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Northwest Highlands Itinerary


Can you hear the call of the road? Follow stunning coastlines and drive through jaw-dropping mountain landscapes on this weeklong adventure in the northwest Highlands of Scotland.

This one week itinerary lets you experience the stunning landscapes in the far northwest of Scotland. From the dramatic glens to lush gardens, historic ruins and all sorts of wildlife, discover Inverness, follow the North Coast 500 and explore the Black Isle peninsula!

✌️   Drive the iconic roads of the North Coast 500

✌️   See Scotland’s “tropical” beaches

✌️   Stand at the northernmost point of the UK

✌️   Discover the natural world & local wildlife 

A Scotland itinerary designed by a local expert.


This route is perfect if you are looking for a one week NC500 itinerary. It’s ideal for road trippers and landscape lovers who want to explore the stunning scenery of the northwest Highlands on Scotland’s most famous road trip route.

Duration: 8 days (with 10 & 14 day options)
Distance: 500 miles + detours
Transport: ?   Car (Self-Drive)
Start/finish: Inverness

With this itinerary you’ll see:

➡️   Inverness & Culloden Moor

➡️   Wester Ross: Bealach Na Ba road, Applecross, Torridon, Beinn Eighe, Loch Maree, Gairloch, Ullapool

➡️   Assynt: Coigach peninsula, Summer Isles, Lochinver, Achmelvich Beach, Ardvreck Castle, Kylesku Bridge

➡️   Sutherland: Handa Island, Durness, Sutherland beaches, Helmsdale, Golspie, Dornoch

➡️   Caithness: Dunnet Head, John O’Groats, Duncansby sea stacks, Wick, Caithness brochs

➡️   Black Isle peninsula: Cromarty, Chanonry Point



Detailed descriptions, suggested stops & estimated driving times

Corresponding Map

Saved pins for all mentioned locations incl. public restrooms

Easy to use

Carefully curated by a local export and user-friendly design

Illustrated Map

by local artist Lizzie Vaughan-Knight (@tartan_trailburner)

Product description

This is a Ready-Made Scotland Itinerary to help you plan and guide you during your trip. After purchasing this itinerary, you will receive an email with a link to download the included resources. The itinerary file is a PDF which you can download and save on any device you wish to use. To access the corresponding map, you will need access to Google Maps.

What’s included?

➡️   A detailed day-by-day description of the 8-day route

➡️   A corresponding Google map with saved pins for all mentioned locations – incl. public restrooms along the way!

➡️   Suggestions for how to extend the route to 10 days or 2 weeks

➡️   Lots of practical travel tips for your road trip

➡️   Suggestions for where to eat, activities to try and excursions to book, but also plenty of free things to do

➡️   Trip Planning Worksheets to track your planning progress or print out and use on the road

➡️   A list of recommended accommodations

➡️   A video slideshow with images from the route to watch and share with your travel buddies

What’s not included?

❌   Flights to and from Scotland

❌   Hire vehicle & petrol, any other local transport

❌   Bookings for accommodation, tours and attractions

❌   Food & Drink

What makes this itinerary great?

  • This Scotland itinerary is carefully planned and designed by a local expert.
  • Each itinerary features a beautifully illustrated map by Tartan Trailburner.
  • You can follow the detailed descriptions every day without feeling rushed or worrying that you’re missing out on something special.
  • You’ll find estimated driving times between stops, so you don’t have to guess.
  • You’ll get tons of suggestions for places to visit, things to do, tours and activities to pick & mix depending on your interests, budget and travel style.
  • Find suggested podcast episodes inspired by the route to listen before your trip or on the road.

Good to know

  • This is an information product. You still need to do your own research about travel times, weather, entry requirements and so on.
  • If you’d like a custom itinerary for your trip, you can hire me as your trip planner here!
  • The designs and photos included in the itinerary resources may not be copied or shared in whole or in part. The map illustrations are copyright Lizzie Vaughan-Knight.
  • Because this is a digital product I’m unable to give refunds once you purchase the product. If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other product by Watch Me See, get in touch and I will help you decide which resource is best for you.

Frequently asked questions

You could walk into any bookstore and pick up a 300-page Scotland travel guidebook for around $15.

So, why should you invest in a more expensive Ready-Made Scotland Itinerary?

  • Peace of mind: My itineraries put a stop to your planning overwhelm. No more FOMO or second-guessing.
  • Made by a local: I’ve lived in Scotland for years and travelled the country extensively. My itineraries combine some better known locations with lots of hidden gems I discovered on my travels – a curated list of places that are worth your time.
  • Tested and proven: I have travelled to all the places I recommend on my itineraries and tested different routes and configurations myself or with clients. I know these routes are amazing.
  • Save time: No need to spend hours pouring over multiple books, maps and blogs to craft an itinerary that ticks all your boxes AND is feasible. With a ready-made itinerary you are good to go.
  • Make life easier: Instead of 300 overwhelming pages, you get the most important information in a condensed and easy-to-use format.

Any questions? Get in touch!

Because this is a digital product I’m unable to give refunds once you purchase the product.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other product by Watch Me See, get in touch and I will help you decide which resource is best for you.

If you have concerns about the product after you purchased it, I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about using the resources and getting the most out of them. Just send me an email.

My full returns policy is available on my Disclaimer page.

Want to amend the itinerary you bought to better fit your timeframe or interests? I can help you adapt and fine tune the route with an Itinerary Review. Email me with your receipt and I’ll send you a discounted booking link for a 1:1 session.

Please note, that the discount only applies if you use the itinerary you bought as a basis for your amended route. Watch Me See has discretion over the discount rate.

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About the author

Hi, my name is Kathi!

I’m an Austrian travel writer based in Glasgow. In 2013, I followed a calling I could not explain, packed my bags and moved to Glasgow. Needless to say, I fell madly in love!

As an expat, I have experienced Scotland as a tourist and newcomer, but also as a local. I can relate to the weird and the quirky impressions of a first timer, and explain how to navigate the country like an expert.

I have travelled thousands of miles around Scotland on road trips, trains, buses, and ferries, and visited nearly 40 islands. I know the must see’s and hotspots, but also the hidden gems and local secrets that will make your trip extra special.

With this any my other itineraries I want to help you plan an unforgettable trip to Scotland – no planning overwhelm, no FOMO on the road, just you and Scotland!