Lux Motorhomes Guide To The NC500 Scenic Route With Children

Apr 24, 2024 | Castles and History, Family Adventures, Nature and scenery, NC500

Enjoy a family-friendly tour of the NC500 with Lux Motorhomes. Discover activities and attractions suitable for children, ensuring a delightful and stress-free travel experience through Scotland.

This scenic route, winding its way through the Scottish Highlands, offers a perfect blend of breathtaking landscapes, cultural heritage, and convenient facilities, making it an ideal choice for families travelling in motorhomes.


In this article, we’ll explore why the NC500 is the ultimate destination for families with small children, promising cherished memories and boundless exploration along the way.In this article, we’ll delve deeper into why the NC500 is the ultimate destination for families with small children. From its enchanting landscapes to its array of family-friendly activities, we’ll explore how this iconic route promises an unforgettable journey filled with joy, discovery, and endless possibilities for families to bond and create lasting memories together.

Our Scenic NC500 Route with Children itinerary takes 7-10 days as you can decide to spend as much time, or as little time, at all of our recommended spots as you like! This itinerary offers an exciting, family friendly holiday full of fresh air and quality time, and towns to set up camp for the night.

We have also added the number that these attractions appear on our route map.

Our Top 10 Places to Go With Children on the NC500

1. Loch Ness – Stop 3 (on the route map)

The beautiful Loch Ness, situated at the starting point of the NC500 Route, Inverness, is a great way to start your trip! Keep your eyes peeled! you might just spot Nessie, the notorious Loch Ness monster!

2. Frankie & Lola’s – Stop 4

Frankie and Lola’s is a soft play area, situated at Inverness Asda retail centre. Fab fun for your little ones, this is a great way to let off steam after the travel to Inverness!

3. Dolphins at Chanonry Point – Stop 6

Catch a glimpse of real bottle-nose dolphins at Chanonry Point! Visiting at high-tide gives you the best opportunity to try and spot these amazing creatures. This experience is definitely one that your family will remember for a long time!

4. Dunrobin Castle, Golspie – Stop 8

Feel like royalty by visiting the historic Dunrobin Castle. The scenic gardens are free to walk through, with access to the inside of the castle priced at £9.00 for children and £14.50 for adults*. With a museum, falconry display, and tours of the lavish interiors, this is a great trip for all the family!

*Prices based on the information supplied by Dunrobin Castle’s website. Figures listed are not guaranteed.

5. Stacks of Duncansby – Stop 10

If you take a trip to Duncansby Head at Puffin season (late spring-early summer), you may catch a glimpse of these charming birds. If you have a keen eye, Duncansby head is home to other beautiful creatures including seals and orcas!

6. Melvich Beach – Stop 11

With a stunning coastline, and beautiful golden sands, Melvich beach is accessible through a 100mt walk through the dunes. A great day out for the whole family – catch a tan, fly a kite, or sit down and enjoy a picnic while soaking in the picturesque views.

7. Smoo Cave – Stop 14

An exciting journey along the wooden path into the cave brings you to a glorious waterfall, cascading 25mt down into a pool below. If you want a more immersive experience, for £10 per adult + £5 per child, guided boat tours are available that take you further into the historic cave, fully lit up by interior lights.

8. Cocoa Mountain – Stop 15

A treat for everyone, Cocoa Mountain is a chocolate shop situated in a quaint craft village off of Balnakeil Bay, offering sweet treats, hot chocolate, and dairy-free options. There is something for everyone on offer,

9. Corrieshalloch Gorge and Waterfall – Stop 20

This beautiful waterfall is a must-go on your tour of the NC500. The gorge was created by a massive historic glacier, and is a testament to the magnificent wonders that our planet has created over millions of years! With gorgeous flora surrounding it, the gorge is home to some wonderful rare species of wildlife, resulting in its recognition as a Nature Reserve

10. Loch Shieldaig – Stop 23

Sharing a name with the quaint village over-looking it, Loch Shieldaig offers gorgeous views and great photo opportunities (especially the infamous cottage with the red roof!) Bask in the fresh northern air, and enjoy a jaunt around the charming Shieldaig village. This is sure to be a lovely day out for everyone.

Other Places to Go on Our Map

Castle Varich, Tongue – Stop 13
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, Elphin – Stop 18
Loch Torridon, Near Applecross – Stop 24
Loch Alsh Viewpoint, Kyle – Stop 27
Ben Nevis, Fort William – Stop 30
Glencoe Lochan Trail, Glencoe – Stop 32

The North Coast of Scotland presents an unparalleled playground for families embarking on motorhome adventures with children. From the majestic mountains of Torridon to the enchanting castles listed above, each destination along the NC500 offers a unique blend of natural wonders and cultural treasures. Whether it’s spotting dolphins at Chanonry point, roasting marshmallows by a crackling campfire, or simply soaking in the serenity of Scotland’s remote landscapes, every moment on this route is an opportunity for family bonding and exploration.

With its diverse attractions and family-friendly amenities, the NC500 is truly a destination where memories are made to last a lifetime.