Are you planning a trip to the North Coast 500 and looking to book accommodation on route? There are many quirky accommodations on the NC500 route that allow you to camp out in amongst nature with a little bit of luxury.

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NC500 Glamping - Quirky Accommodation on the NC500

The NC500 road trip is one of the most popular road trips in the UK, hosting thousands of visitors every year. Many camp around the trip whilst others choose to stay in a hotel. Did you know there are also many glamping pods around the Nc500? In this post we share more information on the following pods.

  • Caledonian Lodges, Inverness
  • The Little Hut, Alness
  • The Pod at Hollingwell House Edderton, Balblair
  • NC500 Pods, Brora
  • Hillside Camping Pods and Shepherds Hut, Wick
  • Bower Pods, Bowermadden
  • Shepherd Hut with Hot Tub, John O’Groats
  • North Point Pods, Thurso
  • Thurso Bay Holidays
  • Wee Hoose Glamping Pod 1, Skail
  • Eco Crofters Wagon by the Beach, Oldshoremore 
  • Nc500 Pods, Achmelvich 
  • The Hideaway (with Hot Tub), Loch Inver 
  • Wuthering Heights, Gairloch 
  • Preparing for your trip to the NC500
assynt viewpoint at sunrise

East Coast NC500

Caledonian Lodges, Inverness

The Caledonian Lodges are based at Torevan Caravan Park in Inverness. 

Each unit has a bedroom, a comfortable living room area with a sofa bed and a TV with cable channels. There is also a small kitchen and a private bathroom and shower in each lodge. 

Free parking is offered onsite the Inverness city centre is situated less than 2 miles away.

Book your stay at Caledonian Lodges Inverness here.

ness castle

The Little Hut, Alness

The Little Hut in Alness provides cosy accommodation with mountain views and a garden. This accommodation is not pet friendly.

A continental breakfast is offered daily at the Little Hut and there is also a fridge and kettle onsite in the small kitchen area.

The Little Hut is located around 2 miles from the centre of Alness.

Book your stay at the Little Hut Alness here.

fyrish monument

The Pod at Hollingwell House Edderton, Balblair

The Pod at Hollingwell House – Glamping NC500 Edderton in Balblair features a wooden pod accommodation, a garden and a terrace with river views.

Inside the pod there is a double bed and a seating area with a flat-screen TV. There is a private bathroom that comes complete with a shower and a hairdryer. 

There is a small kitchenette within the pod that has a fridge and a kettle. 

Inverness is around 24 miles from the Hollingwell House Glamping.

Book your stay at the Pod at Hollingwell House Edderton, Balblair here.

mountains Balblair

NC500 Pods Brora

On the north east coast of Scotland, nestled in amongst nature near the small village of Brora are the NC500 Pods. The NC500 Pods offer luxurious glamping accommodation on the North Coast 500 road trip

There are currently four Pods on site at the Brora NC500 pods. One luxury Honeymoon Pod and three regular pods (that still feel luxurious, just a different layout). A small sauna is also available to use onsite with a glass window and fantastic view towards the coast. 

If the weather is nice, this is a perfect place to have a BBQ in the communal area and relax in the serenity of your surroundings. Each pod also has a large bean bag outside for your comfort when watching the sunrise from outside your deck.

There is free wifi in all the pods. No password is required to access this. 

Each pod is fully equipped with a small kitchen, double bed and bathroom.

You can read more about our stay the NC500 Pods here.

Book your stay at the NC500 Pods Brora, here.

nc500 pods outside

Hillside Camping Pods and Shepherds Hut, Wick

Hillside Camping Pods and Shepherd’s Hut provides wooden pod-style accommodation with free private parking.

Each pod is equipped with a small kitchen, complete with a toaster, microwave, fridge and kettle. As well as a double bed, there is also a seating area with a TV. You will have your own private bathroom with a shower in the pod.

Located in Wick where there are many amenities in the town centre and John O’Groats is only 7 miles away.

Book your stay at Hillside Camping Pods and Shepherd’s Hut here.

wick

Bower Pods, Bowermadden

Bower Pods is located in Bowermadden in the countryside, around 10 miles from John O’Groats.

For this accommodation, you will be required to bring your own sleeping bags and pillows, as bed sheets are not provided. If you do not have your own sleeping bags, you can hire these from reception at £5 per adult. Towels are provided.

There is free parking on site when you stay at the Bower Pods. There is also free Wi-Fi, however this is only available in the kitchenette. 

Within the kitchenette there is access to a microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge and kitchen utensils.

Within the pods is a raised platform with a breathable mattress and a flat-screen TV.

Guests can enjoy a fire pit at Bower Pods and if you have a pampered pooch, you can bring them along to the Bower Pods for an additional £5.

Book your stay at Bower Pods Bowermadden here.

 

North Coast of the NC500

Shepherd Hut with Hot Tub, John O’Groats

This unique accommodation in John O’Groats features a small garden with a barbecue and a hot tub.

There is a private bathroom in the Shepherd Hut which comes complete with a shower, hair dryer and free toiletries. There is also a flat screen TV in the pod and a double bed.

Thurso is the nearest town which is around 17 miles from this accommodation.

Book your stay at the Shepherd Hut with Hot Tub in John O’ Groats here.

John O Groats Sign

North Point Pods, Thurso

The North Point Pods have a double bed and small living room area. There is also a private bathroom and small kitchen area. The kitchenette comes complete with a microwave, stovetop, toaster and a fridge. 

There is also a hairdryer and free toiletries in the pod. 

A Full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at the campsite.

John O Groats is 7.5 miles from North Point Pods (north coast 500), while Kirkwall is 26.1 miles away. The nearest airport is Wick John O’Groats Airport, 14.3 miles from the accommodation.

Book your stay at North Point Pods Thurso here.

Thurso

Wee Hoose Glamping Pod 1, Skail

The Wee Hoose Glamping Pods are small pods located deep in the countryside, just off the north coast in Skail.

There is free parking for you during your stay at the pods. All of the pods have a small kitchen with a fridge and a microwave and a little dining area. There is also a private bathroom with a shower. 

In the morning, there is a continental or Full English/Irish breakfast available.

During the summer months, there is a lovely patio area and garden as well as a sun terrace and barbecue for you to enjoy.

Thurso is 28.6 miles from the pods and is the nearest town. 

Book your stay at Wee Hoose Glamping Pod here.

skail

West Coast NC500

Eco Crofters Wagon by the Beach, Oldshoremore

Situated on one of the most beautiful locations on the NC500 is the Eco Crofters Wagon.

This wooden wagon looks out over the stunning Oldshoremore Beach and is very remote from any amenities.

The pod has a kitchenette as well as a seating and dining area.

Kinlochbervie is the nearest town which is around 3 miles away from the pod.

Book your stay at Eco Crofters Wagon by the beaching Oldshoremore here.

oldshoremore beach
girl sitting on rug oldshoremore beach

NC500 Pods, Achmelvich

The NC500 Pods are wooden glamping pods located next to one of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches, Achmelvich Beach. There are 4 pods on site, each named after a nearby mountain. There is also a communal, social area with outdoor seating and a fire pit.

There are pet free and pet-friendly pods onsite making it suitable for everyone. A parking space is available per pod a short walk from the pods themselves.

The  NC500 Pods is an incredibly popular place to stay and we would recommend that if you are thinking about booking a trip here, you book now to avoid disappointment as they book up so quick! 

You can read more about our stay at the NC500 Pods in Achmelvich here.

nc500 pod

The Hideaway (with Hot Tub), Lochinver

The Hideaway is a beautiful accommodation surrounded by the Assynt mountains in Lochinver. The interior is very modern and the accommodation offers a garden, a patio and a terrace. 

The lodge has a private bathroom with a large shower. There is also free WiFi and a satellite flat-screen TV. In the kitchenette, there is a microwave and a fridge as well as a washing machine.

To top it off, the Hideaway lodge has a hot tub that guests can use. 

Book your stay at the Hideaway in Lochinver here.

Lochinver

Wuthering Heights, Gairloch

Wuthering Heights is a small traditional Scottish Shepherds hut that is small and cosy with a comfortable double bed.

This accommodation is located in the owners garden and has free Wi-Fi as well as a barbecue.

There is a fully equipped kitchen in the pod which also has a microwave. There is a seating area with a flat screen TV. This hut has a private bathroom which comes complete with a shower and a hairdryer. 

Book your stay at Wuthering Heights here.

Gairloch

Before You Leave on the North Coast 500

Before you head off on your trip around the NC500, there are certain things you will need to get organised to ensure a smooth trip. These include how to get around the route, including being aware of single track roads, etc., what to pack for Scotland, where to stay along the route and what travel insurance to book.

Read more planning tips for the North Coast 500 in our full guide.

 

How Do I Get Around the NC500?

Given the remote location of the NC500 and the majority of the sights along the route, the best way to get around this road trip is by driving. There are of course other methods that are still popular, such as cycling and hiking, however, if you have a short amount of time on the route, neither of these are very suitable.

As for public transport, the use around the NC500 is understandably difficult due to how remote each location is, however, with the increasing problem of congestion along the route, this is a good option to research if you have time. If it is something that interests you, you can read a public formed itinerary of how to get around the NC500 by public transport over here.

If you are looking to rent a cosy, reliable and luxurious campervan for your trip along the NC500, we highly recommend hiring through Bunk Campers. We toured with these guys around the up-and-coming Heart 200 road trip in Scotland’s central highlands and could not believe the comfort and customer service we experienced with their vans.

Browse the full range of vehicles on offer at Bunk Campers over here.

Passing Place by the Bealach na Ba Pass.

What Should I Pack for the NC500?

When it comes to packing for a trip along the NC500 there is one item of clothing that you are going to need all year round: a waterproof. It rains in Scotland on average 250 days a year, meaning that during your 7-day NC500 road trip you will probably experience at least a drizzle of rain. Due to this, the number one item on any Scotland packing list is a good waterproof jacket.

 

As for the rest of the year, the temperature in Scotland and the central heartlands is reasonably mild for most of the year. During the winter months, you will most likely experience snow, however, temperatures usually sit around freezing, so it is not too cold. For your reference, the average temperatures in Scotland are listed below during each season.

Spring (March, April, May) – 5-10 degrees C

Summer (June, July, August) – 15 degrees C

Autumn (September, October, November) – 5-10 degrees C

Winter (December, January, February) – 0-5 degrees C

 

As you can see, the weather never really gets above the teens, with anything over 25 degrees C considered a heatwave. The best way to pack for your trip to the highlands is with layers that can be added and removed as you need them. You will definitely need a hat and gloves during the colder months and will most likely need sunscreen to protect you on the long days in the open.

For our full list of items that we pack no matter where we go in the world, check out our full packing guides over here.

 

Given the beautiful sights and scenery that you are no doubt going to see around Scotland, we highly recommend packing a good camera for your trip. If you want to read more about the cameras we use and why we love them, check out the link below.

You can read what else we keep in our camera bag over here.

 

Photography Equipment

Main Photography Camera – Sony A7iii Mirrorless Camera

Main Lens – Sony FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM 

Zoom Lens – Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8

Camera Stand – Neewer Portable 177cm

Vlogging Camera – Sony HX90v

Action Camera – GoPro Hero 8 Black

Drone Camera – DJI Mavic Pro 2

Camera Bag – Lowepro Flipside 300 AW

 

Where Should I Stay on the NC500?

The remoteness in the highlands of Scotland will leave you with little choice of accommodation in each location along the NC500, however, there are still enough options to choose from to ensure a comfortable trip. These are mostly in the shape of B&Bs, Airbnbs, converted cottages and other quirky accommodations.

Depending on how adventurous you are, there may be more accommodation choices than just the above, often with an even better view. Caravan and camping sites are abundant along the NC500, drawing camping enthusiasts from all over the world. For some of the most spectacular bedside scenery along the North Coast 500, we recommend packing a tent and getting in touch with nature for the week.

As we travelled along the North Coast 500, camped in our trusty Vango tent on a mixture of campsites and wild sites. Wild camping is a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of the highlands, however, it must be done respectfully. Read our full guide to Wild Camping if you wish to give it a go so you know everything you need to for a comfortable and sustainable trip.

camping in scotland

What is the Best Travel Insurance?

No matter what type of adventure you are heading on, whether it is a mountain adventure or a relaxing beach destination, one thing we all need to be aware of is that accidents can happen. The last thing you want is for an unexpected medical emergency to ruin your trip of a lifetime. Luckily, that is what travel insurance is for.

Whenever we travel abroad, we get covered with World Nomad’s Travel Insurance, a reliable, friendly and extremely affordable method of covering yourself on any adventure. With years of experience working for backpackers around the globe, the service they provide is perfect for whatever type of trip you have planned.

Get covered for your next trip and get a quote from World Nomad’s right here.

So there you have it, glamping accommodation on the NC500. If you have visited the NC500 recently, let us know if you have stayed at any other places listed above,  or if you have any suggestions let us know in the comments below.

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