Embrace Highland culture through music, song and stories and discover the hidden gems of Scotland’s ultimate road trip.

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Stories and music

Don’t just visit, belong to the North Coast 500 with music, songs and stories from local artists and musicians.


From hauntings, mermaids and fairy folk to selkies, murderous Highwaymen and magic monster bears, we’ve got over 30 stories that connect you to the surrounding area.

The stories, music and songs were chosen and compiled by local storyteller Bob Pegg. Listen to The Magic Monster Bear by Bob Pegg.

Listen to The Magic Monster Bear by Bob Pegg.


Enhance your travel experience with music and songs from some of Scotland’s leading musicians and bands.

From dynamic, upbeat Ceilidh tunes to soothing, atmospheric Celtic melodies, we’ve got music to make your journey through the Scottish Highlands, and around the North Coast 500 route, memorable.

Our storytellers

Bob Pegg

Bob Pegg’s storytelling is interwoven with music and song, and his stories come from the Highlands – selkies, last wolves, fairy people – and from across the northern climes.

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor is a specialist in the performance of ancient harp music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Andrew Mackintosh

Andrew Mackintosh of Inverness is a retired primary school teacher who has been entertaining audiences - not least his pupils - for many years with his uniquely humorous renditions of Highland folk tales.

Chris MacLennan

Christine McClenaghan has thrilled audiences as a singer in many Highland musical undertakings, including community plays, travelling concert parties and recording projects.

Christina Stewart

Christina Stewart spent her childhood in the Highland capital. As well as singing in Gaelic, Scots and English, Christina is an accomplished storyteller.

Flora Lindsay

Flora Lindsay of Dornoch is a young storyteller who loves the old, romantic tales, ancient sagas like Diarmid and Grainne, and How the Sea Became Salt.

Janet MacInnes

Janet MacInnes hails originally from Ayrshire, but is now a well-kent storyteller on the Highland scene. A poet, polemicist and educator, she tells her stories with a quiet intensity that captivates audiences of all ages.

Mairi MacArthur

Mairi MacArthur is a historian and author, an expert on the traditions and culture of Mull and Iona.

Jess Smith

Jess is happy telling any kind of story, especially if she can get inside its character. However, her true gift lies in the rich kist of Traveller tales she has gathered since she was a child. If she likes a story and can live the part of its characters then she will enjoy the telling of it.

Ruth Kirkpatrick

Ruth likes to tell all kinds of stories, Scottish and international, to all kinds of audiences, young and old. Over the years she has developed a magpie like quality for finding a ‘gem’ of a story for any setting.

Paraig MacNeil

Where east meets west, a Gael on his father’s side, a Fifer on his mother’s side, born in Stirling in 1955, but raised, in Perthshire’s Strathallan, spinner o’ yarns and weaver o’ words, Paraig MacNeil is Scotland rolled into one.

David Campbell

David Campbell's repertoire of tales ranges from ancient Celtic epics of Ireland and Scotland, through stories of adventure and romance, of faith and love, to humorous anecdotes and quirky comic tales.

Driving routes

Our carefully curated driving routes show you what to see and do, helping you uncover the unmissable, hidden gems of the Highlands.

Beaches and Bays

A selection of the very best beaches and bays, from family friendly to remote and secluded.

Magnificent Viewpoints

A collection of the most awe-inspiring viewpoints to stop and enjoy the outlook from

Ruins, Brochs & Standing Stones

History you can reach out and touch - explore the ruins, standing stones and brochs of the North Coast 500

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