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North Coast 500 Airbnbs: Self-Contained Private Properties For Rent

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Planning a road trip around the North Coast 500 and looking for the best self-catering accommodation? This guide to North Coast Airbnbs details where to stay in the Scottish Highlands for those on a budget or travellers looking to cook at home, avoiding public spaces.

So let’s take a look at the best Airbnbs on the NC500 to help you book the right apartment for your trip, whether that be a long weekend with friends or an extended break.

We’ll look at the location, rental amenities, suitability and prices. All of the below properties are self-contained with no shared areas.

Read first: Everything you need to know about the NC500

Self-Catering Airbnbs on the North Coast 500


Cute 1-Bedroom Apartment in Inverness

This 1-bed flat (apartment) is a compact space in the gateway to the Highlands.

Perfect located, situated across from Inverness Castle.

Free parking is ideal for those setting off for the NC500 from Inverness.

  • 2 guests/1 bedroom

1-bed apartment Inverness North Coast 500 accommodation

About Inverness

Inverness is a popular city in Scotland referred to as The Gateway to The Highlands.

This is where the River Ness and Moray Firth meet and you can enjoy boat tours on the water in the city.

Inverness is packed with history from the Cathedral to the Castle and the old Victorian Market.

Live music can be found at Hootananny’s.

Inverness city skyline, bridge, sea, NC500 route


Stylish 2-Bed With Netflix at The Lobster Pot

The Lobster Pot is a new 2-bedroom self-catering apartment in Shieldaig.

Decor is stylish yet comfortable and guests love sitting in front of the log burning fire.

There is a full super king bed in one room and twin beds in the second room.

Kitchen is fully equipped and there is a SMART TV with Netflix.

Free WiFI is available throughout the house and private parking is onsite.

The owners live next door so you can say hello or enjoy your stay in privacy.

  • 4 guests/2 bedrooms

The Lobster Pot Shieldaig by Hazel

About Shieldaig

Shieldaig is a small fishing village on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands.

Beinn Shieldaig majestically sits over the village.

The main street includes a pub that serves pizza on a sunny balcony.

The nearest town is Gairloch.

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Luxury 2-Bed House

Underfloor heating for winter, outside patio with chairs for summer, what else could any North Coast 500 road tripper want after a day of travelling and a boat tour at Gairloch?

‘SandyBits’ is a 2-bed house on the Gairloch Peninsula built by the hosts as a second home that they love to share with others.

The entire property is yours to book. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a cosy sitting area.

WiFi may be a little slower since you are very rural in Gairloch. That’s the charm though, right?

Parking is available at the property and there’s even an electric car charger.

  • 4 guests/2 bedrooms

Gairloch House Credit Karen

About Gairloch

Gairloch is a village on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross. Visitors enjoy boat rides and wildlife trips from this popular summer spot.


Hotel rooms in Ullapool are not hard to come by, but there are no ‘entire place’ Airbnbs available in the town. Accommodation books up fast in high season so book ahead. You can read more about hotels in Ullapool in our NC500 accommodation guide.

Unique Accommodation Near Ullapool – Lochside Roundhouse (Am Falachan)

If you are planning something a little different during your stay on the NC500, consider the Lochside Roundhouse.

On the shores of Loch Broom, you will find the unusually shaped Am Falachan. Located 10 miles from Ullapool, this secluded accommodation would suit a couple who like nature walks.

There is a double sofa bed with bespoke mattress, kitchen, underfloor heating, and wood-burning stove. A shower is also fitted on the premises.

There is WiF if you want it, although speeds are slower than what you may expect so don’t plan to be streaming or working from home at this location.

The main attraction is the 180-degree floor-to-ceiling windows that take in the loch and Beinn Dearg.

  • 2 guests/1 bedroom

Lochside Roundhouse Ullapool NC500 Accommodation By Rebekah_

About Ullapool

Ullapool is a lively town on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. Here you will have great food and live music every night of the week in high season.

Hikers should check out Stac Pollaidh.

This is one of my favourite towns in the whole of Scotland.


The Cutest Kishorn Kabin

Looking for something a little bit rustic but fully equipped with mod cons? The Kishorn Kabin is a hit with couples and solo visitors.

There is a main bedroom and the option of an additional pullout bed or cot bed for kids.

There is a kitchen, but the nearest supermarkets are in Dingwall or Kyle of Lochalsh so stock up before arriving.

While the cabin is remote, it is located across from the famous Kishorn Seafood Bar Restaurant.

A strong powered shower is great for heating up after a day out in the mountains.

The wood-burning stove is a welcome addition to the gas central heating and guests love the outside awning for relaxing.

There is private parking next to the property.

Kishorn Kabin is perfect for those looking for a peaceful and comfortable stay away from it all.

  • 3 guests/1 bathroom

Kishorn Kabin on NC 500 Scotland Credit Lynda


Self-Contained Trendy Shepherd’s Hut

Looking for a simple yet nicely decorated accommodation on the North Coast 500 with views you will never want to leave?

This self-catering shepherd hut at Aiden House is a new option for visitors to Durness.

Features include a 40 inch TV, WiFi, modern bathroom and shower, 2-ring hob (stovetop), slow cooker (on request), microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge for chilled beers.

There is a bedroom and also gas central heating throughout, which is ideal because Durness gets chilly!

One of the most attractive aspects of this property is the patio with tables and chairs so you can relax in the fresh air with a dram or a coffee.

Dryness is within walking distance from the hut and there is parking on the croft where Alexandra, your host, lives.

  • 2 guests/1 bedroom

Shepherds Hut Durness Alexandra

About Durness

Durness is a popular stop on the NC500. Home to Smoo Cave, where you can enjoy a boat ride into a freshwater cave, and Chocolate Mountain. There is a small convenience store in the town as well as a couple of cafes and a hotel for food.

Smoo Cave NC500 route tips


Compact Cottage For a 1-Night Stay

The Cottage in Bettyhill is an open plan cottage with two bedrooms, kitchen (electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge) and shower room.

The beach is less than half a mile away from the property.

There is private parking at the cottage but no WiFi access.

  • 4 guests/2 bedrooms

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Large House Built in 1873 in Melvich

Located 20 minutes from Bettyhill is a village called Melvich where you’ll find this striking country cottage with a private garden just a 5-minute walk to the beach.

The house has two large bedrooms, kitchen and lounge area.

The owners live on the premises and offer breakfast on request.

There is private parking and WiFi.

  • 5 guests/2 bedrooms

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About Bettyhill

Bettyhill is a favourite for many NC500 fans who love the Strathnaver Museum and The Store Cafe for food and hot drinks.

John O’ Groats

Guest Suite In The Heart Of John O’ Groats

Spacious studio in a quiet location just a short distance from the harbour.

The beach is closeby, great for those who don’t want to walk far.

The bedroom has a king-size bed and breakfast is provided.

The studio has WiFi and a TV.

Parking is available onsite.

  • 2 guests/1 studio

Guest Suite John O Groats Catherine

About John O’ Groats

John O’ Groats is where you will find the iconic white sign and ferry rides to Orkney at Gill’s Bay.

The village is close to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Britain.

John o Groats signpost Gem North Coast 500 Scotland_


Caithness Holiday Home Near Wick

Quiet 3-bed holiday home close to Wick with high-speed WiFi and kitchen facilities.

There are two double bedrooms and one single, hosting five people comfortably.

Parking is free.

  • 5 guests/3 bedrooms

Entire bungalow hosted by Antoinette

Harbourside Apartment in Wick

For some reason, many of the apartments in Wick look a bit dusty for the money, but this surprisingly spacious 1-bed flat (apartment) does the trick.

The centrally-located apartment is close to the town centre, train station and harbour.

Amenities include WiFi, washing machine and ample space for bikes and surfboards.

There is free on-street parking.

  • 2 guests/1 bedroom

About Wick

Popular attractions include Caithness Heritage Museum, boat tours and Old Pulteney Distillery.

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NC500 Pods With Style

If you fancy camping without putting a peg in the ground, consider these tiny house glamping pods in Caithness.

These beautifully decorated glamping huts include a bed, sitting area, small kitchen, shower and underfloor heating.

Enjoy views across the Moray Coast from this luxury pod.

There is free parking but no WiFi. Time to get off the grid, in style!

  • 4 guests/1 bedroom

Lybster Glamping Pod NC500 by Maggie

Beauly In The Black Isle

Lord Lovat’s Waiting Room

Another cool property on the NC500 is Lord Lovat’s private waiting room in the old Station, Beauly.

This charming apartment includes a large double bedroom, sitting room, bathroom, fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster.

There is a fire-burning stove for cosy days.

Beauly is within walking distance, where you will find shops and places to eat.

  • 2 guests/1 bedroom

Lord Lovats Waiting Room North Coast 500 accommodation

About The Black Isle

Found in Ross and Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands, The Black Isle includes the villages of Culbokie, Jemimaville, Rosemarkie, Avoch, Munlochy, Tore, North Kessock and Muir of Ord.

The Black Isle is a great spot for seeing dolphins at Chanonry Point.

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