Starting and ending in Inverness, the North Coast 500 makes a meandering loop around mainland Britain's wildest region, delivering intrepid travellers to (relatively) little visited mountains, glens, rivers, lochs, beaches, caves, castles and villages. Just to be clear, the North Coast 500 isn't an actual physical 'thing' - there is no specific purpose built North Coast 500 infrastructure - so much as a clever and well executed marketing concept. It's an itinerary and a brand, brilliantly elegant in its simplicity and functionality.
But enough blethering and bleating: let's hit the road.
(*We actually started from our home west of Aberdeen, but photos are all from within the NC500 zone.)