If there’s one thing that we all need after 2020, it’s a holiday! There is still a lot of uncertainty in the UK about whether we will get away to a sunny island far away in 2021. However, many UK motorists are instead thinking of holidaying in the UK this year. The UK can offer some of the most picturesque drives in the world for your summer roadtrip! Grab the family, put the convertible roof down, and let’s hit the road!
Let’s take a look at the best UK roadtrips to take this summer…
1. The North Coast 500
One of the most popular and longest UK roadtrips is the North Coast 500. This roadtrip is around 500 miles long and stretches across some of Scotland’s most northerly coastal points, including Caithness and John O’Groats. The full trip will take around 4-7 days but you can choose to start the route wherever you want and do the full route or just part of it.
Along the way, you will experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK. Traveling through Inverness, John O’Groats, Durness, Lochinvar, and Ullapool you will see a range of white sandy beaches, incredible mountain views, and crystal-clear waters.
Key places to visit: Inverness castle, Rogie Falls, Loch Ness, and Hermit’s Castle
2. The Lake District
One of the most perfect road trip ideas in the Lake District. The lake district is a great destination both for families and romantic getaways. You can enjoy a whole range of outdoor sports such as walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
You could spend a full week’s holiday in the Lake District but ideally, you can visit some of the most famous sights in around 2-3 days. The most popular destinations include the Lake District National Park, Lake Windemere, Derwentwater, Helvellyn, Ullswater, and the Catbells high ridge hike.
Key places to visit: Scafell Pike, Beatrix Potter’s Farm (Near Sawry), Wray Castle, Honister Pass, and Aira Force.
Beatrix Potters Farm
3. The Atlantic Highway
The Atlantic Highway or the A39 is one of the longest roads in South West England. It mainly showcases the beauty of seaside towns such as Devon and Cornwall and lets you experience some of the best beaches that the UK has to offer. The route connects Bath to Falmouth and can be completed in just 1-2 days. However, many families can stay in and around Devon and Cornwall for a week of family fun. The stretch between Barnstaple and Fraddon is named the Atlantic Highway thanks to the almost constant views of the Atlantic Ocean you can spy from the tarmac!
Key places to visit: The Eden Project, Newquay beach, experience a Devon cream tea, and a real Cornish pasty along the way.
Cornish Cream Tea
4. The Cotswolds
One of the prettiest and most quintessentially British locations in the UK is The Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is full of miles and miles of beautiful countryside, winding lanes, and beautiful villages. It is recommended that you spend around a week in the Cotswolds and use your time to village hop between Burford, Cheltenham, Painswick, and Bath.
The Cotswolds is recognised as an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’ and it’s easy to see why! You can experience many wildlife encounters and bird watching opportunities. If you’re also looking for something with more activity you can also go paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, and walking.
Key places to visit: Stonehenge, The Roman Baths, The National Arboretum, and Castlecombe village.
The Roman Baths
The National Arboretum
5. Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire and its surrounding dales should never be overlooked for a picturesque roadtrip. Even though Yorkshire is Britain’s largest county there are many attractions and sights to see that are close by. You can experience the beauty of the Yorkshire dales in just a couple of days, but it is recommended that you take a full week to explore what it has to offer.
Start in the gorgeous town of Harrogate and visit Malham, Hawes, and Richmond. Experience beautiful valleys, patchwork fields, flat-topped hills, and pretty villages with quaint pubs. Yorkshire was also once host to the War of the Roses, the famous struggle between the royal houses of Lancaster and York.
Key places to visit: Malham Cove, Aysgarth Falls, Richmond castle, and Mallyan Spout (the tallest waterfall in the Moors)
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