‘Horrendous!’: Locals fume at campervans spoiling popular North Coast 500 road trip route

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Locals have blasted tourists for ruining the scenic 516-mile road route, dubbed Scotland’s ‘Route 66’. The North Coast 500 goes around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.

The route is also known as the NC500 and was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland in one touring route.

With the popularity of the route growing massively since lockdown, thousands may try the 500-mile challenge over the bank holiday weekend.

Campervans and motorhomes have been blamed for hogging the streets and not taking care of their rubbish.

A fifth of the route is on single track roads, and there have been particular motoring issues at places like Durness in Sutherland and Applecross in Wester Ross.

There have even been complaints of campers going to the toilet outdoors rather than walking to the public toilets 500 metres away.

Locals watched in horror earlier this month when a camper was seen going to the toilet on a bin in Kinlochbervie, Sutherland.

One frustrated local told the Today programme: “Horrendous. The amount of campervans, the amount of traffic.

“I think it’s clogged up too much.”


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Another concerned local commented on the traffic on Twitter, saying: “Loch Assynt.  Awesome place. 

“Sadly it’s cursed by the NC500, best to avoid that whole route until mid-September.”

The official Route 500 website warns drivers, saying: “It only takes one person who is not used to driving a large vehicle to block the road completely to the detriment of other users, those that use the road for work, and importantly – emergency vehicles.

“You must feel comfortable reversing the vehicle correctly and safely as you may be required to do this on single track roads.

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