Except, you need to start a lot further south at a place called Moffat. It's only right that you start at this little town that becomes a bit of a biking pilgrimage during the season. You can also pay your respects to the guy who invented TARMAC here
Try and stay at The Buccleuch Arms Hotel if you can. There very biker friendly and even have bike lockers in the car park!
Head towards Edinburgh on the A701 or A702.
From The beautiful city of Edinburgh, head across the bridge towards Perth on the M90 if you want to get North faster or the A92 towards Dundee for the more interesting journey.
Then avoid the A9 which is the main trunk road North (no motorways this far north) and take the A93 / Old Military road instead, which takes you through Cairngorms National Park instead of around it to Braemar (stop at the castle) and Cock Bridge (yes that's a real place
) Then pick up the A9 for the final run up to Inverness and start the NC500.
Something like this: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Moffat/Invernessfirstname.lastname@example.org,-3.7325027,9z/data=!4m29!4m28!1m20!1m1!1s0x487d4ddafd1799d7:0x50d64f52cc01614!2m2!1d-3.440337!2d55.335208!3m4!1m2!1d-3.2537097!2d55.7662733!3s0x4887ea2de30c522d:0xa1a579917e4c7854!3m4!1m2!1d-2.9338107!2d56.4349222!3s0x48865b815eb29801:0xca0c46cc1b21583f!3m4!1m2!1d-3.3419087!2d57.0035971!3s0x4885e70c4bec60c9:0x118ce78627d9e300!1m5!1m1!1s0x488f715b2d17de2b:0x624309d12e3ec43d!2m2!1d-4.224721!2d57.477773!3e0?hl=en
I had this planned as the start of my NC500 trip earlier this year, unfortunately cancelled due to an accident but depending on when you're thinking of going, I'm planning to hopefully do this next year, if you fancy meeting up.
Either way, enjoy. As mentioned, avoid Glasgow like the plague and you can't go far wrong, enjoy!
Places to visit: There's Whisky Distilleries a plenty! Most offer visits of some kind but you could try the Royal Lochnagar distillery which is along the route I mentioned or you can look up 'The Famous Grouse Experience' for the main stream experience. put aside half a day for most tours and most will do you a 'Take Away' sample box as your riding REMEMBER there's a ZERO TOLERANCE on drink driving in Scotland now!!
The Summer is also Highland Games season, and villages come together all over Scotland at different times to compete all over the Highlands especially. Well worth looking up events near you and spending the day watching a local event, sharing a beer with the locals if you want a day off the bikes.
Apart from that theirs obviously John O'Groats, the most North Westerly point of the UK mainland. Smoo Caves and the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter railway) as well as plenty of castles of varying condition, all worth a look. There's plenty to see and do, Enjoy!!
And ride safe.
Oh and don't forget lots of pictures, for your ride report to post on here when you get back, or if you're fancy you can post on the go!!