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North Coast 500
The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile (830 km) scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.[1] The route is also known as the NC500 and was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland
Scotland
in one iconic touring route.Contents1 Route 2 History 3 References 4 External linksRoute[edit] The route runs through the traditional counties of Inverness-shire, Ross and Cromarty,
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Primary Status
The United Kingdom has a network of roads, of varied quality and capacity, totalling about 262,300 miles (422,100 km). Road distances are shown in miles or yards and UK speed limits are indicated in miles per hour (mph) or by the use of the national speed limit (NSL) symbol. Some vehicle categories have various lower maximum limits enforced by speed limiters. Enforcement of UK road speed limits increasingly uses speed guns, automated in-vehicle systems and automated roadside traffic cameras. A unified numbering system is in place for Great Britain, whilst in Northern Ireland, there is no available explanation for the allocation of road numbers.[1] The earliest specifically engineered roads were built during the British Iron Age. The road network was expanded during the Roman occupation. Some of these survive and others were lost. New roads were added in the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and from the 17th century onwards
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Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle
is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland
Sutherland
and the Clan Sutherland. It is located 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Golspie, and approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Brora, overlooking the Dornoch Firth. Dunrobin's origins lie in the Middle Ages, but most of the present building and the gardens were added by Sir Charles Barry
Charles Barry
between 1835 and 1850. Some of the original building is visible in the interior courtyard, despite a number of expansions and alterations that made it the largest house in the north of Scotland
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Ross And Cromarty
Ross
Ross
and Cromarty (Scottish Gaelic: Ros agus Cromba) is a variously defined area in the Highlands and Islands
Highlands and Islands
of Scotland. There is a registration county and a lieutenancy area in current use, the latter of which is 8,019 square kilometres (3,096 square miles) in extent. Historically there has been a constituency of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (1832 to 1983), a local government county, also known as Ross-shire
Ross-shire
(1890 to 1975), a district of the Highland local government region (1975 to 1996) and a management area of the Highland Council (1996 to 2007). The local government county is now divided between two local government areas: the Highland area and Na h-Eileanan Siar (the Western Isles). The region has some of the most spectacular landscapes and some of the oldest rock formations in Europe
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Sutherland
Sutherland is a historic county, registration county and lieutenancy area in the Highlands of Scotland. Its county town is Dornoch.[1] Sutherland borders Caithness to the east, Ross-shire to the south and the Atlantic to the north and west. In Gaelic the area is referred to according to its traditional areas: Dùthaich MhicAoidh (or Dùthaich 'IcAoidh) in the northeast, Asainte (Assynt) in the west, and Cataibh in the east. Cataibh is also sometimes used to refer to the area as a whole. The name Sutherland dates from the era of Norwegian Viking rule and settlement over much of the Highlands and Islands, under the rule of the jarl of Orkney. Although it contains some of the northernmost land in the island of Great Britain, it was called Suðrland ("southern land") from the standpoint of Orkney and Caithness. The northwest corner of Sutherland, traditionally known as the Province of Strathnaver, was not incorporated into Sutherland until 1601
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Caithness
Caithness (Scottish Gaelic: Gallaibh [ˈkal̪ˠɪv], Scots: Caitnes;[1] Old Norse: Katanes[2]) is a historic county, registration county and lieutenancy area of Scotland. Caithness has a land boundary with the historic county of Sutherland and is otherwise bounded by sea. The land boundary follows a watershed and is crossed by two roads, the A9 and the A836, and one railway, the Far North Line. Across the Pentland Firth ferries link Caithness with Orkney, and Caithness also has an airport at Wick
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Muir Of Ord
Muir of Ord
Muir of Ord
(Scottish Gaelic: Am Blàr Dubh) is a village in Highland, Scotland. It is situated near the western boundary of the Black Isle, about 20 km west of the city of Inverness, and 10 km south of Dingwall. It has a population of 3,026.The centre of the villageThe Black Isle
Black Isle
Show,[2] one of the largest agricultural shows in Scotland, is held every August in a showground near Muir of Ord
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Bealach Na Bà
Coordinates: 57°25′58″N 5°45′9″W / 57.43278°N 5.75250°W / 57.43278; -5.75250The Bealach na Bà
Bealach na Bà
was the only road linking Applecross with the rest of the country until the late 20th century. Bealach na Bà
Bealach na Bà
is a winding, single track road through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula, in Wester Ross
Wester Ross
in the Scottish Highlands. The historic mountain pass was built in 1822 and is engineered similarly to roads through the great mountain passes in the Alps, with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%
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John O'Groats
John o' Groats
John o' Groats
(Scottish Gaelic: Taigh Iain Ghròt) is a village 2.5 miles (4 km) NE of the village of Canisbay, Caithness, in the far north of Scotland. John o' Groats
John o' Groats
lies on Britain's northeastern tip, and is popular with tourists as one end of the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland, with Land's End in Cornwall
Cornwall
lying 876 miles (1,410 km) to the southwest. It is not the most northerly point on the island of Britain (nearby Dunnet Head is further north). John o' Groats
John o' Groats
is 690 miles (1,110 km) from London, 280 miles (450 km) from Edinburgh, 6 miles (9.7 km) from the Orkney Isles and 2,200 miles (3,500 km) from the North Pole
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Wick, Scotland
Wick (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Ùige, Scots: Week[2]) is a town and royal burgh in Caithness, in the far north of Scotland. The town straddles the River Wick and extends along both sides of Wick Bay. Wick Locality had a population of 6,954 at the time of the 2011 census, a decrease of 3.8% from 2001.[3][4] Pulteneytown, which was developed on the south side of the river by the British Fisheries Society during the 19th century,[5] was officially merged into the burgh in 1902. The town is on the main road (the A99–A9 road) linking John o' Groats with southern Britain. The Far North railway line links Wick railway station with southern Scotland and with Thurso, the other burgh of Caithness. Wick Airport is on Wick's northern outskirts. The airport has two usable runways
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Ross-shire
Coordinates: 57°48′N 5°00′W / 57.8°N 5.0°W / 57.8; -5.0Ross-shireHistoric countyCountry ScotlandCounty town DingwallArea • Total 3,089 sq mi (8,000 km2)  Ranked 3rd of 34Chapman code ROC (as part of Ross
Ross
and Cromarty) Ross-shire
Ross-shire
(Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) is a historic county in the Scottish Highlands. The county borders Sutherland, Cromartyshire (of which it contains many exclaves), Inverness-shire
Inverness-shire
and an exclave of Nairnshire. It includes most of Ross
Ross
as well as Lewis
Lewis
in the Outer Hebrides
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Inverness
Inverness
Inverness
(/ɪnvərˈnɛs/ ( listen); from the Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Nis [iɲɪɾʲˈniʃ], meaning "Mouth of the River Ness") is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the administrative centre for the Highland council area,[2] and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands
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Visit Scotland
VisitScotland, formerly the Scottish Tourist Board, is the national tourism agency for Scotland. It is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, with offices in Edinburgh, Inverness, and London as well as other parts of Scotland. It operates alongside VisitBritain, an organisation with a similar remit for Great Britain as a whole.[1] VisitScotland brought VisitScotland.com, a public-private partnership, back into public ownership in 2008. One of the organisation's tasks is attracting visitors to Scotland, which it does through advertising, promotional campaigns, as well as encouraging press articles on Scotland and what it has to offer the business or consumer visitor. VisitScotland also aims to work with the tourism industry in Scotland to maintain standards in visitor attractions and accommodation provision, which it does through its quality grading schemes. VisitScotland works with its industry partners on area tourism partnership agreements
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Highlands & Islands Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland and is home to around 450,000 people. HIE's role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region. To achieve this it creates infrastructure for future investment, assists large and small businesses with growth aspirations and has a unique role strengthening communities, particularly in fragile areas
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US Route 66
U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.[4] The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).[5] It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s. US 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and the road supported the economies of the communities through which it passed
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The Press And Journal (Scotland)
The Press and Journal is a daily regional newspaper serving northern and highland Scotland
Scotland
including the cities of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
and Inverness. Established in 1747, it is Scotland's oldest daily newspaper[1] and one of the longest-running newspapers in the world.[2]Contents1 History 2 Editors 3 Present-day situation 4 Coverage of Trump International Golf Links Development 5 See also 6 References 7 Bibliography 8 External linksHistory[edit] The newspaper was first published as a weekly title, Aberdeen's Journal, on 29 December 1747. In 1748 it changed its name to the Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Journal. It was published on a weekly basis for 128 years until August 1876, when it became a daily newspaper. The newspaper was owned by the Chalmers family throughout the nineteenth century, and edited by members of the family until 1849, when William Forsyth became editor
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