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Driving the NC500 in winter (yes...WINTER!!)

Fork_and_FootFork_and_Foot Member ✭✭
edited January 2017 in Touring and Road Trips
Hi all!

We've only just finished our NC500 adventures and have been keeping an online diary of sorts (one entry per day, full of heaps of photos and a description of what we got up to).

Winter isn't the preferred time of travel for most people that drive the NC500, but we've thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and thought that our experiences may help others in planning their own NC500 itinerary!

If you're interested, click through the following link and see how it all went :)

If you've got any questions whatsoever, please ask away!!

Andrew and Karen.


  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
    Over the last few years I've driven much of the nc500 roads in early March. The roads are much better without the traffic over summer time. 
    Bespoke tours.
    Whisky, Castles and Food a speciality.
  • Fork_and_FootFork_and_Foot Member ✭✭
    For sure! Now that we're on the Isle of Skye we've seen a marked increase in traffic, but prior to that we were passing perhaps one or two dozen other vehicles on the roads in a whole day...and most of those were locals! It's been so good knowing you can stop anywhere (within reason) and take a photo, or check the map etc... One of the biggest up sides of driving the NC500 in winter :)
  • Fork_and_FootFork_and_Foot Member ✭✭
    Hi everyone!

    This is just a quick update to let you know that we've just published this EPIC guide to driving the NC500 in winter!!

    Your Ultimate Guide to Driving the NC500 in Winter

    We see the route becoming so popular during summer that many people are having to seriously consider shoulder seasons and winter as an alternative. So we thought this guide would help show you what you can expect, and to talk about some of the things you will need to do, to ensure you not only have a great road trip, but that you return home safe!

    Andrew and Karen.
  • LiketotravelLiketotravel Member ✭✭
    My first family trip to Scotland and I would appreciate some helpful tips.
    1) I'll be staying in Tweedbank, Scottish Border. Where can I get good deals for car rental?
    2) Where is the nearest car pick-up & drop-off points?
    3) I'm from Malaysia. Any restriction about using my Malaysian driving license in Scotland & UK, in general?

    About place of interest:
    1) Which is more enjoyable - Loch Lomond or Loch Ness?
    2) If I go for Loch Lomond, is it still necessary to go for Loch Ness? Are they similar in terms of things to see & do?
  • ChefprovChefprov Member
    We are taking our second trip to Scotland THIS December!  We can only travel in December. We had a great time when we went last. ! No bugs,,, cheaper rates,, less tourists,, WISKY keeps ya warm NO WORRIES 
  • Fork_and_FootFork_and_Foot Member ✭✭
    Yes!!! We agree 100% Chefprov!

    You're so lucky to be going back a second time. Got a spare seat? :smile:

    One thing to watch out for though is that this year is forecast to be the worst in 10 years, with snow from November through to February.

    With that in mind, we've just finished updating our NC500 driving guide, and you can find it here: Driving the NC500 in Winter 

    Happy travels!
    Andrew and Karen.
  • Aye but they say it’s going to be the worst winter every year. I reckon they’re just hedging their bets!

  • Fork_and_FootFork_and_Foot Member ✭✭
    Most likely :D Still, when it comes to cars and snow/ice you can never be too careful.
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