BBC Alba presenter Anne Lundon discovers 'breathtaking' new side to Scotland during North Coast 500 road trip Scotland NowHaving never been to most of the places on Scotland's answer to Route 66 Anne thought the scenery would be pretty, but it was so spectacular she wants to do it all over again.
06:00, 15 MAY 2017Scotland NowAnne was blown away by the sights during her 500 mile road trip Get Scotland Now weekly updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWhen Anne Lundon began filming North Coast 500, she had a shameful confession to make.Despite being a native Gaelic speaker, covering Europe for the BBC Alba current affairs show E she cheap burberry clothes had never been to most of the places on Scotland's answer to Route 66."Although I'm from Lewis, there were many parts of this route I'd never been on," she said. "I was embarrassed to admit this at times. But it was glorious."The area around Ullapool was new to me. Before this trip, the only reason I would go there would be to get the ferry home."In the Outer Hebrides we have pretty authentic burberry outlet spectacular beaches and scenery. I'm always a little bit biased towards the islands, a bit protective of them. Of burberry online store usa course I think my home has got the best scenery in the world."So I expected the bits of the west coast I hadn't seen before to be pretty. But they were breathtaking."The 516 mile round trip known as the NC500 is designed to take drivers on a circular, B road tour around the most spectacular scenery on the mainland.Anne and her crew chose to shoehorn those mountains and beaches into eight days, starting at Inverness then heading west.In episode one, shown on BBC Alba tomorrow, she sets off from Inverness Castle and tackles Bealach Na B the mouth drying road to Applecross. In a VW Beetle. So no pressure there.She said: "As a driving experience it was spectacular, but a lot of roads encountered on the route were not for the faint hearted. Bealach Na B is not advised for learner drivers."The old drover's pass is carved out of the hillside in the style of the Alpine passes James Bond whizzes along in his sports cars. This is a bit like that, but with passing places, groups of bikers, peching cyclists, Germans in huge RVs and sheep and cows who think they own the road.All to be coped with in the Scottish climate."There are lots of blind summits and hairpin bends, plus steep edges," Anne said."On the whole, we were fairly lucky with the weather but it turned on us a bit there. It was like something out of a movie. The thick fog came down and I encountered a caravanette coming towards me. As there was quite a drop to the left, there wasn't much I could do burberry official outlet online but hang fire and hope for the best."Train guard's pride over famous Flying Scotsman locomotiveOn a drive when even the alpha males of Top Gear would appreciate aircon and power steering, Anne was in a vehicle designed to be mended by the blacksmith. It was "a drive unlike any other".
The NC500 was dreamed up by the North Highland Initiative two years ago, to encourage tourists to see the whole of the coast rather than the greatest hits. It is such a simple idea, it's amazing no one had done it before. In its first year, Now Travel magazine named it one of the top five coastal routes in the world.
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