Self Drive - Trisha Green & Jay Greenberg

Trisha Green and Jay Greenberg

Monday 12th August – Tuesday 20th August 2024

Number of Travellers: -1
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights


This self-drive holiday explores the dramatic North Coast 500 on a tour of the north of Scotland while enjoying privately guided walks, wonderful boat trips and staying in comfortable Highland hotels and guesthouses.

The North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to Route 66, starting in Inverness this 500-mile round journey takes in some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer. On this 8-day self-drive holiday, you will meander through the impossibly quiet roads of the Northern Highlands. Enjoy privately guided walks while exploring the unspoilt scenery at your own pace along the way.  At the end of each day, relax in cosy and welcoming country house hotels.


  • Soak up the magnificent scenery along the North Coast 500, one of the worlds most beautiful road trips.
  • Enjoy a walk out to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain.
  • Choose from a variety of cliff, coastal or mountain guided and self guided walks.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 12th August - Begin the North Coast 500 - Travel to Torridon

Today you’ll start your journey on the iconic North Coast 500 and make your way to Sheildaig, in the Torridon area, where you will spend the next two nights. Soak up the spectacular beauty of the area; the rugged mountains, the scenic loch and diverse wildlife.

Overnight: Shieldaig | Tigh an Eilean
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Tuesday 13th August - Walking Torridon/Applecross

After breakfast, meet your Wilderness Scotland guide, Kristina this morning, to discuss options for today’s walk in the Torridon or Applecross area. Kristina will help you select a suitable hike, choosing from coastal or mountain walks, and keeping in mind the weather and your experience and preferences for today. Applecross is a sleepy and idyllic part of the Highlands, surrounded by stunning mountain and coastal scenery. Torridon has a different character altogether, being surrounded by bold, towering peaks, separated by spectacular glens with a real sense of wilderness. Both are wonderful areas to explore on foot so this is a great way to start your adventure.

Overnight: Shieldaig | Tigh an Eilean
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Guide Details - Kristina Wetter Read More +

Name: Kristina Wetter
Contact Number: +44 (0) 7742312830
Meeting Place: Tigh an Eilean Reception | Meeting Time: 09:30

Please be sure to have a packed lunch ready to take with you for today. Confirm before heading back to the hotel today what time you wish to meet Kristina tomorrow morning.

Day 3 - Wednesday 14th August - Morning walk; then onwards North

Kristina will meet you at your hotel again this morning to discuss the day. Another hike lies ahead and there are many great options to choose from – your guide will suggest the best route. This could include a circuit of the shapely peak of Stac Pollaidh; or exploring the coastline and sandy beaches of Gairloch. After your walk, you will make your way to your next cosy stop for the coming 2 nights.

Overnight: Sutherland | Kylesku Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Guide Details - Kristina Wetter Read More +

Name: Kristina Wetter
Contact Number: +44 (0) 7742312830
Meeting Place: Tigh an Eilean Reception

Please be sure to have a packed lunch ready to take with you for today.

Day 4 - Thursday 15th August - Self Guided and Handa Island

In the morning you have some free time – you could enjoy a short hike on your own, explore Lochinver village, or simply relax at the hotel. A visit to Lochinver Larder is a must for one of their famous pies. If you are keen to walk, great options include a walk to Stoer lighthouse and the Old Man of Stoer (a sea stack); or a coastal beach walk to the gorgeous Achmelvich beach.

A fantastic option for today is to take the Handa Island ferry across to the island to explore. Handa Island is home to over 200,000 seabirds such as guillemot, and razorbills, and upwards of 250 pairs of puffins breed here. You have a great chance of seeing the birdlife along with other marine life such as minke whales, dolphins and if you’re lucky, even orca. 
The ferry cannot be booked in advance as it is very small, so simply arrive and pay on the day (last ferry outwards to the island departs at 2pm, and the ferry does not run on Sundays)

Overnight: Sutherland | Kylesku Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Friday 16th August - Cape Wrath

This morning you may wish to visit Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the Scottish mainland. It’s not easy to reach and your journey there will involve crossing by boat over the Kyle of Durness. You will be met on the other side and then driven across the moors to reach the wild and lonely Cape Wrath lighthouse. Once there, you have an hour to explore the area, taking in the dramatic coastline, looking for passing whales, or simply enjoying a refreshment in what is surely Scotland’s most remote coffee shop. To take the ferry simply pay on arrival at Keoldale.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer, you can continue on eastwards to Forss. On your way, you can explore some of Scotland’s finest beaches such as the sand dunes at Durness and Balnakeil.

Overnight: Thurso | Northern Sands Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Saturday 17th August - No Further North! Dunnet Head and John O'Groats

Today is a free day to explore the most northerly points in the Scottish mainland. You’ll want to visit Dunnet Head, officially the furthest north point of the British mainland. Enjoy the stunning sea cliffs and a diverse range of birds including puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags and cormorants.

John O’Groats is the most northerly settlement on the British mainland and is fun to visit. There is a great cliff-top walk at nearby Duncansby Head. A great way to appreciate the wild coastal scenery is a boat trip. This can take in Duncansby Head and its sea stacks, the Isle of Stroma and the Swilkie whirlpool – Viking legend would have you believe this is where the salt for the oceans is churned.

Overnight: Thurso | Northern Sands Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Sunday 18th August - Journey to Inverness

After breakfast, begin your journey to Inverness passing the stunning white sand beach on Sinclair Bay. Along the way you may want to pay a visit to the Glenmorangie distillery – ensure you have a designated driver! Once at Inverness, there are various options for the afternoon – perhaps visit Culloden Battlefield or take a boat cruise on Loch Ness.

Overnight: Inverness | Rocpool Reserve Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Rocpool Afternoon Tea and Tasting Spoons Read More +

As part of your stay at Rocpool Reserve, they include the following:

  • Afternoon Tea: Indulge in the elegance of traditional afternoon tea, complete with delightful pastries and a selection of fine teas or coffee. Afternoon tea will be served from 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Tasting Spoons: Embark on a culinary journey with our early evening Tasting Spoons experience, where you will savour a selection of delectable small bites and discover a world of flavours. This will be served from 5.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Drinks: Enjoy a curated selection of beverages, including signature cocktails, fine wines, and spirits, during the tasting spoons experience to complement your relaxation and celebration.

Day 8 - Monday 19th August - Exploring Inverness

Today is a free day to explore at your own pace. You may wish to visit Culloden Battlefield and their extensive visitor centre to learn all about the site where the Jacobite uprising came to a brutal end in 1746, take a boat trip on the iconic Loch Ness, visit Urquhart Castle, or simply stroll along the river side in the city and potter around some shops. Whatever you decide to do, you’re bound to have a wonderful day. Return to Inverness for your final evening, and settle back in for a relaxing night at Rocpool Reserve.

Overnight: Inverness | Rocpool Reserve Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Tuesday 20th August - Depart

After a leisurely breakfast, and having had a wonderful time completing the NC500, you can make your way home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 8 nights accommodation in comfortable highland hotels and guesthouses chosen for comfort and location.
  • Breakfast each day
  • 2 days of privately guided hikes, led by an expert Wilderness Scotland guide
  • Route maps and notes, allowing you to explore the region at your own pace
  • Support from the Wilderness Scotland team should you need us (available 24/7 on our
    emergency phone)
Exclusions Read More

• Car Hire
• Travel Insurance
• Any activity or entrance fees not specified in the inclusions
• Cape Wrath excursion and Handa Ferry are not included and can be paid locally

Notes Read More

Exploring Inverness – Some options include:

* Culloden Battlefield
* Loch Ness Boat Cruise
* Urquhart Castle, along Loch Ness
* Cawdor Castle, near Nairn
* Loch an Eilean circuit, Aviemore
* Loch Morlich, Glenmore
* Lochan Uiane, also known as the the Green Loch, Glenmore

The Visit Cairngorms website will give you many more details –
To look over local walking routes during your time on the NC500 visit Walk Highlands –

Important Contact Numbers Read More
Wilderness Scotland Office | 9:00am – 5:30pm

UK: +44 (0)1479 420 020
US: 866 740 3890

Out of Office Hours | 5:30pm – 9:00am

+44 (0)7766 794 640

Emergency Services


Important Additional Information Read More
  • Wilderness Walking Kit List - PDF: View Now
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Get in Touch


Tigh an Eilean

Tigh an Eilean Hotel | Shieldaig | On Loch Torridon |
IV54 8XN | Phone: +44 (0) 1520 755251

Kylesku Hotel

Kylesku Hotel | Sutherland |
IV27 4HW | Phone: +44 (0) 1971 910047

Northern Sands Hotel

Dunnet | Thurso |
KW14 8XD | Phone: +44 (0) 1847 851 300 /270

Rocpool Reserve Hotel

Culduthel Road | Inverness |
Phone: +44 (0)1463 240089

Meet Your Guide

Kristina Wetter

Contact Number: +44 (0) 7742312830

I grew up in Germany, and for the last 20 years, l have lived in Switzerland, Australia, Germany, and the UK for the last 13 years. I started my professional career as a social support worker, working in a residential setting with adults with learning disabilities, but then started the process of becoming an Outdoor Facilitator in 2001.

I have worked full-time as an Outdoor Instructor and Expedition Leader since 2006 – first for two years in Australia, then briefly back in Germany/Austria, and, since 2011, here in the UK, where I started in North Wales for the first three years.

After living in the Lake District in England for almost ten years, I recently moved to the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland, where I have spent a few winters over the years.

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