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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
Scotland
, starting and ending at Inverness
Inverness
Castle . The North Coast 500 (also known as NC500) was created by the North Highland Initiative and was designed to bring together the best of the north Highlands of Scotland
Scotland
in one iconic touring route. CONTENTS * 1 Route * 2 History * 3 References * 4 External links ROUTEThe route runs through the traditional counties of Inverness-shire , Ross and Cromarty
Ross and Cromarty
, Sutherland
Sutherland
and Caithness
Caithness

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Sutherland
SUTHERLAND is a historic county in the Highlands of Scotland
Scotland
. Its county town is Dornoch
Dornoch
. Sutherland
Sutherland
borders Caithness
Caithness
to the east, Ross-shire to the south and the Atlantic
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
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
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
Orkney

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Caithness
CAITHNESS ( Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
: Gallaibh , Scots : Caitnes; Old Norse : Katanes ) is a historic county , registration county and lieutenancy area of Scotland
Scotland
. Caithness
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
Caithness
also has an airport at Wick . The Pentland Firth island of Stroma is within Caithness
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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 village The Black Isle Show , one of the largest agricultural shows in Scotland, is held every August in a showground near Muir of Ord. The showground is a popular exhibition site thanks to the surrounding flower fields. The village is served by Muir of Ord railway station , opened in 1869. The Glen Ord Distillery is one of the few remaining whisky distilleries on the Black Isle . Muir of Ord also has a local football team, Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. , that competes in the North Caledonian Football League
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Ross And Cromarty
ROSS AND CROMARTY (Scottish Gaelic : Ros agus Cromba) is a variously defined area in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
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 (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. The rocks are of Cambrian
Cambrian
and Precambrian
Precambrian
age
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Inverness-shire
The SHIRE OF INVERNESS (Scottish Gaelic : Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) is a historic county and lieutenancy area of Scotland. Covering much of the Highlands , it is Scotland's largest county, though one of the smallest in population, with 67,733 people or 1.34% of the national population
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Scotland
SCOTLAND (/ˈskɒt.lənd/ ; Scots : ; Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
: Alba
Alba
( listen )) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
. It shares a border with England
England
to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
, with the North Sea
North Sea
to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides . The Kingdom of Scotland
Kingdom of Scotland
emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages
Early Middle Ages
and continued to exist until 1707
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Primary Status
ROADS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM form a network of varied quality and capacity. Road
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
Great Britain
, whilst in Northern Ireland , there is no available explanation for the allocation of road numbers. The earliest specifically engineered roads were built during the British Iron Age
British Iron Age
. The road network was expanded during the Roman occupation . Some of these survive and others were lost
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Scottish Highlands
The HIGHLANDS (Scots : the Hielands; Scottish Gaelic : A' Ghàidhealtachd, "the place of the Gaels ") are a historic region of Scotland . Culturally, the Highlands and the Lowlands diverged from the later Middle Ages into the modern period , when Lowland Scots replaced Scottish Gaelic throughout most of the Lowlands. The term is also used for the area north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault , although the exact boundaries are not clearly defined, particularly to the east. The Great Glen divides the Grampian Mountains to the southeast from the Northwest Highlands . The Scottish Gaelic name of A\' Ghàidhealtachd literally means "the place of the Gaels" and traditionally, from a Gaelic-speaking point of view, includes both the Western Isles and the Highlands
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Bealach Na Bà
Coordinates : 57°25′58″N 5°45′9″W / 57.43278°N 5.75250°W / 57.43278; -5.75250 The 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 is a winding, single track road through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula , in 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%. It boasts the steepest ascent of any road climb in the UK , rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,054 ft), and is the third highest road in Scotland . The name is Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
for Pass of the Cattle, as it was historically used as a drovers\' road
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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
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
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. It is 4.25 miles (6.84 km) from the uninhabited island of Stroma
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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. 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
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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. As part of this HIE supports communities to acquire and develop land and other assets. HIE supports the growth ambitions of business and social enterprise clients working through an account management model in order to accelerate growth in turnover, profitability, wage levels, exports and therefore gross value added (GVA) in the HIE area
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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. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from Chicago
Chicago
, Illinois
Illinois
, through Missouri
Missouri
, Kansas
Kansas
, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
, Texas
Texas
, New Mexico
New Mexico
, and Arizona
Arizona
before ending at Santa Monica , California
California
, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). 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
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Ross-shire
Coordinates : 57°48′N 5°00′W / 57.8°N 5.0°W / 57.8; -5.0 ROSS-SHIRE Historic county COUNTRY Scotland
Scotland
COUNTY TOWN Dingwall
Dingwall
AREA • TOTAL 3,089 sq mi (8,000 km2) Ranked 3rd of 34 CHAPMAN CODE ROC (as part of Ross
Ross
and Cromarty)ROSS-SHIRE (Scottish Gaelic : Siorrachd Rois) is a historic county in the Scottish Highlands . The county borders Sutherland
Sutherland
, Cromartyshire (of which it contains many exclaves ), Inverness-shire and an exclave of Nairnshire
Nairnshire
. It includes most of Ross
Ross
as well as Lewis
Lewis
in the Outer Hebrides . Dingwall
Dingwall
is the traditional county town
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The Scotsman
THE SCOTSMAN is a Scottish compact newspaper and daily news website published from Edinburgh
Edinburgh

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