Travel by car is definitely not the quickest, but it certainly is the cheapest and the most enjoyable way to see the UK as a group. Road trips are fun plus you just get to see so much of the country this way. If you have the time and the inclination to see the United Kingdom by car, without opting for the highways most of the time, here is a bucket list of UK road trips you should try out at least once in your life.
Scotland’s North Coast 500
If you ever want to see all the must-see locations in Scotland, then this is the trip for you. You will drive by the coast beginning from Inverness and the Black Isle, going past Caithness, then Sutherland, and also Wester Ross. You will be rewarded by the sight of unique ruins, castles, beaches, rugged fairways, and even whiskey distilleries. When you get to the west coast, you will be wowed by the peaks of Loch Maree. In the end, you will reach the wonderful Bealach na Bà, going around the Applecross Peninsula. The North Coast 500 really is Scotland’s answer to the famous Route 66 in the USA.
Yorkshire By Road
History fans can relive the dark medieval times here, where the blood was shed during the War of the Roses. But beyond this dark history, you can drive through the picturesque villages, waterfalls, and scenic locations of northern England. At the end of your drive, you can head over to Masham Brewery for a pint of Black Sheep. Beyond the wonderful scenery, you can enjoy the warmth of the people and the strong ales.
Stretching 275 kilometers, you can enjoy all the beauty that the southwest of England has to offer. Do not be fooled and think that you will only see the beaches because you will get to see inland of Cornwall before getting to the shore by Newquay. You can also stop to hike the Exmoor National Park but also go for some surfing in Bude. Seafood lovers will have the time of their lives in Padstow.
Northern Ireland’s Coast
This is the 195-kilometer-long route starting from Belfast and ending in Londonderry, with many detour options. The first wonderful stop is the Gobbins Cliff Path, where you can walk through caves, down steep cliffs, and over bridges. You can pass by Antrim and visit the Dark Hedges, popular due to the TV show Game of Thrones, before marveling at the 40000 jigsaw puzzle pieces of the Giant’s Causeway.
The Isles of Scotland
This road will bring you back in time, making you feel like you are back in the Victorian Area. You will be able to see the West Highland Line, which is known for being one of the greatest train trips in the world. You can also view Ben Nevis, stopping at the whiskey distillery named after this mountain. Other locations include popular movie locations, like Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was featured in the Harry Potter movies. Towards the end, you can see Loch Morar, which is the deepest freshwater lake in the UK.
There are many stunning sights and views in the United Kingdom, which are best discovered by road. This way, you can take pitstops and as many selfies as you want, and even take side trips like a hike or even a quick surfing lesson along the way. It is truly a memorable trip, so pack your bags and fill up the car.