This all came about by some marketing gadgie at Visit Scotland. There is no doubt the creation has been a great success, with many issues now unfolding, however, many locals are realising the problems and are doing what they can to reduce any negative impact, which will take time.NC 500 has been very bad for touring. What campsites there are, are overcrowded Off road places closed, height barriers, restrictions etc. Much harder than it used to be. I wouldn't shed a tear if they scrapped the whole thing. It was easy enough to find your way around without them naming the road.
I guess Visit Scotland should have copyright the brand name, so others couldn't cash in on brand name!Beforehand, bits of it were named, like the Wester Ross Way for example. But the marketing and hype was not silly. The infrastructure has now not progressed with the marketing.
However, part of the attraction is that it's unspoilt and developing the infrastructure may not be desirable. There is some company that was selling membership of the "NC 500 club" A typical thing Americans would buy. You get a T shirt and a map and some more tat. But this company pays nothing towards providing say rubbish bins. Some would say "why should they." It shows how third party activity is not related to conditions in the field.
Ah, that logo is the one used from the start. My take, a group of businesses (one stop shop) putting themselves out there to show potential tourists what is on offer and, where to stay, what to see, not everyone using the 500 route do so in a motorhome.
If doing the Hebs, Gordon, I would recommend Oban to Barra, basically bottom to top, then Stornoway to Ullapool. Where you can pick up the 500 keeping to the west coast going doon, if you wish?We’ve decided it’s the 500 ,Lewis etc for us this year ,wary about going abroad due to family circumstances
We did the Hop 8 https://www.calmac.co.uk/hopscotch-8-barra-uist-harris-lewis the journey up the Sound of Mull with glorious weather made a great start to what was a great trip. Wouldn't take long to head over to east coast Orkney ferry terminal.Yeah that’s what was thinking ,maybe even get a ferry hopper ticket ? Would like to see merv and Gladys again (brandyman)
We did similar a couple of years ago but after Ullapool continued clockwise round NC500. We chose going over to the Hebs because we know the mainland Oban to Ullapool stretch like the back of our hand. We think it was a good decision as the Hebrides were fantastic.If doing the Hebs, Gordon, I would recommend Oban to Barra, basically bottom to top, then Stornoway to Ullapool. Where you can pick up the 500 keeping to the west coast going doon, if you wish?
Every cloud..........eh!!I think it should be named the nc 1500 we did it in august this year and yes it has got a lot more commercial but that means more places are open when we need feeding or fuel. so many little nooks and crannies to look at too. we wildcamped to whole way round took two weeks. rushed the last bit as was getting too close to school starting.