By car, it takes about two hours from Inverness to get to Achiltibuie and The Brochs of Coigach. The last 15 miles lead over a narrow single track road with passing places - one of Britains most scenic drives. Inverness is linked by direct rail services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. Scotrail operates an overnight sleeper train from London. Visit www.eastcoast.co.uk, www.scotrail.co.uk and www.scotrail.co.uk/caledoniansleeper/index.html
In Inverness, all major car hire companies such as Avis, Hertz and Europcar maintain either airport or town offices.
North Coast 500, according to the PR Scotland's answer to America's Route 66, forms a loop around the northern Highlands from Inverness to John O’Groats in the north-east, along the rocky shore of the north and down the deeply indented west coast to Applecross. The itinerary was designed by a non-profit organisation established by Prince Charles to promote the parts of the Highlands that he apparently is hugely fond of.
We are not on the main itinerary but The Scotsman's guide "Everything you need to know about Scotland's North Coast 500 road trip" nevertheless features The Brochs as the place to stay in Wester Ross. For full details of the route click here.