Disclaimer – We stayed at the NC500 Pods as part of a collaboration. The opinions below, however, are ours and are in no way influenced by this. 

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. This post is specifically about the NC500 Pods in Brora, however, they do also have pods in Achmelvich on the west coast of the north coast 500.

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NC500 Pods Brora - A Complete and Personal Review

Our stay at the NC500 pods in Brora was very welcoming. We stayed in the Ben Bhraggie Pod and in this post we will go into more detail of our experience here and what you can expect if you book a stay yourself. 

  • The NC500 Pods
  • Location of the NC500 Pods
  • Relax in the Lounge
  • Unwind in the Bedroom
  • Get Naked in the Bathroom
  • Cook up a Feast in the Kitchen
  • Indulge on the Local Food
  • Enjoy the Views from the Sauna
  • Overview of our Stay at the NC500 Pods
  • Preparing for your trip to the NC500
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The NC500 Pods

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. 

When you make your booking at the NC500 Pods, you will receive a booking confirmation with the pod name and a key code. The key code will give you access to the small key safe that sits on the outside of the pod with your key inside.

If you need any assistance when you are in the pod, there are help signs guiding you to pages in a very easy to read welcome guide.

The NC500 Pods is a dog friendly accommodation on the NC500, however, they must not be left in the pods on their own and must be kept under control at all times.

You can book your stay at the NC500 Pods right here.

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Location of the NC500 Pods

The location of the NC500 Pods is perfect if you are travelling around the north coast of Scotland as it sits only a short drive from Brora, meaning that it is also only 5 minutes away from the beach. The town of Brora itself is within easy walking distance, so while you are staying at the pods you can check out the things to do in Brora. 

Staying in the pods, doesn’t feel this close to civilization however, sitting under the mountains and surrounded by fields it is a very peaceful location. 

There is a single track road leading to pods and a small parking area with enough room for one car per pod. 

The distance from the car park to the pods is not far, however the slate stones underfoot could make it difficult to pull a suitcase so we could advise bringing luggage that you can carry. To add, this would also make access difficult for those with impaired mobility.

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Relax in the Lounge 

In the Ben Bhraggie Pod, we had a very comfortable L-shaped couch, in line with a flat screen TV. The TV has Netflix and other catch up apps, including YouTube, however,  there are no standard satellite channels. If you are wanting to charge your devices, there are plenty of charging points around the pod, both USB and 3 pin plugs.

The interior inside the pods is very modern and they are decorated with beautiful tartan throughout. The underfloor heating is a nice addition, keeping the well insulated pod nice and warm. 

Ben Bhraggie, along with some of the other pods, sleep 4 people as the couch pulls out into a comfortable double bed and the dining table extends with extra chairs. The Honeymoon pod is an exception to this, with only room for two.

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Unwind in the Bedroom 

The pod is open plan, apart from the bathroom, the bedroom is separated from the lounge area with a cut out partician. There is a blind that can be pulled over this partcian if necessary. The double bed is extremely comfortable and there is unique shelving on each side for additional storage overnight.

There is a full length mirror on the outside of the bathroom door, giving an extended feeling to the pod. Unpack your clothes onto the clothes hangers that hang at the end of the bed and beneath, at the bottom of the bed is some storage space for your bags.

nc500 pods bed
nc500 pods bed

Get Naked in the Bathroom

Each pod has it’s own en-suite bathroom with a lovely hot shower. To save you bringing your own, bath towels and hand towels are included in the room. There is also a hair dryer under the sink for your use.

nc500 pods shower

Cook up a Feast in the Kitchen 

Each pod is fitted with a small, well equipped kitchen area, complete with utensils, a microwave, oven, kettle and toaster. There is also a small fold out table that sits neatly against the wall and can be pulled out to dine at. 

There are two additional seats if there are more than 2 people staying, however, this is not the case in the honeymoon suite. There is also a fridge for you to store your food.

nc500 pods interior

Indulge in the Local Food

On our arrival, we were recommended Sid’s Spice, an Indian in the village of Brora. Sid’s Spice has been voted the second best Indian in Scotland so we had to give it a go. There is a range of options on the menu and we were really impressed with the food and the price.

We can also recommend visiting Cocoa Skye in Brora village for breakfast, their waffles are next level!

If you are wanting to buy food before you arrive at the NC500 Pods, there is a Co-op in Brora village. 

There are recycling facilities onsite to dispose of your waste.

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Enjoy the Views from the Sauna

A little something to make your stay that NC500 pods that little bit more luxurious is the unique sauna that is onsite. The sauna is a small wooden cabin and shaped like a pod to fit in with the theme of the area. 

It takes around 20 minutes to heat up so we would recommend turning it on before you want to go in. This is the best way to heat up after you’ve been for a wild swim!

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nc500 pods sauna
nc500 pods outside

Overview of our Stay at The NC500 Pods

The NC500 Pods is a lovely bit of luxury on the east coast of the NC500. We were given a very warm welcome from the host and had a very comfortable stay here. We spend two nights at the NC500 pods and cooked one night and had a take-away from Sid’s Spice on the other night. The kitchen was very easy to cook in and didn’t feel too small. 

 

The NC500 Pods is a great glamping accommodation on the NC500 that we can highly recommend.

Book your stay at the NC500 Pods, right here.

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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.

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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

 

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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, a complete and personal review of our stay at The NC500 Pods If you are planning a trip to the NC500 then we can highly recommend you spend a night at the NC500 Pods. If you have already visited the NC500 Pods, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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