North Coast 500 Castles

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North Coast 500 Castles

North Coast 500 Castles

Our recent blogs have looked at North Coast 500 Castles by region. In case you missed any of them we’ve summarised them below.


Hermit's Castle nc500 accommodation

Hermit’s Castle in Achmelvich 

Sutherland is ‘our turf’, so not surprisingly, we’ve written a few blogs on castles in this section of the Highlands.

Closest to NC500Pods is Hermit’s Castle, which is also located in Achmelvich. Not only the newest castle on out list but also the smallest in Europe!

Ardvreck Castle is another close to home for us. It has a very rich, interesting history and despite being a ruin is one of the most striking castles to view/photograph.

Loch Assynt Ardvreck NC500

Ardvreck Castle on Loch Assynt

Sutherland spans a large section of the Scottish highlands and contains several other intriguing and beautiful castles. Click here for our blog on other Castles in Sutherland, including the iconic Dunrobin Castle


You may be surprised by the number of Castles in Caithness. The North-East coastline has seen more than its fair share of conflict & castle building. As a result there are a mixture of Norse & Scottish Castles (and ruins) strewn along the dramatic coastline.

If you’re hoping to see lots of North Coast 500 Castles, Caithness is for you.

Ross-Shire & Cromarty

This is another area of the highlands that covers a lot of ground. Ross-shire & Cromarty might not have as many castles as Caithness, but does have an ace up its sleeve.

Eilean Donan Castle is technically just south of the main NC500 route, but is worth the slight detour. Without a doubt it is one of the best North Coast 500 Castles to visit.

Eilean Donan nc500 castle

Eilean Donan Castle

To read more on Eilean Donan & other castles in this region, click here to read our blog on Castles Of Ross-Shire & Cromarty.

Castles Near Inverness

There are also some great castles in and around Inverness. We recommend the detour to Urquhart castle as part of your NC500 tour, as there is so much to see and learn. The castle is situated on the banks of Loch Ness (look out for Nessie!) in Scotland’s Great Glen. It has a colourful past, which is well presented for tourists.

To find out more about NC500Pods and the Assynt area, click here

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