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The North Coast and the whole region of the Scottish highlands is very easy to get to regardless of where you are travelling from. The area is extremely well serviced with good rail and road links, notably the famous and wonderfully scenic West Highland Line, and Aberdeen and Inverness airports are 100 and 5 miles respectively from Inverness. A lot of people also fly into Prestwick Airport which is about 45 minutes south of Glasgow by road, or fast regular rail link.

Once in the area, North Coast 500 car hire, NC500bike hire and bus services are well established to offer you local service. For your assistance in planning a trip to Inverness & The Scottish Highland's, we have provided travel information and links to help you prepare your trip. Check out our useful links page for details of transportation options and other useful North Coast 500 information.

Locally in this area, there are taxi services in Inverness who will pick you up from any Scottish airport or railway station and they also provide Highland tours. You can compare flights to the area and then make arrangements to rent a carfrom any Scottish airport, or consider renting from a local garage here in Fort William, and this can be collected from Inverness Railway station or delivered to your hotel.

Petrol and diesel & Electric Vehicle charging points are now available in most larger towns, but always be aware of rural filling stations as they may not be open, depending on the time of year and how they are feeling that day. (as well as breakdown and repairs/servicing garages) are available 24 hours from Inverness and surrounding areas.

North Coast 500 Driving Tips

Some roads in the Scottish Highlands and islands are single-track roads. A single-track road or one-lane road is a road that permits two-way travel but is not wide enough in most places to allow vehicles to pass one another. To overcome this problem, many single-track roads, especially those officially designated as such, are provided with passing places. Always take extra care on country roads while on The North Coast 500 and reduce your speed at approaches to bends, which can be sharper than they appear, and at minor junctions and turnings, which may be partially hidden. Be prepared for pedestrians, horse riders, and cyclists walking or riding in the road. You should also reduce your speed where country roads enter villages.
Overnight Parking is generally allowed on the North Coast 500 but there is exceptions to this. Any restrictions enforced will be limited to those few instances where the impact of overnight parking has a significant impact on the local community. This will be confined to village and town centres, and potentially certain "destination lay-bys" in the open countryside which serves as car parks for all types of visitors.
Live Road status updates can be found on Traffic Scotland, It is always a good idea to check this before setting off as alternative routes are few and far between on the north coast 500.

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    North Coast 500 Car Hire Options

    You can hire a car and drive Scotland's North Coast 500 (NC500) with vehichle rentals coast to coast across the Scottish Highlands on Scotland's Route 66 We are a local business directory offering online car hire services found in the Northern Highlands. We cooperate with more than many local car hire companies, including the largest and top-quality car hire companies such as Focus, Enterprise, Sixt, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty and many more. With our help, you can find just the vehicle you need to help make your NC 500 roadtrip a memorable experience.

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