Putting Ourselves on the North Coast 500 Map

Putting Ourselves on the North Coast 500 Map

Putting Ourselves on the North Coast 500 Map

We have our North Coast 500 Map.. and we’re on it!

In this blog we’re going to update you on our progress from inception to completion. Our project has been 18 months in the planning and building and finally we are OPEN. Well, next week we will be to be pedantic. We are now on the North Coast 500 Map and you can collect yours at our site from today.

If you are here because you want to see a North Coast 500 Map… there is a link at the bottom of the page!


Progress Makes Perfect

Since the conception on North Coast 500 Pods in July 2017 we have made steady progress, to the point where we are now opening in a week. The idea really started to become serious when a very optimistic planning submission was entered in November of the same year.

When the submission was accepted in February 2018, our hazy vision of NC500 glamping started to come into sharp focus. There was then a period of a few months between planning permission being granted and the project really beginning. In fact, it was when two friends came together in August 2018 that things really got going.


Making Our Way Onto the North Coast 500 Map

When the decision was made to go ahead with the build phase of the project in August 2018, we realised two things. Firstly, that we needed to be extremely efficient to stand any chance of meeting our target of opening in time of the 2019 season. And secondly, we wanted our site to be finished to a high standard and feature some cool tech & gizmos that you might not expect on the NC500.

Straight away we set the wheels in motion to get the project moving. As well as this we got to work on social media. We gained a very large following on Facebook and Instagram fairly quickly, promising to be open in time for the summer of 2019. It was at this point we knew there was no turning back, as we couldn’t let everyone supporting us down!

We progressed with the build in early 2019. Soon a retaining wall around the site emerged, outlining what would be our site & dropping us below the road level to maintain privacy. We’ve barely had time to draw breath since then.

building north coast 500 map

Fast Forward

We quickly made our way from a building site to a glamping site. The progress was lightening fast over the early months in 2019. As for getting ourselves on the North Coast 500 Map, we actually met with the NC500 team in person to do this.

They are a great bunch of people with an incredible vision. You can read more on the North Coast 500 by clicking here. We also attended a presentation by the NC500 and Expedia to learn about the history and future of the route, that we are now proudly part of.

The site continued to progress at pace and our pods were delivered to site in April 2019. This was a huge milestone for us and everything was suddenly very real!


Our decking and lighting columns were installed following the delivery of our pods in April. Turfing, trees and decorative stone chips next appeared, then before we knew it the off-street parking was in place. Suddenly what had previously looked like a building site was looking like the newest (and best) glamping site on the NC500.

We are Open Now!

Got a little excited there. Technically we have a week to go, but booking is up and running and we are already expecting a lot of guests! Our first available booking is on the 21st of May 2019 and you can book now by clicking here. Remember a link to the North Coast 500 Map is at the end of the page.

Our site now looks great with only a few finishing touches left to go!


It has been a challenging but rewarding project and we are delighted with the finish of our site. We can’t wait both to welcome our first guests & to stay ourselves! We’d love to hear your opinions and suggestions, so let us know what you think! Contact us by clicking here to let us know what you think, all feedback is massively appreciated!

You can see more images of our site by clicking here. Or by visiting our Facebook or Instagram!

To see the North Coast 500 Map click here!

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