With the spring and summer months upon us and many looking to get out and explore the awe-inspiring beauty of Scotland, some may be looking to complete the NC500.

The popular route in the Scottish Highlands takes visitors on a scenic tour of the country's far north, including the traditional counties of Sutherland and Caithness.

The North Coast 500, which has been dubbed the Route 66 of Scotland, was launched in 2015 and has since attracted thousands of tourists to the area.

How long does it take to complete the NC500?

Ayr Advertiser: Campervan and glamping opportunities are available on the NC500.Campervan and glamping opportunities are available on the NC500. (Image: Getty)

The NC500, which begins in Inverness, is roughly 516 miles (830km) in length and should take around five to seven days to complete, according to the RAC.

The organisation advises drivers to make multiple stops along the route to take in the local scenery, culture and cuisine.

The best time of year to try the NC500

Most people visit the route in Scotland between May and September with summer being its busiest time.

The advantages of taking this trip in the summer include better weather and access to stores and visitor attractions.

How do I plan my NC500 route and itinerary?

Regardless of the time of year, planning your route and itinerary along the NC500 is essential, says the North Coast 500 website.

Visitors should first decide how many days they would like to spend travelling before taking into account what they would like to see.

Luckily, there are tools to help you plan your itinerary and route such as the Plan Your Adventure feature on the North Coast 500 website.

Once you know the places you would like to visit during your trip, you can make use of Google Maps and more.

Ayr Advertiser: The NC500 is over 500 miles in length and should take around a week.The NC500 is over 500 miles in length and should take around a week. (Image: Getty)

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Where can I charge my electric car on the NC500?

ChargePlace Scotland is one of the largest providers in the area for electric vehicle charging with stations being found on Harbour Road, Stadium Road, Bishop's Road and Kilveab Road in and around Inverness.

Several more ChargePlace Scotland stations exist along the A9 near Alness, Invergordon, Knockbreck, Ardgay, Dornoch, and Golspie.

On the Western side of the route, two can be found in Ullapool while another can be found in Achnasheen.

EV charging is also present in Dingwall on Ormidale Place off High Street.

To see all the charging points available, please visit the ChargePlace Scotland website.

Where can I hire a campervan near Inverness?

There are a number of campervan hiring services for those wanting to explore the NC500 in style.

One such firm is Highland Campervans located in Dalcross near Inverness. The company can be contacted via 44+ 1667 493976.

Glamping spots on the NC500

If you're looking to get closer to nature without losing those creature comforts, glamping may be ideal for you.

On Booking.com, there are dozens of glamping locations to choose from with these including the North Coast 500 Pods near Achmelvich.

For a more luxurious take on the traditional Scottish Bothy, try Tigh Eilidh (also located near Achmelvich) which includes running water, clean rooms and free WIFI.

Highland Bothies Glamping in Ullapool is a similar experience offering a humble place to sleep without copping out on all the luxuries we've come to expect from hotels.

Other spots can be found across the NC500 this spring, summer and autumn.