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Doing it in June- joined the fb page thank you for the tip! Some reviews say it is getting very busy and too commercial but we have dug out old O S maps and planning possible alternative routes if needed. we know Glencoe/ Fort William well and have found lots of hideaways there so hoping to have some peaceful wilding

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We’re hoping to go to Scotland before the midges arrive but won’t keep to the route. Will follow this thread with interest !
 
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Yes, that’s what we thought Tam. Do you have any suggestions? We like wilderness places.

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Northernraider

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Yes, that’s what we thought Tam. Do you have any suggestions? We like wilderness places.
To be honest there are so many I don't know where to start . But in February it will be quiet. I did it back in September but my entire route was 1870 miles from Fife back to fife. Make sure you include Skye, and rather than just following the coast zig zag in and out . Get a big aa road atlas and just explore you will find some amazing places
 
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Has anyone done this in February? any advice please
It will be cold, very cold, and wet/snowing. We are in the south west of Scotland and currently it's 4°, raining, and we have three weather alerts for snow and ice. The NC500 is some 300 miles further north.
 
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Just a quick follow up, we are having our second blizzard of the morning. NC500 in February, it'll be quiet all right.
 
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We have been , from Inverness up east coast to John o groats around the top to Ullapool then through the middle to glencoe mountain range and the only snow we have seen was up the ski slopes weather was great 10 degrees a couple of days and a few camper knocking about, no need for snow chains lol

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Sorry but asking about doing it on February or indeed any month just makes me laugh.

Do people think this road is deserted at some times of the year ? People do actually live up here in the Highlands all year round. We all don't up sticks in winter and bigger off to Spain
 

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Sorry but asking about doing it on February or indeed any month just makes me laugh.

Do people think this road is deserted at some times of the year ? People do actually live up here in the Highlands all year round. We all don't up sticks in winter and bigger off to Spain
It might not be deserted but it certainly has less Motor homes going round it in February than July
 
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Sorry but asking about doing it on February or indeed any month just makes me laugh.

Do people think this road is deserted at some times of the year ? People do actually live up here in the Highlands all year round. We all don't up sticks in winter and bigger off to Spain

I think you miss understood, I was asking as having never been to the highlands I wanted to make sure that the nc500 would be passable in February not whether or not you would be at home ? glad it made you laugh, maybe a bit of roadside litter picking would be a great winter pass time, saw multiple vehicles throw stuff from windows ( not motorhome I might add ) and the litter and bottles of urine at the side of the road and in lay-bys is unbelievable especially as there have been so few visitors over winter, such a beautiful place should be cared for a little better I think

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A couple of years ago I went around the Highlands on a motorbike at the end of April for a week. It snowed. At loch level the roads were clear, but the passes over the tops were nasty. I had to bypass a load of the best bits.
 
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I think you miss understood, I was asking as having never been to the highlands I wanted to make sure that the nc500 would be passable in February not whether or not you would be at home ? glad it made you laugh, maybe a bit of roadside litter picking would be a great winter pass time, saw multiple vehicles throw stuff from windows ( not motorhome I might add ) and the litter and bottles of urine at the side of the road and in lay-bys is unbelievable especially as there have been so few visitors over winter, such a beautiful place should be cared for a little better I think

We do go out litter picking. Take 1 bag each and fill it. Yes you are right about laybyes.
 

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I think you miss understood, I was asking as having never been to the highlands I wanted to make sure that the nc500 would be passable in February not whether or not you would be at home ? glad it made you laugh, maybe a bit of roadside litter picking would be a great winter pass time, saw multiple vehicles throw stuff from windows ( not motorhome I might add ) and the litter and bottles of urine at the side of the road and in lay-bys is unbelievable especially as there have been so few visitors over winter, such a beautiful place should be cared for a little better I think
Yes i noticed a fair bit back in September when I did it.

Id like to ring the buggers necks .....i can't for the life of me figure out why people go to beautiful places and then leave all their crap behind....ifs incomprehendable

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Litter throwers really annoy me anyway and I find it bizarre when people carry a picnic out to a lovely sight/view/mountain and then leave the rubbish tied in a plastic bag for someone else to clear up!
 
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Never mind the litter, there was a 10' snow drift near Applecross, they should have it clear by now.

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Sorry but asking about doing it on February or indeed any month just makes me laugh.

Do people think this road is deserted at some times of the year ? People do actually live up here in the Highlands all year round. We all don't up sticks in winter and bigger off to Spain
That is so true ! Lived nr Thurso for 14 years so have ‘done ‘ the NC500 may times before there was one and when it was much more peaceful

Edited as 14 years not 24 lol
 
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Dan and Jan

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That is so true ! Lived nr Thurso for 24 years so have ‘done ‘ the NC500 may times before there was one and when it was much more peaceful
You are right, lived in the Outer Hebrides for a few years in the late 70s. I used to drive the Highlands and Skye before it was fashionable and called fancy names. Nice and quiet.

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Some pictures of the Bealach na Ba from last week. Should be OK for the 8m tag axles by Easter! 28056506_1708346642554795_3254499951612677035_n.jpg 28168730_1708346592554800_7589763453711366747_n.jpg 28377889_1708346662554793_592036543357928936_n.jpg 28468770_1708346665888126_7731722273042958118_n.jpg
 
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