Top Tips for touring the North Coast 500

If you are planning to tour the North Coast 500 in a campervan in late autumn, winter or early spring, read our top tips for touring the NC500 in a campervan. 

  • Plan your trip carefully. As tourism providers catch up with demand, many businesses remain closed until the beginning of April so don’t count on them being open at this time of year and miss out on seeing something else you could have en-route.  


Campervan tour Scotland - North Coast 500 in a campervan

Plan your route with Four Seasons Campers

  • Book accommodation in advance.  Many  campsites on the NC500 route close for winter from the end of October until the beginning of March or April.  Read out guide to touring the NC500 in winter to get an idea of where is open.  Some campsites are open with limited facilities so come prepared. 
camping North Coast 500 in a campervan

Campsites open all year around on the North Coast 500

  • Be aware that filling stations in the Highlands can be closed in evenings and on Sundays. There are plenty along the NC 500 route at Loch Carron, Applecross, Ullapool, Lochinver, Durness, Thurso, Wick and Dornoch. 
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going each day.  A large proportion of the  route has excellent roads but there are areas on the west coast that may prove tricky for those not used to single track roads with passing places.  It will be much quieter than in the winter but extra care needs to be taken to ensure you don’t crash into oncoming traffic as you turn a corner.   There are no right of way rules as such when driving along single track roads unless stated by road signs, but courtesy is expected and if you see oncoming traffic coming, you should pull in at the nearest passing place on your side of the road or wait opposite a passing place on their side of the road until they have passed
  • Day light hours are much less at this time of year so it’s wise not to try to travel too far each day.
  • For wild camping in a campervan, look for sites in sheltered harbours and woodlands rather than sitting exposed on the cliff tops.
  • Check out the weather. Keep an eye on road conditions and be prepared to take alternative routes when necessary.   Our Four Seasons Campers campervans have winter tyres and come with snow socks…. just in case!
Our VW campervans have winter tyres for North Coast 500 in a campervan

Make sure your campervan has winter tyres for winter tours in a campervan

  • Check out for an hourly forecast of where best to see the Northern Lights in Scotland and re plan your route accordingly.  They are spectacular to see so well worth being flexible as to your planned route around the NC500.