Disclaimer – We stayed at the Newmore Highland Pods as part of a collaboration. The opinions below, however, are ours and are in no way influenced by this.
If you’re looking for a relaxing and secluded getaway in Scotland, the Newmore Highland Pods in Invergordon are definitely worth checking out. These self-catering pods offer the perfect combination of privacy, luxury, and stunning views over the river and forest ahead.
One of the standout features of these lodges is the hot tub, which is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing or hiking in the area.
Although, if you would rather stay put and enjoy the peace and quiet of your own private decking area, you can relax with a drink at the outdoor dining area or go for a soak in the hot tub. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by nature in a tranquil location like this.
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Newmore Highland Pods
- Newmore Highland Pods
- Location of the Newmore Highland Pods
- Relax in the Lounge
- Unwind in the Bedroom
- Get Naked in the Bathroom
- Cook up a Feast in the Kitchen
- Indulge in the Local Food
- Enjoy the Views from the Hot tub and garden
- Overview of our Stay at the Newmore Highland Pods
- Preparing for your trip to the NC500
Newmore Highland Pods
There are currently four pods on-site at the Newmore Highland Pods. Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Glen Ord and Glen Wyvis, all named after Scottish whisky. All pods sleep a maximum of four people, with one double bed and a sofa bed. Each pod has its own private decking and balcony area with a hot tub with lovely views over the pond.
Inside the pod, you’ll find everything you need for a comfortable stay and is both cozy and spacious. You will even receive a welcome basket with goodies when you arrive. With the pods being self-catering, you can come and go as you please, and cook your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen.
There is free wifi in all the pods and the password is available in the lodge.
When you make your booking at the Newmore Highland Pods, you will receive a booking confirmation with the pod name that you will be staying in. Dawn and Hugh, the friendly owners of Newmore Highland Pods, will then greet you and check you in on arrival. If you need any assistance when you are in the pod, you will be able to contact them and they will be able to assist you.
There is a BBQ hut at Newmore Highland Pods where you can make the most of the shelter and warmth on the cooler days and have your BBQ indoors.
Location of Newmore Highland Pods
The location of Newmore Highland Pods is perfect if you are travelling the North Coast 500, Cairngorms National Park or the Inverness area as it sits only a short drive or train ride from Inverness, located in Invergordon.
However, staying at Newmore Highland Pods feels totally removed from civilisation, the views infront of your pod being totally private with only the ducks and chickens to see.
Newmore Highland Pods is located a short 8 minute drive from the town of Invergordon where you can find a variety of cafes and restaurants to enjoy during your stay. On arrival at Newmore Highland Pods you will see a welcome book where you can read more about all of the great places to explore in and around Invergordon.
Relax in the Lounge
In the Glenmorangie pod, we had a very comfortable lounge area with a corner sofa that pulls out into a bed. There is a flat-screen smart TV and also great views out the doors to the river and the sunset. The TV has Netflix and other catch up apps, including YouTube, as well as the 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 paintings throughout. The pod is well insulated and there is a fan available that you can use if it is too warm.
Unwind in the Bedroom
The pods at Newmore Highland Pods have an open plan living area and kitchen, however, the bedroom and bathroom are separate. The bedroom is small yet cosy with a comfortable double bed and pillows and a dressing area with drawers at the end of the bed. There is also a bedside table on either side of the bed.
We found the coverless duvet so comforting and had such a goodnights sleep in this bed.
Get Naked in the Bathroom
Each pod has its own en-suite bathroom with a lovely hot shower. To save you from bringing your own, bath towels and hand towels are included in the pod, as well as separate towels and robes for the hot tub. There is also a hair dryer in the drawers in the bedroom for your use.
Cook up a Feast in the Kitchen
Each pod is fitted with a small, well-equipped kitchen area, complete with utensils, a microwave, kettle and a toaster. There is also a breakfast bar dining area with two stools.
The fridge has some essentials waiting for you on your arrival and there is also a freezer.
The welcome pack was a lovely touch to our arrival at Newmore Highland Pods and gave us that lovely taste of luxury during our stay.
Enjoy the Views from the Hot Tub
A little something to make your stay at the Newmore Highland Pods that little bit more luxurious is the hot tub on your private decking. The fencing around your pod and decking allow for this area to feel very private so you are not being overlooked in your hot tub by your neighbours.
There are robes and slippers in the pod that you can use for going out to the hot tub and there are instructions for how to use it in the welcome book.
On the decking, there is a table and chairs which we enjoyed sitting out to have our breakfast and watch the ducks and chickens wandering around on a sunny morning in Scotland.
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.
How Do I Get Around?
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 recommend hiring through Spaceships
Where to Stay on the NC500
There is a wide range of accommodations around the NC500 route, so you will not be short on options. Depending on how long you are spending in each area will depend on how long you spend in that location. It is worth bearing in mind that some accommodations will require you to stay a minimum number of nights so it is worth researching this when you are planning your North Coast 500 itinerary.
Our new book North Coast 500 Where to Eat and Stay shares the best places to eat and stay around the NC500 and includes whether places are dog friendly, accessible, have wifi and EVC ad whether they cater to dietry requirements.
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.
What Should I Pack?
When it comes to packing for a trip to Scotland 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 5-day Heart 200 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.
We would also recommend taking our NC500 guidebooks with you on your journey. This will help you plan your itinerary and ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the best places to go on the NC500. Our Destination NC500 guidebook is well paired with NC500 Where to Eat and Stay and you can buy the combo 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.
Microphone – Shure VP83 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
Main Lens – Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8
Zoom Lens – Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8
Camera Tripod – ZOMEI Z669C Camera Tripod
Gorilla Pod – JOBY JB01507-BWW GorillaPod
Drone Camera – DJI Mavic Pro 3
Sturdy Phone Tripod & Selfie Stick – ATUMTEK 61″ Selfie Stick Tripod, Sturdy Phone Tripod Stand with Wireless Remote
What is the Best Travel Insurance for the North Coast 500
I know travel insurance is the least enjoyable thing to purchase and look at when you’re planning a trip, however, you wouldn’t want to be without it in the event that something happened. Accidents can happen anywhere and the extortionate medical bills will ruin your trip if you are not covered.
To ensure you have a stress-free trip with no worries about potential medical bills, make sure you cover yourself when you travel. We can recommend using SafetyWing, a backpacker-friendly and cheap insurance company that provides good coverage and support. It is also nomad-friendly, unlike most other insurance companies, meaning you do not need to worry about being out of your home country for too long.
So there you have it, our review of Newmore Highland Pods on the North Coast 500.
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