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Anti clockwise or clockwise?

Stevetheroofer Avatar
19 Aug 2020 8:16PM
Hoping to do the North coast 500 in Scotland in a couple of weeks in our motorhome (just me, the wife and our Jack Russell ) but not sure which is best .... clockwise or anticlockwise which way would you do it and why? Is there anything we should see or try and avoid, advice and suggestions welcome

Umberto_V Avatar
19 Aug 2020 9:05PM
Be prepared. The dreaded midge are out in force this year.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
20 Aug 2020 9:37AM
Personally I wouldn't think it matters which way you go - and everywhere, I think is fascinating, just a wealth of beautiful views. I remember the first time I went I couldn't get over the beauty of the countryside. Fort George - a wartime soldier's barracks but much more beside and an interesting building with some lovely views (if you get good weather), Dunnotar Castle, just south of Aberdeen, Glamis Castle, the birth place of the Queen Mother and also the setting of Macbeth. There are castles everywhere many you can 'go round'. You will be spoilt for choice. Battles and historical sites abound - I hope you both fall in love with it - I know I did.
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Railcam 16 967 2 Scotland
20 Aug 2020 11:18AM
I was once told the the best way is anti clockwise. The reason, you go up the east side and when you turn west, you are looking at the mountains. the other way you are coming out of the mountains and just looking at the rather flat "flow" lands.

Dornoch beach is beautiful as is the Kyle of Tongue.
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Willpower 12 534 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2020 2:09PM
Personally I did it anti clockwise using my own route and stopping in B&B's along the way, as an independant. I ended up branching off to the Isle of Skye. Somewhere that should not be missed.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
21 Aug 2020 10:52AM
One advantage of going clockwise is that you can start - Lake District - Gretna Green - ... both 'must see' places if you are going north. (And even add in the church featured in The Da Vinci Code Rosslyn Chapel).
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Railcam 16 967 2 Scotland
21 Aug 2020 5:33PM
Presumably Rosslyn Chapel would be visited at the end of the clockwise circuit as it is on the east side, south of Edinburgh.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
22 Aug 2020 11:10AM
I didn't follow a 'course' but my nose - hence Rosslyn Chapel being at the beginning - if you notice I did say 'even add on'. I tend to prefer no defined route, as I have found I come across so many little pearls which otherwise might be missed. I actually quite enjoy getting lost!
Stevetheroofer Avatar
22 Aug 2020 11:38AM
Thanks for your suggestions, we are feeling anti clockwise is the way to go. I do like the idea of straying from the route and I often do on other journeys which often leads to exciting manoeuvres in the 8m motorhome which keeps the wife on the edge of her seat!

We will probably set off on the Friday evening from Staffordshire stopping first night in Carlisle or thereabouts and heading to Loch Garten to get some red squirrel 🐿 and crested tit photos before heading on the NC500 for about 10 days or so

Tianshi_angie Avatar
22 Aug 2020 1:32PM
I can understand that getting lost in a motorhome could be a little perilous. I have occasionally ended in a very precarious position myself in a car. Hope you have a wonderful time and I have found Scottish folk extremely warm and hospitable - for the most part!
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Railcam 16 967 2 Scotland
22 Aug 2020 2:34PM
I hope you have an enjoyable trip Steve. As a sassenach living in Scotland for 35 years, the Scots are very friendly on an individual basis.
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
24 Aug 2020 5:09PM
The planets go that way too.
Get the sunrises first, then the sunsets. Doesn't that make sense?
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polis_928tadw59 13 7.3k United Kingdom
25 Aug 2020 4:36PM
In a motorhome ? The Applecross area and Pass of the Cattle are really worth a visit, but being in a motor home it is not worth the risk. Google 'Pass of the Cattle' and you will see what I mean.
Stevetheroofer Avatar
25 Aug 2020 6:29PM
We are planning to avoid a couple of the twisty bits, my give them a go on our bikes, unless the weather doesn't behave


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