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    About Us

    Independent Experiences, Unforgettable Journeys

    As passionate locals of the Scottish Highlands, we founded IndependentNC500 with a mission to provide an enriching and authentic experience of our cherished country. We provide a unique perspective that gives travellers exclusive access to a hand-picked selection of independent businesses along the iconic North Coast 500 route.

    Our platform features an array of local eateries, charming accommodations, and intriguing distilleries and breweries that reflect the true spirit of the Scottish Highlands. We believe in supporting our local economy and promoting sustainable tourism. IndependentNC500 is about discovering the hidden gems that make the NC500 route a journey of a lifetime.

    With IndependentNC500, you're not just exploring; you're becoming a part of our vibrant local community. Experience the best of the Highlands with IndependentNC500 – your key to Scotland's North Coast 500.

  • Privacy policy

    Independent NC500 has developed this website and app as a free information service. This SERVICE is offered by Independent NC500 free of charge and is intended to be utilized as such, except for the subscription use of the Independent NC500 Card. This page outlines our policies regarding the gathering, usage, and disclosure of Personal Information for anyone who chooses to use our Service. By choosing to use our Service, you consent to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. The Personal Information that we collect is used for providing and enhancing the Service. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as detailed in this Privacy Policy.

    The terminology used in this Privacy Policy has the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy.

    Information Collection and Use:

    While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your email. The information that we request will be retained by us and used as described in this privacy policy. If we request email addresses or any other personal data for user authentication or for purchasing items, it will not be sold or used for any other purpose without your permission. Please be aware that Independent NC500 does not store or have access to any credit card information. All payments and payment details are handled by secure payment providers such as Stripe and PayPal. Our app does NOT utilize third party services that may gather information used to identify you. Independent NC500 is dedicated to protecting and respecting your privacy, whilst remaining compliant with The General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (DPA). Independent NC500 has a legitimate interest in processing the information provided by customers at the point of sale for marketing purposes. We may use your information for other specific legitimate purposes such as:

    – To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective way for you and your device.– To provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have either explicitly consented or we believe you have a legitimate interest in.
    – To fulfill our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
    – To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service when you choose to do so.
    – To notify you about changes to our service. We do not sell, rent or lease customer lists to third parties.



    Your trust in providing us your Personal Information is highly valued, and we are committed to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. However, note that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot assure its absolute security.


    Information We May Collect From You:

    We may collect and process the following data about you. Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site, such as:

    – User name and password – This is collected so we can secure your information and assist you if you need help with your account or subscription.– Name, address and postcode – This information is necessary to deliver physical card orders.
    – Email address – We send confirmation of your orders via email and will send you informational messages.
    – Contact number - This may be needed for verification purposes & will never be shared.
    – If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
    – We may ask you to complete surveys used for research purposes, though your response is entirely voluntary.
    – Details of your visits to our site and the resources that you access.
    – App usage data – including location services.


    Changes to This Privacy Policy

    We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Therefore, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately after they are posted on this page.



    We reserve the right to modify these terms and conditions as and when they are subject to changes. We will notify cardholders by posting the most recent version to our website.

    To receive a discount, a valid Independent NC500 card (physical or digital) must be presented at the point of sale.

    Owning an Independent NC500 Card gives you a membership for 1 full year, beginning on the date on which the card was purchased. Digital Card subscriptions made via the app will automatically renew on the expiry date displayed at the bottom of the card.

    The card is only valid until and including the expiry month printed on the front of it.

    The discounts advertised on our website are not available in conjunction with any other offer within participating businesses unless the business states otherwise.

    Participating businesses reserve the right to refuse the Independent NC500 Card should they question its validity.

    We are not responsible for providing a replacement Independent NC500 Card if it is lost, stolen, or damaged.

    We strive to update our website and social media channels as swiftly and as accurately as possible.

    Independent NC500 and participating businesses are not responsible for discounts that are outdated or misinformation that may appear online or on printed material, as this information may have been based on previous discounts.

    The information we present online is for informational purposes only, and the images are for illustrative purposes only. We do not make any warranty or guarantee of any material on this site.

    We are not responsible for the withdrawal of any participating businesses, and Independent NC500 cardholders can benefit from additional participating businesses which may join at a later date.

    Independent NC500 directors and other representatives will not be liable for damages that could occur in connection with the Independent NC500 Card.

    We are not responsible for the well-being of Independent NC500 cardholders or the experience that occurs at participating businesses.

    Independent NC500 aims to work as closely as possible with participating businesses. However, it is the responsibility of the management team of each business to ensure all staff are fully briefed about accepting the card in their premises. Independent NC500 and its personnel accept no responsibility or liability if this is not done sufficiently.

    Independent NC500 encourages all cardholders to consume responsibly and adhere to all guidelines and objectives under the ‘Drink Aware Campaign’. We take no responsibility for individuals who fail to heed this advice.

    On occasion, we may fail to enforce one of the above terms and conditions depending on the given circumstances; however, this will not prevent us from subsequently enforcing them in the future.