The num­bers

Scottish Field - - NORTH COAST 500 -


The NC500 ac­tu­ally slightly un­der­bills it­self: the route really comes in at a to­tal of 516 miles. Set­ting out on the round trip from the stun­ning In­ver­ness Cas­tle, Scot­land’s an­swer to Route 66 cer­tainly crams in plenty of stun­ning scenery.


Ac­cord­ing to the NC500 Busi­ness Sur­vey in 2016, the route has been re­spon­si­ble for the cre­ation of an es­ti­mated 200 jobs, with 57 of the busi­nesses sur­veyed say­ing they would be hir­ing more staff.


The route has be­come an en­durance test for cy­clists since it was launched, and on 18 June 2016, Com­mon­wealth Games medal win­ner James McCal­lum com­pleted the full cir­cuit in un­der 32 hours, with nearly 29 of those spent in the sad­dle.


The team be­hind the NC500 sug­gest spend­ing a min­i­mum of seven days on the route, although you could spend weeks ex­plor­ing the re­gion.

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