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NC500 named among top mood-boosting road trips of 2024

By Federica Stefani

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The NC500 is a great trip to boost your mood this winter. Picture:Adobe Stock.
The NC500 is a great trip to boost your mood this winter. Picture:Adobe Stock.

A Highland scenic route has been listed among the best road-trips to boost your mood in January.

The popular North Coast 500 was named in a selection of the best roads to explore to help ease the notorious ‘January blues’.

The list, shared by online car retailer cinch, includes top destinations among which the Lake District in England and The Dragon's Spine in Wales.

Sam Sheehan, motoring editor at cinch, said: “Arguably one of the most scenic routes in the country, the North Coast 500 (NC500) offers a spectacular backdrop as you cruise through quaint towns like Durness, Dornoch and John O’Groats.

“Starting at Inverness Castle and covering more than 500 miles of stunning scenery, the Scottish NC500 is the perfect road trip for anyone hoping to unite historic landmarks, rolling hills and remote fishing villages.

“If you’re hoping for a more action-packed adventure, you won’t be disappointed either. With plenty of windswept beaches and rural pathways en route, there is a chance for travellers to fit in some trekking, mountaineering and even sea kayaking, no matter the time of the year.”

He recommended to pack the camera.

According to cinch's survey, 97 per cent of people said that organising future getaways can boost their energy and spirits.

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