Scotland launches its answer to Route 66

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Scotland has launched its own answer to Route 66 in the form of the North Coast 500.

The North Coast 500 is a 500-mile tourist route through the Scottish Highlands.

It starts at Inverness and worms its way west to Ullapool and then up the coast to Durness.

From there the route goes west through Thurso and John O’Groats before reaching Wick.

After Wick it’s straight down the west coast, taking in Helmsdale, Brora, Dornoch and Dingwall before ending up back at Inverness.

The North Coast 500 was launched last week by the North Highland Initiative (NHI), which was established to encourage economic growth in the Scottish Highlands.

It’s hoped that the new route will bring riders and motorists into Scotland and to take to the roads around the Highlands, eventually establishing the route as one of the leading roads in the world.

David Whiteford, NHI chairman, said in an interview with The Daily Mail:

“NC500 is one of the most exciting and innovative developments for tourism in the North Highlands for some time.

“We have, in the North Highlands, an opportunity to create a globally significant route that captures the essence of the wonderful landscapes and seascapes, people, stories, culture, history, adventures, food and drink and much more.”

The NC500 takes in some of Scotland’s most iconic and famous scenery including the mountains around Suliven, Dunrobin Castle and Achmelvich Bay on the east coast.

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