About us

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About Us

North Coast 500 Pods was born from the vision of providing a unique, contemporary accommodation experience to the many thousands who make the North Coast 500 trip annually. By introducing reasonably priced hotel-quality dwellings in the most rural areas of the country, NC500pods are revolutionising accommodation for travellers along the world-famous route.


Of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible North Coast 500 Pods team. Their passion has been the cornerstone of our company’s success and facilitates the ever-increasing popularity of our glamping sites. Get to know the crew through the information below and how we can assist you with recommendations during your stay.

Meet The Team

James and Christine are the faces of our fabulous NC500pods glamping sites.

They are always on hand to ensure our pods and the surrounding grounds are kept to the highest standard. They manage everything from cleaning the pods, carrying out maintenance/ground works and can check in with you during your stay to ensure you have everything you need and even share a tale or two. 

Christine Maclean


Christine takes care of our NC500pods Brora site. Christine loves the beautiful walkways and cycle routes that surround the area.


Christine recommends Carol Rock chimneys that overlook Brora Loch. Take note, some of these trails are on the steep side and can be a challenge to the novice hiker.


  • Cleans the Pods at Brora/does laundry for both Achmelvich and Brora sites.

  • Ensures everything is in place for the customer stays.

  • Carries out all maintenance at the Pods to a high standard.

  • Keeps the grounds of Brora looking beautiful.

  • Ensures customers are happy and have everything they need.
  • James - Xune 1


    James takes care of our NC500pods Achmelvich site. James recommends trying out the beginners or advanced walking trails in and around the nearby mountains. Achmelvich beach is one of the best beaches in the Scottish Highlands – It is well worth indulging in a bit of wild swimming whilst you’re here (weather permitting!)



  • Ensures pods are cleaned and outside grounds are kept to a high standard.

  • James is on the site most days to help customers if they need anything..
  • Ali & Calum have been travelling to the beautiful Achmelvich for as long as either of them can remember.  After witnessing a surge in popularity of the North Coast 500 route over the years, they saw an opportunity to improve the experience to revellers of Achmelvich Beach. The spot they have loved for so long could be considerably improved with the introduction of high-quality accommodation options, as with other rural areas along the North Coast 500. Thus, the beloved North Coast 500 Pods glamping sites were born.

    Portrait view of owner Alisdair Young NC500 Team

    Alister Young

    As the NC500Pods site at Achmelvich grew in popularity, Ali & Calum saw the opportunity for expansion and to create more fantastic glamping sites for people to visit.  The second NC500Pods site opened in Brora in July 2020.  Although opening the site during a Global Pandemic was not an easy move, Brora is proving to be a popular destination for guests on the NC500 route in 2021.

    Portrait view of owner Calum Macleod

    Calum MacLeod

    Ali & Calum created the NC500Pods with the purpose of allowing holidaymakers to create unique experiences.  The Pods are fitted out to the level of a luxury hotel room so that guests can focus on making memories without sacrificing creature comforts.

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