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North Coast Route in Pole Position - God Bless the Prince of Wales

Balnakeil, Durness; Glen Torridon; Kenmore & LochTorridon; Knockan Cliff at Sunset; Loch Eriboll; Quinag From Kylesku.
Graphics ©IainSarjeant, via Scotland's North Coast 500

The U.S Route 66 may be of the most famous roads in the world - but Scotland's North Coast 500 is gaining in recognition been named as one of the world's best coastal trips - 'the ultimate 500 mile journey in the Highlands of Scotland.'

The route, which was launched two years ago by the North Highland Initiative (that's their logo on the left). It has been designed to showcase and promote many of best views to be had in the area (some of which are shown in the slide show above).

The route starts at Inverness wends through such glorious spots as Applecross Ullapool, Torridon, John o Groats and Dunrobin .

There are opportunities aplenty for photographers or anyone who appreciate fine scenery.

A spokesman for North Highland Initiative said:"The NC500 is a big hit - it has really struck a chord with people who appreciate great scenery and the history of the Highlands. Some people do the whole thing in between five and seven days, but many people take in part of the route and may return to do other sections at a later time. There is a lot of flexibility. But the key thing is not to rush it - there is a lot there and it is better to get out of the car and take full advantage."

The North Highland Initiative was formed as a direct result of the Prince of Wales and aims to bring together the farming community, local businesses and the tourism industry. The aim is to address some of the challenges facing rural communities in the far north of Scotland by creating a powerful regional identity for the area.

A key objective since the start has been the support of small home farms in the northern counties of the Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire.

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June 2016

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