North Coast 500 Scotland

North Coast 500

The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile (830 km) scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.[1] The North Coast 500 (Also known as NC500) was created by the North Highland Initiative and was designed to bring together the best of the north Highlands of Scotland in one iconic touring route.

Route

The route runs through the traditional counties of Inverness-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland and Caithness.

Working clockwise, the route starts at Inverness and runs via Muir of Ord, Applecross, Gairloch, Ullapool, Durness, Thurso, John o’Groats, Wick, Dunrobin Castle, Dingwall then back to Muir of Ord and Inverness.[2]

History

The concept of the North Coast 500 was launched in March 2015 by the Tourism Project Board of the North Highland Initiative (NHI) in an attempt to work with all aspects of the tourism sector to bring unified benefits to businesses across the route.[3] It was identified that a gap existed in the market within the North Highlands for a tourism offering that included each county of the area (Caithness, Sutherland & Ross-shire) and that the North Coast 500 would address that. The initiative was supported by Visit Scotland and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

In 2015 the route was named fifth in Now Travel Magazine’s “Top 5 Coastal Routes in the World”.[4] It has been described as “Scotland’s Route 66“.[5]

Ireland.

We’re in Ireland! (Me and Rebecca) 

We have 10 days to explore on our bikes. Once again wild camping.

Left Wellingborough at 5am Saturday. Was suppose to leave at 4am. Very swift drive to Anglesey, just in time! caught the ferry to Dublin. Very choppy crossing! Lucky I don’t suffer from sea sickness. Lots of very poorly people clutching paper bags. Rebecca managed to hold herself together and didn’t a bag. 

We are currently following a canal path to the west of Ireland. 

That’s all folks.

Rotterdam Holland – Dalaman Turkey (plus a bonus trip to Rhodes) 4.5hrs back to London!
13 countries, 3months, 6days and just shy of 3700miles. 

Two tires, 4 inner tubes, 10 punctures, one chain, new sprocket, two set of peddles, two sets of brake pads. And one sore arse! 🙂

Thank you for following my journey! Thank you for all the great comments. I have read every one! Thank you Rebecca, for doing the blog updates. Wouldn’t of been possable without my uk technical support!.

Thank you to all the kind people in this world who fed & watered me and gave me their homes.

Look forward to seeing you all! Here’s to the next trip. Cheers! 

My week on an island

My week on an island.
Arrived in Marmaris early last Sunday afternoon, booked the fast catamaran ferry to Rhodes.
Couldn’t find a good wild camping spot. Settled down for the night on a hotel sun-bed. Awoken at 3am by hotel staff “you can’t stay here, go home” I replied I’ve got no home. This is my home, my bike.
Okay. Returns and puts a towel over me, goodnight. Cheers.
I have spent one week on Rhodes, Living on beaches. Traveled south down the island spending a couple night on the way but cycling quickly though Faliraki or little England to Kiotari. Beautiful beach with trees for shade. While laying on the beach without a plan wondering what to do. A German man and his daughter asked me me about my trip. Suggests beer, great idea! Ended up spending three nights on that beach, lovely German family. We hired a couple scooters. 80c Peugeots!

Hateful slow noisy bags of..

But got all four of us over the the other side of the island also visiting the end of the island where the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea meet, Mediterranean side calm the Aegean Sea choppy. Always very windy. Perfect for wind sports.
After every day I would wait until people left the beach and then make camp. Known as the guy who lives on the beach. Awaking to the sunrise, quick swim, make coffee and then my new friend would arrive for his early swim. Perfect life.
Yesterday I left Kiotari for Afandou about 30km’s where it’s only 25kms to Rhodes town and the ferry port. Today I’m in Rhodes old town. I’ll catch the boat back to Marmaris then cycle about 100km to Dalaman. Where I’ll make camp for a couple nights before my flight on Wednesday.
I’ll post pictures when I get a good connection. Cheers!

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