ 27.50 per person.

Poolewe: Gardens of Inverewe

After a day spent exploring the northwest coast and feasting on fish and chips in Ullapool, travelers tend to end their day in and around the village of Poolewe.

Just north of the village is the stunning Inverewe Gardens campsite which offers stunning views of Lochewe and is a great vantage point for sunsets if the weather is in your favor.

Campsites cost £ 7.20 per adult.

Torridon: Torridon Youth Hostel

The Torridon Road is the highlight of many travelers’ journeys along the NC500.

Set in the shadow of one of the towering peaks of Glen Torridon, the Torridon Youth Hostel is a cheap and cheerful place to reflect on your remarkable day with bunk beds costing just £ 23 per person.

Inverness: Columba Inverness Hotel

Inverness tends to serve as a starting or ending point for an NC500 road trip, and the Columba Hotel will make sure you end or begin your trip in a comfortable way.

Situated on the banks of the River Ness, the four-star hotel offers sublime value for staying duos, with double rooms at just £ 47.


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