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Exploring the North Coast 500: A Guide to EV Charging Points

This blog post provides a comprehensive guide to electric vehicle (EV) charging points along Scotland's North Coast 500, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable road trip experience.
Updated on
May 2, 2024

Embarking on the scenic North Coast 500 route in Scotland is an adventure of a lifetime, and for electric vehicle (EV) owners, planning is key. This blog post will guide you through the charging points along this iconic route, ensuring your journey is smooth and stress-free.

Inverness: The Starting Point

Begin your NC500 journey in the bustling city of Inverness, where you can charge your EV at Glebe Street with an EV Dot charger (Postcode: IV1 1RF). It’s the perfect spot to ensure a full battery before you set off on your adventure. If you want a good night sleep before you set off, Gask House is a great option with VoltShare EV chargers for guests (Postcode: IV2 6XG).

Fountain Street Car Park: A Stone’s Throw from Dunrobin Castle

As you move northwards, make a stop at Fountain Street Car Park (Postcode: KW10 6TH), conveniently located a short drive from the enchanting Dunrobin Castle. It’s an ideal place to recharge both your vehicle and your spirit.

Victoria Place Car Park: Before Castle of Old Wick

Next, head to Victoria Place Car Park (Postcode: KW1 4AP), where you can top up your EV’s battery before exploring the historic Castle of Old Wick.

Stunning Views at John O'Groats

John O’Groats Visitors Centre: Multiple Charging Options

Continuing to the edge of the mainland, the John O’Groats Visitors Centre (Postcode: KW1 4YR) offers multiple chargers in the car park, allowing you to select the best option for your EV.

Bettyhill Car Park: Overlooking Loch Eriboll

Drive over to Loch Eriboll and find a charging spot at Bettyhill Car Park (Postcode: KW14 7SP). The serene views of the loch provide a tranquil backdrop while you wait.

A838 Near Durness Beach: Convenient Top-Up

If you’re visiting the stunning Durness Beach and need a quick top-up, there’s a charging point at the Durness Visitor Centre (Postcode: IV27 4PY), ensuring you’re ready for the next leg of your journey.

Sandywood Bay Beach

Kinlochbervie Car Park: Boost Before Sandwood Bay Beach

Although Sandwood Bay Beach doesn’t have nearby charging facilities, you can get a boost at Kinlochbervie Car Park (Postcode: IV27 4RR) before you visit this remote beauty spot.

Ullapool’s Tesco: PodPoint Charger

In Ullapool, make a quick stop at Tesco (Postcode: IV26 2XB) to use the PodPoint charger. It’s a convenient way to recharge as you stock up on supplies.

The Torridon: En Route to Sheildaig

On your way down to the picturesque village of Sheildaig, stop at The Torridon (Postcode: IV22 2EY). It’s a great opportunity to charge your EV in a stunning setting.

Bealach na Ba

Smithy Community Hub: After Bealach na Ba

After taking in the breathtaking views at Bealach na Ba, head to Smithy Community Hub (Postcode: IV54 8YW) for another charging opportunity.

Eilean Donan Apartments: While Visiting the Castle

Don’t miss the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle, and while you’re there, charge your EV at Eilean Donan Apartments.

Drumnadrochit Tourist Information Centre: The Final Stop

As you circle back to Inverness and explore the mysteries of Loch Ness, make your final charging stop at Drumnadrochit Tourist Information Centre (Postcode: IV64 6TX).

We hope this guide has been useful while planning your North Coast 500 trip filled with the best of Scotland’s natural beauty. Remember to always to verify the current status of charging stations and their compatibility with your vehicle to avoid an unexpected flat battery!

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