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Motorhomes and campervans touring NC500 urged to “follow relevant guidance”

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Motorhome and campervan owners travelling the North Coast 500 (NC500) are being urged to follow the relevant advice and guidance for the benefit of local communities and visitors enjoying the famous route.

The 516-mile scenic route, which was launched in 2015 and has been ranked as one of the greatest road trips on the planet, is an increasingly popular tour for motorhomes and campervans and the number of vehicles visiting the route is expected to increase over the busy summer period.

NC500 has issued a reminder of the “dos and don’ts” to these travellers while touring the north Highlands.

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 does not allow for people to wild camp on the NC500 outside of formal campsites.

And the same goes for the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, which allows freedom to roam but not if you are using a motorhome.

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For those who decide to camp elsewhere, NC500 officials are asking road users to park responsibly and only in carparks which allow overnight camping.

It also warns that chemical toilet waste should not be emptied anywhere other than at a designated chemical waste area.

C500 operations director, Craig Mills said: “Experiencing the North Coast 500 by motorhome or campervan has become a popular way for visitors to enjoy all that the north Highlands has to offer.

“However, it is important that these users are well prepared for their visit and follow the appropriate advice and guidance.”

NC500 rules for motorhomes and campervans

  • Wild camping does not apply to motorised vehicles including campervans and motorhomes and only applies when camping by foot, bike or other non-motorised transport.
  • If visitors decide not to stay at a formal campsite, then ensure that they are parking responsibly in an area that allows overnight parking.
  • Ensure drivers are used to driving large vehicles and that it can be driven safely (including reversing) over single track roads.
  • Scottish access rights and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code does not apply to motor vehicles.
  • Do not empty any chemical toilet waste anywhere other than at a designated chemical waste area.
  • When hiring a campervan or motorhome, make sure the hire company demonstrates how to empty and maintain any on-board waste facilities.
DID YOU KNOW: The NC500's Bealach Na Ba, or Pass of the Cattle is the third highest mountain pass in the UK. Climb the steep and narrow ascent, and you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Outer Hebrides and the Kintail mountains.

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1 comment

John September 10, 2022 at 8:08 pm

I have done the Applecross pass several times. In the 1970s there was no crash barriers any where on the route. Scared my wife to death the first time.So at the top we turned around and came down, she then was on the inside and could not see the drop edge. Morris 1000 Traveller did it no problem. I now have a Peugeot Expert camper converion and no wife, Plan to do this run again in 2023, my van is called the Lone Rider. (Country Western connection).


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