The North Coast 500: developing tourism in the northern Scottish Highlands

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This paper looks at the development of the North Coast 500 (NC500) route as a key initiative contributing to the increase of tourism in one of the least visited parts of Scotland. Drawing upon data on visitor numbers within the area between 2014-2018 it considers whether the NC500 has catalysed and encouraged tourism to an area of the country that has for many years been a peripheral region in terms of visitation. The findings highlight that the route seems to have had an impact upon a number of different aspects of tourism within the area generating increased expenditure and employment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-253
Number of pages31
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2020


  • route tourism
  • peripheral region
  • economy
  • impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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