Other than John O’Groats, we were yet to see much evidence of the over-crowding issues that the NC500 has supposedly created. We believe travel by bicycle has the power to encourage conservation, inclusivity, and respect for all people and cultures. Bikepacking: Off-Pavement Bicycling and camping where you would if you were to go backpacking. Quiet roads, a beautiful climb, the small roads inland to Lairg and a fast blast around the Black Isle. Mark and Si on their NC500 3-day epic © Mark Beaumont In 2015, Scottish multiple record-breaking round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont rode the North Coast 500 in a superhuman 38 hours. Scotland's North Coast 500 route is gaining a bit of a reputation for itself. The route was officially launched in … A combination of the route, scenery and beautiful sunny weather for the entire trip made this a memorable ride. The GPX file is available from the official North Coast 500 site, along with a printable map however my Sat Nav (a Tom Tom Rider V) found it far too complex, there are thousands of way points on it, and the sat nav just just refused to load it. 6 autumn cycling routes in Brandenburg on Fontane's traces, Cycling through the heart of Switzerland – the Herzroute, Hiking in Bernese Oberland — where Goethe left his mark. Bikepacking: Off-Pavement Bicycling and camping where you would if you were to … A loop starting and ending at Inverness Castle, the North Coast 500 follows a route around the country’s breathtaking mountains and lochs, taking in the UK’s biggest elevation-gaining road climb along the way – … Had a great time touring around the Scottish highlands, tough conditions but worth it! The next morning we started heading West. The traditional NC500 route to John O'Groats becomes a bit of a commute back to Inverness on the often busy A9, whereas this route that cuts inland is constantly changing and stunning. It was decided during the dreary month of Jan that we should get a date in the diary for early 2018 and go and ride it regardless of what weather gets thrown at us. 114 km. 21.8 km/h. To enjoy it more and stop off I would advise between five and seven days. This is the third and last part of Katie Palmer's story on her North 500 trip with her husband Ian. I'm planning on doing the same route next year this time. Within minutes, an enormous white tailed eagle swooped down Twenty-seven years later, the North Highland Initiative created a 500-mile route around Scotland’s most northerly coastal roads. Take five run-of-the-mill cyclists, throw them together on the morning you’re setting off on a 500-mile journey through the Highlands and see how they get on. This slightly alternative North Coast 500 was made in collaboration with the people behind the official driving route, to make an official NC500 Cycle Route. Cycling at Lake Millstätter See – the Jewel of Carinthia. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. North Coast 500 - Scotland Bikepacking Adventure with Mark Beaumont. BIKEPACKING.com is dedicated to exploration by bicycle. An inspiring Road based bikepacking adventure. Climb the north tower for 360 degree views of Inverness and the surrounding area, plus find out some intriguing myths and legends about the city (today the castle is a court and otherwise not open to the public). North Coast 500. Popular with motorists and motor homers, we think the best way to experience the NC500 is by bicycle. Video from bikepacking the North Coast 500 in Scotland last week. To ride this route in three days really pushes the daily distances (although the first time I rode the route non-stop in 37 hours and 8 minutes, which definitely took the fun out of it)! We whooshed down the descent to Applecross, and rather than the five-minute break we'd allowed ourselves on our first North Coast 500 ride, spent a lengthy 45 minutes in the picturesque Walled Garden Tearooms, wolfing down tea and scones, and enjoying seeing our own glow of triumph mirrored in the faces of our riding buddies. with food and camping and such. You can read the first part of the story here and second part here. — The North Coast 500 is one the UK’s most scenic road trips so you don’t want to forget your camera and an extra battery. It’s likely you won’t see a single vehicle on this scenic south-to-north route, which uses forest-service roads and doubletrack to crisscross Coast Mountain wilderness. The West Coast Heading South, we stopped off at Scourie to walk the dog on the beach. Main cost was the sleeper train to Inverness, More posts from the bikepacking community. 802 km. 8,170 m. 8,150 m. Share. Plenty of roadside food and drinks so don't overpack, Lots of cool camping spots in settlements so don't think wild means in the mountains. 36:46. 186 votes, 29 comments. Fancy cycling 516 miles and 11,000m of ascent through epic lands The Travel Channel explores some of the best bikepacking – the marriage of ultra-light backpacking and off-road bicycle touring – routes in the United States. Unless, like adventurer, broadcaster and Cycling UK member Mark Beaumont, you do it in 38 hours. The 10 mile Ben Alder singletrack is a sublime bit of trail riding; The bleak yet stunning Northern Loop is a quintessential example of the Northern Highlands landscape; Fisherfield Forest, a great wilderness in the deepest corner of the Highlands between Loch Maree and Little Loch Broom, void of civilisation for miles in all directions. This is probably the most challenging and hilly section of the route, but once you reach Durness at the top, things do start to flatten out a bit as you head east. We inspire and inform through original bikepacking routes, stories, and coverage of the gear, news, and events that make our community thrive. The ever-changing landscape will take your breath away, leaving you eager to get back in the saddle wanting more every day. Awesome! Tom Campbell, Managing Director of the North Coast 500, said: “After completing all 516 miles of the route back in 2015, then returning earlier this year on a ‘bikepacking’ adventure with Global Cycling Network, one of the world’s biggest online cycling brands, we’re delighted to welcome Mark back to the North Coast 500 this summer. If you're dreaming of incredible coastal and mountain views, breathtaking roads and some pretty challenging climbs too, this is the challenge for you. Skyler Des Roches created this route in 2014 to experience everything from the coastal lowlands outside of Vancouver to the high alpine of British Columbia’s Chilcotin region. Read More NC500 Cycle Tour with Wilderness Scotland Read More Achnagairn Estate Set on 30 acres, 7 miles away from Inverness city centre, the estate provides a perfect escape for the NC500 visitor. Bikepacking Scotland’s North Coast 500 In Three Days | Si’s Ultra Endurance Challenge. Scottish bikepacking adventure Bike Touring Collection by Mark Beaumont The North Coast 500, often described as Scotland’s Route 66, take in some of Scotland’s most impressive wild places, from the mountains and lochs of Wester Ross and Assynt to the rugged sea cliffs of Sutherland. Although it does miss a visit to John O'Groats, this option is much prettier and quieter than the NC500 driving route. If you're doing 5/6 days maybe skip some of the east coast is it is boring. North Coast 500 - Scotland Bikepacking Adventure with Mark Beaumont. Leaving Inverness is fairy flat and through farmland for the first few hours until you reach the first lochs and sea lochs of the west coast. Seven nights; eight days of cycling on quiet, single-track paved roads along the new North Coast 500 route from Strathcarron to Inverness via John O’ Groats. To read the first part of the story click here. Just because the GPS says it will take you an hour to get from Lochinver … This is probably the most challenging and hilly section of the route, but once you reach Durness at the top, things do start to flatten out a bit as you head east. Often touted as the Scottish equivalent to the USA's Route 66, it's a 500 mile loop, that takes you around the coastline of the Scottish highlands, taking in some of the country's best scenery and a good dose of demanding gradients. Planning on doing this the first week of September, but probably over 5 days... any tips?! This ride visits some of the Outlander TV show/book sites. This more bike-friendly course takes in smaller roads on the West Coast, that motorhomes and caravans can't go on and away from the busy A9 on the East Coast, as well as including the beautiful Black Isle. We wild camped overnight on the Scottish coastline and even met Jenny Graham for a coffee at Ardgay Stores! The traditional NC500 route to John O'Groats becomes a bit of a commute back to Inverness on the often busy A9, whereas this route that cuts inland is constantly changing and stunning. The North Coast 500 (The NC500) is an official route created by the North Highland Initiative to “bring together the best of the north Highlands of Scotland in one iconic tour”. Print. Clynelish Distillery Nestled in the countryside of the tranquil coastal village of Brora, Clynelish is a perfect stop on your NC500 journey. If you are staying in hostels and carrying expensive electronics, you may want to consider investing in a PacSafe net US / UK. The North Coast 500 has been a remarkable success in bringing motorists to Scotland by highlighting the terrific scenery and historical attractions around the north. North Coast 500 (Alternative) This was ride that Andy and I had discussed last year with a view to doing it in September 2017, but due to the rubbish weather it never happened. This route has been recently branded the “North Coast 500” and has been a … “This was a truly wonderful trip – fun, relaxing, physically challenging, and beautiful. Defo do every bit of single track you can do on the west coast its amazing. The North Coast 500 Only three years since its inception, the North Coast 500 has already become one of the worlds iconic road touring routes. How much have you spent doing it? Carry enough supplies along this part of the North Coast 500, as villages are few and far between. Export To GPS Device. Factor in Stops for Photos. Based on your experience would you recommend any deviations from the official route? The beautiful north west of Scotland. The beautiful north west of Scotland. More here. North Coast 500 £1145 per person Cycling 500 miles around the Scottish coastline in 7 days is a tough ride but the spectacular scenery that you will cycle past is worth every pedal stroke. It is all pretty lumpy! The 5 day plan might change, likely be 6 days. Yesterday I posted some tips for cycling the North Coast 500 and today I will talk about the gear. Mrs Felltop is in correspondence with them, and they seem to be receptive to ideas. This slightly alternative North Coast 500 was made in collaboration with the people behind the official driving route, to make an official NC500 Cycle Route. Here's Si's 3T Exploro in full bikepacking set up after tackling the challenge with Mark Beaumont! This 500-mile loop around the North Highland coast is perfect cycling country. 803 km. Share: What set up would you choose for 500 miles around the Scottish Coastline? Posted by Bikepacking NZ May 12, 2019 Posted in Uncategorized. Cycling the North Coast 500 April 24, 2017 April 23, 2017 John Davidson 0 Comments. Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The route starts and finishes at Inverness Castle and is 516 miles long. 802 km. I imagine plenty of places still open for food and drink, and camping would he fine. North Coast 500 Cycle Route – Scottish bikepacking adventure. In association with Visit Scotland (#ScotlandIsNow), 3T, Apidura & Altura. This is the continuation of Katie Palmer's story on her North 500 trip with her husband Ian. Check its opening times. Tour Overview. I don't mind wild camping, but a week long trip without a shower is a big no for me. Scotland’s North Coast 500 is probably the best bike ride I have ever done. I would cut inland a bit to get some more terrain in rather than do the east coast. Create a Copy of This Tour. The North Coast. Press J to jump to the feed. 48.0k members in the bikepacking community. Leaving Inverness is fairy flat and through farmland for the first few hours until you reach the first lochs and sea lochs of the west coast. Starting Point. Bikepacking is generally in the backcountry, but you can backpack on local trails. Took a campingsite once in a while or are there some fresh waters to bath in? Si's 3T Exploro For The Scotland North Coast 500 Bikepacking Ride Published on April 28th 2019. I rode this route over three days with Simon Richardson from the Global Cycling Network in April 2019, and you can watch the video from our trip below. Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places. You don't need a lot, apart from a good bikepacking setup, especially if you don't plan to camp. Locals love a good adventure so talk to them even during Covid! Bikepacking Setup Tailfin T1 Carbon Rack and Super Light Pannier Bags For this ride, I … Stunning scenery, some very quiet roads and amazing beaches if you have time to stop. There is a prevailing north easterly wind here, so you may have a bit of a headwind if riding anti-clockwise (which most people do). Bikepacking the North Coast 500 with a smile on his face and a spring in his step is the indomitable Barry Godin, taking in some of the finest scenery, passes and coastal trails that Scotland has to offer on board his trusty fat bike. I’m hoping to do this over 9-10 days next year. How did you keep up with hygiene? There is a 519 mile road route, running in a circular loop from Inverness in the east, cross country to the west, up the coast, across the northern highlands and back down the east coast from John O’Groats. Any top planning tips from your journey thus far? If you're happy doing 100m a day then go for it. 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