500 ADVENTUREs & More!
The Scottish Highlands and North Coast 500 route have something for everyone and whilst we don’t want to tell you what you should see, we are happy to tell you some of our personal favourite parts of this beautiful area of Scotland.
Smoo Cave, Durness
This is the largest cave in Scotland. Formed by erosion from the sea with a fabulous 20m high waterfall. Stop and take a walk down the steps and cross the bridge to the main cave. You get fantastic views of the cliffs and sea and the waterfall is breathtaking.
As a child I was told by my Grandmother that Donald McMurdo who was a local Highway man murdered people by throwing them down the blowhole of Smoo Cave in the 17th Century. He is buried at the churchyard at Balnakeil, his grave marked on the south wall with a skull and crossbones marker.
Sango Bay, Durness
When you see this beach you could easily be mistaken to think you are in the Caribbean.
Beautiful white sandy beach, turquoise water and rugged cliffs.
A beautiful Bay to explore and don’t miss taking a walk along the wooden walkway at the top of the peninsula to the viewpoint at the end to take in the breathtaking views.
Balnakeil Craft Village
This is a very unusual craft village and well worth a visit. With art galleries, ceramics, woodwork, glasswork and an amazing chocolatier – if you are a chocolate lover we fully recommend their hot chocolate! As mentioned, this is a rather unusual setting.
The buildings were built in the mid 1950’s as an M.O.D early warning station in the event of a nuclear attack, however this was never commissioned and in the mid 1960’s it was taken over by a creative community and has continued ever since