Have you driven on one of the 6 best road trips in the UK?

Dreaming of the open road? You might not have to travel as far as you think. No matter where you are on the wonderful British Isles, there are many hidden gems of roads within the hills and coast lines to satisfy all car/bike enthusiasts’ love of driving. So whether you are looking for a day trip, or a fuel-filled long weekend, skim through our guide below and start planning your next tarmacked venture.   

Scotland’s North Coast 500

Arguably the most famous route in the UK is Scotland’s North Coast 500. It covers a total of 516 miles, spanning Scotland’s Northern, Eastern & Western coast, and the Southern inland route to complete a circuit of the country. On the way, you’ll head through highlands, countryside’s, fishing villages and beach towns. You will fully immerse yourself in all of the very best that Scotland’s magical regions have to offer. Stop off and go snorkelling, hiking or whiskey tasting. Just be sure to book in one of the overnight retreats along the NC500 for that last one!

You can visit at any point of the year for a different experiences. For example, you can go camping in the summer months, or enjoy a cosy log fire cabin in the winter.

Kylesku Bridge, Scotland

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The most renowned stretch of road in Ireland is without a doubt the Wild Atlantic Way. It begins in the Northern town of Derry, and rides all the way down the westerly coastline via Galway before concluding in Cork. It covers 1,600 miles of road, with stop-off points in some of the most picturesque locations that the Emerald Isles can offer. Pre-plan your route, booking your stop off points along the way that give you a suitable distance to travel each day. Depending on the length of your trip, you could benefit from spending a couple of nights unwinding in one place along Wild Atlantic Way before heading out on the road again – such is the sheer amount of great locations along the route. booking.com have nearly 3,000 accommodations available to book along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Clifden, near Galway

York to Robin Hood’s Bay

This route was voted by established travel magazines as the best driving route in Northern England. The 52 mile stretch goes from the picturesque city of York all the way up to Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby on the coast. On the way you pass through the Yorkshire Moors, then The Dales, Cumbria and Hadrian’s Wall. While the 50 miles in itself won’t take too long to cover in one road trip, it could be worth stopping off at all of the listed locations above to truly appreciate the sheer majesty of English landscapes that are offered on this route.

Yorkshire Dales

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a vast area of hills and countryside, spanning from the West Midlands all the way down to South Oxfordshire which consists of nearly 800 square miles of land. So whether you live in Birmingham or Bristol, the beauty of The Cotswolds aren’t far from your doorstep. Some of the highlights include quaint villages of Bourton-On-The-Water and Chipping Camden. If you fancy stretching your legs, try the winding walks through The Blossom Trail & Windrush Way.

Cotswolds District

Suffolk to the Norfolk shore

East Anglia’s most famous drive is the Suffolk to Norfolk one two. Pass landmarks which are steeped in history and heritage, including the Queen’s second house in Sandringham, and the medieval town of Lavenham which is known for its wool. The route also takes you down to the coast of Aldeburgh to enjoy some magnificent sea views for good measure.

Suffolk Shore

Wales’ Black Mountain Pass

Allegedly, Jeremy Clarkson’s favourite driving route is Wales’ Black Mountain Pass. If that doesn’t mean much to you, there are still plenty of reasons to visit this 20 mile stretch of tarmac. Critics have described it as ‘the closest thing to a rollercoaster ride on the road’. While it is by far the shortest route on this list, it is probably the most high octane. Expect to tackle sharp winding turns, narrow bridges as waterfalls come careering down the mountains next to you, and unrivalled views of Wales’ highland region. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road for the next manoeuvre coming up.

Brecon Beacons

Where do you want to visit the most?

So whether you prefer four wheels or two, a relaxing getaway along the coast, or a flat out mountain navigation, this comprehensive guide has filled you in with the best that the UK has to offer. All that you need to do now is fill up your vehicle and set off on the open road!

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