The Low Road, probably the Start and Finish of your NC500 Trip.
Inverness being the start and finish, of the Official North Coast 500, although we at Scotland's Route feel it should start at Culloden Battlefield.
The Importance of Culloden to the Whole of Scotland is too important to miss before heading of on a trip arounbd the Highlands.
An understanding of the Highlands will make your trip vastly more enjoyable and give you much greater understanding of the Scots.
But Leaving Inverness on the Low Road you will notice the scenery slowly change from small hills and villages and lochs as you head further into the Highlands.
This leaves the towns on the tourist route whilst many take the bridge rather than take in the real Highlands, but this allows areas like these to be more of a traditional element to the Route rather than the Black fast tarmac of the daily commuters.