The NC500 is a 516-mile ribbon of predominantly coastal tarmac snaking around the northern portion of the Scottish Highlands.
Think windswept mountain ranges, sparsely-populated glacial valleys, granite cliffs above bitter seascapes, all joined up by a twisting, diving, spiraling line of heavenly asphalt… and you’ll be half way to perceiving the magic of the place.
According to a magical formula devised by a Dr. Holmes on behalf of TomTom, that 516-mile squiggle of highway offers the fifth-best drive in Europe.
What’s the formula?
(Ok, it’s a bit weird, but it seems to work.)
‘Planning a route using my formula before you embark on your summer adventure will help you make the most of your drive and enhance your overall holiday experience,’ says Dr Holmes. We won’t argue, even if it does seem to take inspiration from the teachings of TV show ‘Look Around You’.
The data used to plug into the formula were derived from an online survey of 14,000 TomTom users. The NC500 came fifth, but the competition was pretty tough…
1. Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
2. Estoril Ocean Drive, Portugal
3. Lake Como, Italy
4. The Peloponnesus, Greece
5. The North Coast 500, Scottish Highlands
SVR – ‘It’s designed to be loud’
Thus writes our editor-at-large John Pearson in the latest issue of LRO about the Range Rover Sport SVR. Then he just can’t help himself… ‘Blaaaahhhh, bloop, bloop, pop.’ Suffice it to say, the sensation delivered by this classiest of ultra-performance SUV on the NC500 is pretty hard to put into words.
It’s one of the most exciting, best driving cars in the world right now. On one of the best roads in the world.
And you can read all about it in the latest July 2016 issue of LRO.