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Preventing people from travelling in level four lockdown areas comes into force in Scotland on Boxing day.

nc500 police carThe North Coast 500 in Scotland will be in level 4 of Scotland’s coronvirus alert system frommidight on Boxing day 2020.

It is against the law to travel unless there is a “reasonable excuse” – so how is that defined?

 This is a list of Scottish Government exemptions to the travel ban.

  • Travelling for work, to find work or to provide voluntary services which can’t be done from home;
  • Going to or home from (at the end of term) school, college or university;
  • For organised sport and leisure activities (permitted in level three only); Professional sport carries on as normal;
  • Essential shopping, including for a vulnerable person. In level three, you can leave your council area if the shop is very close to your home;
  • Travelling for health and social care and for childcare and shared parenting. Visiting someone in hospital or a care home is also allowed;
  • To access any service provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, or asylum/immigration-related services;
  • You can travel to use waste or recycling facilities if they’re not available locally;
  • Meeting legal obligations such as a bail condition or to appear in court in any capacity, including as a juror. Visiting a prison is also exempt;
  • Animal welfare, such as exercising or feeding an animal or going to a vet;
  • Informal exercise such as walking or cycling as long as you don’t travel more than five miles from your council area;
  • Weddings, funerals and compassionate reasons related to the end of a person’s life;
  • For driving lessons or a test (level three only);
  • If you’re a religious leader, but only for running an act of worship, or for anyone to attend one (level three only);
  • Travelling is allowed if you’re donating blood;
  • It’s fine to travel on a road that goes through a level three or four area, as long as your journey ends outside it;
  • Moving house or any activities connected to it;
  • To avoid, illness or escape the risk of harm.

North Coast 500 Roadtrip News

  • North Coast 500 Filling Stations

    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.

  • When will the north coast 500 tourist route reopen?

    Scotland's North Coast 500 tourist route set to reopen by mid-July.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice. Not all businesses on the North Coast 500 are operating as advertised due to the current Coronavirus situation. Please see the latest advice on travel and booking.

    All being well More than two-thirds of businesses around this 516 mile tourist route around the Scottish highland's (The North Coast 500 - NC500) are getting ready to reopen as soon as they are given the all-clear by the Scottish Government. The whole of the Scottish Highland's has welcomed the recent announcement from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, of the provisional date of 15th July when tourism businesses may be able to resume operations.

  • Supercar hangs over Bridge with 50ft drop on North Coast 500

    Our first fanny has arrived at Fanny Bay

    The driver of a Porsche had a lucky escapeafter the car was left dangling over a 50ft drop after losing control and crashing into a stone bridge going over the Struy on the Highlands North coast 500 route.

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