A road trip is the best way to see the British countryside. Pack your belongings into the car and enjoy an adventure like no other. You can stop off at viewpoints to grab an Instagram or go for a wild swim halfway through your journey. There are plenty of road trips available in the UK; you just need to know where to find them.
Here are the top five road trips in the UK.
The Lake District
The Lake District is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and receives millions of visitors every year. The Coniston Loop is a 42-mile drive around the Lake District, stopping at Duddon Valley, Stanley Force, Dalegarth Station and Hardkott Roman Fort. The Coniston Loop goes through some of the less-visited areas of the Lake District. You can get a real feel for the local communities nestled between the Cumbrian mountains.
West coast of Wales
Snowdonia is a must-see for hikers and history buffs. Drive across the Welsh countryside to Snowdonia National Park and Penrhyn Castle. You can cross the Britannia Bridge into Anglesey and visit the town with the longest name in the world: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. It’s a bit of a mouthful.
The route ends in South Stack Lighthouse and offers some breath-taking views of Ireland on a clear day.
Snake Pass cuts through the Pennines and heads north towards the city of Manchester. You can admire the views of quaint villages and stop at Ladybower Reservoir halfway through your drive. Unfortunately, this mountainous route is often hazardous in the depths of winter, with sharp bends and drops. Make sure to book your MOT online before starting this drive.
Scottish north coast
Scotland is a favourite among road-trippers. The Scottish North Coast route is a circular drive, starting and ending at the historic Inverness Castle. You can stop at John O’Groats, which is one of the furthest mainland points from Land’s End. Head to the Black Isle to see dolphins or enjoy a pint of craft beer in a local village at the end of a long driving day. You can see the white sandy beaches of Wester Ross and sample a few whiskies at Easter Ross. Scotland is a wild and beautiful place, perfect for adventurous types.
Causeway coastal route, Northern Ireland
Embark on a 130-mile road trip between two of Northern Ireland’s largest cities, Belfast and Derry. As one of the UK’s most popular seaside routes, you should try to go in the off-peak season to avoid traffic and crowds. You can stop at landmarks along the way, like Ballycastle and the Giant’s Causeway. Make sure to take some time to admire the sea views and watch out for any extreme weather conditions.
Add a little adventure to your staycation this year, and try a road trip.