After 30 months of owning our Tesla we finally are going on a Road trip.
The NC 500. It took me a couple of days to look on Booking.com and the Tesla destination charger map to find some hotels as we set ourselves a budget for the B&Bs we wanted to stay at.In the end I booked some direct and some with Booking.com.
A few of the hotels with Tesla destination chargers were very expensive and I excluded them.Why?Well Scotland has a network called the Chargeplace Scotland Network and it is free.All you need is an account with CYC or Charge your Car and also a £20 RFID card.Your Account needs to also have a verified payment method via debit or credit card.
I also paid £35 to become Member of the NC500 explorers club, which gives you a map and two hard copy booklets.One is the “Rough Guide to the NC500” and the other one is the “NC 500 Passport”.
The Route in the passport is Anti clockwise and I prefer actually the clockwise route.
How did we get on?
Well in the Tesla it is a doddle as you have over 200 miles to play with So we did Home-Abington-Aviemore-Dingwall on the first day.350 Miles.A little long but works out fine as we only had 5 days.
You can find quiet spots on Motorway Service stations .Here at Abington Welcome Break in Scotland.
On our first night we stayed in the Turloch Castle Hotel in Dingwall and it has 1000 years of history.There is a 55kw Free Charger in Dingwall town centre.Easy to find with PlugShare.Do the Ghost Tour after Supper at around 9 or 9:30 and Graham is a great raconteur of the history of Turloch Castle and the Davi(d)son family.
On our 2nd day we went to Rogie Falls(highly recommended) and saw our first live otter swimming in the falls hunting.
After Rogie Falls we went to Attadale Gardens.Great but a little small but just about worth the £8 Entry fee.Beware on a Sunday only open between 14:30-17:00.DIY café only!Yup you make your own tea or coffee and leave money according to the price list in the “Honesty Box”.
After Attadale Gardens we headed for Gairloch and the distance was a little long as we forgot to charge in Torrington but managed.Other EVs beware.No other chargers between Torrington and Gairloch.
Book a Seaview room in the Gairloch Hotel and you will not be disappointed!Worth the extra few pounds! Shower and toilet in a little cupboard but no matter big enough! Have a walk on the beach and it is also worth it.We had dinner in the glass extension and staff are very good – food is a mix of good hearty restaurant food.
From Gairloch we made our way to Ullapool and charged up.Also a sea voyage was beckoning.Catamaran and sedate or RIB and bone shaking?The choice was taken away from us as the Rib operator was not ready for the season.What?Hottest week since records began? Anyway the Diesel powered catamaran tour was great and really enjoyed the 16 knot speed and comfort of the boat.around the Summer Isles.We saw plenty of seals and a white tip sea eagle.We also stopped at a grotto used in the reformation times as a church meeting point for worshippers in their small rowing boats!Tour lasted for 2 ½ hours and worth it for £35 each.Concessions for children.
From Ullapool we made our way Northwards to Scourie and stayed in the Scourie Lodge B&B with a Tesla destination charger AND a normal charger.We made history the Landlord told us as for the first tome ever two Tesla were charging overnight!Yeah.
Before we got to Scourie Lodge wee needed some dinner and where should we go?Well a sign to a hotel and the view of an emerald bay came into view and we decided to take the plunge and check it out! Good decision as the photo shows it was seafood for me all the way! Kylesku Hotel has gorgeous views over Loch Gleann Dubh.
It was the Vegetarian option for the wife though. Also very tasty.
From Scourie to John O’Groates you really have to have your wits about you regarding driving.Roads vary from single lane to two lanes. Don’t play chicken as people are far too nice and it just makes you feel bad.Some motorbikes need a little education that a Tesla is a big car though.
We visited on our way to John O’Groates a cave which was highly recommended on the NC 500 rough guide booklet.It was great and we even had a little tour deep inside with climbing into a little dinghi etc.Well worth the £7.
We had a little peak at Castle of Mey before settling down for the night and decided to visit it the next day.
We stayed in John O’Groates in the Seaview Hotel and it was a good decision.We were put in the Annex over the road and found a Charger.Yeah again! While charging in Gills Bay we looked for places to eat and came across a very small selection of establishments to eat around such a touristy place.In the end the Castle Arms Hotel.Good Food again served by European waiters which were very attentive and seemed to have gone through the proper waiters school.Would recommend their menu to anybody.
After a hearty breakfast off to the castle of Mey on our penultimate day before driving down to Nessieland!
We arrived after 16:00 in Drumnadrochit and charged up and had two hours to kill while charging the car for free again.So we went to the Loch Ness Monster Investigation Bureau and had a good Media show of the latest evidence for and against the existince of The Loch Ness Monster.If you have are a National Trust Member you get a discount by the way.For tea it was good old fish and chips on the side of the road.
We stayed in the Loch Ness Clansman Hotel and had a beautiful view over Loch Ness.
From Loch Ness it was pretty much a road trip of 350 miles back home.Due to the fantastic weather we were able to have a lovely Picknick lunch gain at Abington Supercharger and we’re soon home again.
Not however before stocking up on great provisions at the Tebay Supercharger and Services on the M6. The farmshop at Tebay is just too tempting.Yeah a few home made breads found their way into the basket again – and some locally made cheeses.