The North Coast 500 has been dubbed ‘Scotland’s Route 66’ in the past, one of the best journeys in the world when it comes to challenges, scenery and all round experience.
The journey takes in over 500 miles of Scottish beauty, following main roads across the coastal edges of the Northern Highlands and passing through the likes of Durness, John O’Groats and Inverness, where it starts and ends.
The recommended road cycling route for the NH500 takes nine days, with ranges spanning from 45 to 76 miles in a day. It can be demanding at times, but it’s definitely accessible for the everyday cyclist.
What isn’t so accessible to the everyday cyclist is doing what Mark Beaumont just did; completing all 517.7 miles of the NH500, climbing 10,462m, non-stop in 37 hours 56 mins. That’s including four punctures and a few pit-stops for those all-important peanut butter and jam sandwiches.