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.