VW Campervan on the North Coast 500

Jessica and Matt Ballard took VW campervan on the North Coast 500 for their honeymoon. This is their trip report.

We had such a brilliant time!!! She drove like a dream too, especially whilst we were on the NC500 and so many people were asking us about her 🙂

I’ve attached loads of photos for you – feel free to choose your favourites! We moved every day and the campsites mostly had incredible views so made for some great photos with Jade. Write up below – hope this is okay? 

‘We took Jade up to Ullswater on the first night, then over to Loch Ness for the second night and then finally, on day 3, we started the real adventure on the NC500! Our first day took us across the Applecross Pass (incredible but a little bit scary as a passenger – it did feel like we might fall off the edge of the cliff a few times!!!) and then into Applecross. The next day, we continued onto Gairloch via an incredible smokery sat right against a waterfall (home smoked sea trout was to die for). Day 5 of our trip took us to Ullapool and we stayed at a brilliant little campsite called Ardmair Point, overlooking the sea. It didn’t get dark at all whilst we were on the North Coast – it was incredible. The next 2 days took us to Scourie and a tiny little campsite called Bay View in Talmine, where we woke up to a view of cows on the beach less than 100m away. After this, we started our journey down the east coast via Thurso and Dornoch. Our final 2 stops were Perth and then down to Robin Hood’s Bay for our final night. 

We would recommend the trip to everyone who can do it – you wouldn’t believe you were still in Scotland with the whitest beaches and bluest sea!!! And driving in Jade made it all the more special for our honeymoon too. 

Thank you Anne’s Vans for helping us with such an unforgettable trip.’

Jade was honestly great fun – we found it easy enough to manoeuvre round each night and had plenty of space really (we definitely packed far too much in hindsight but it worked out fine!!). Matthew drove her (he’s braver than me haha) and he was surprised by how easy she was to drive on the single track and hilly roads – she didn’t struggle at all and once he’d got used to the steering and brakes, it was great! Most difficult thing was getting used to moving from standing still but that got easier as he got used to not having power steering. She was honestly great – the bed was comfy and much bigger than we expected too!!! 

Hope this is all okay – thank you again. We had so much fun and it made it so exciting doing something so different! 

Take care, 


PS I think the idea of planting trees is great – please could ours be Mr and Mrs Ballard? 

We are really grateful to Jessica and Matt of this trip report. It brings real joy to our lives to see customers having such a good time 🙂 If you want to hire a super cool vw campervan for the north coast 500 you know where to come. If you know nothing about the North Coast 500 then follow the link.

Jessica referred to tree planting. We plant a clump of 25 trees for each of our van hires as a gesture towards offsetting the CO2 emissions that will have been generated by the fuel used.