The UK boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe and many of these can be admired by simply getting in your car and going for a drive. We’ve picked our favourite driving routes that we think you should do at least once in your life time! These driving routes have been chosen as we think they offer either a great day out, a long weekend away or offer some thrilling routes for the more adventurous drivers.
1.Black Mountain Pass
Along the A4069 in Wales you will find what is dubbed the ‘Black Mountain Pass’ or the ‘Black Mountain Road’ in the Brecon Beacons. The route connects Llandovery with Gwan-Cae-Gurwen and is 21 miles long. Enjoy stunning views over what is arguably the best road in Wales. Stop off and visit the beautiful Llandovery Castle. Find a map of the route here.
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2. Alnwick Castle to Lindisfarne Castle
Northumberland has over 70 castles which is more than any other county in England and this driving route will take you to two of them. Stating in Alnwick, follow the A1 up the coast and enjoy the view of the North Sea as your begin to approach Lindisfarne. At 35 miles long, the route will only take you around 30 minutes. View the map of the route here.
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3. Inverness to Nairn Circular
This driving route in Scotland is one of the longest on our list but the two day drive should be worth it. Taking you along the coast of Lossiemouth before heading inland past castles, a national park and the beautiful Dulsie Bridge. You can view the route here.
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4. Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle)
The Pass of the Cattle is generally considered one of the more dangerous routes due to the narrow path, and speed is not usually permitted to be over 30mph. However, the views are breath-taking and is one to remember. Find the route here.
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5. Highland Perthshire Loop
This 65km long loop takes in the best that the Perthshire Highlands has to offer. Stop off at the vibrant Pitlochry to explore on the way though Cairngorms National Park. You can find the full driving route here.
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6. The Buttertubs Pass
The Buttertubs Pass is one of the more well-known drives having been featured on Top Gear several times previously. Despite it only being a short route of 5.5 miles, it is one of the most beautiful. Starting in Thwaite it will take you along past the limestone potholes, known as The Buttertubs. The route ends in Hawes where you can stop for a pub lunch if it takes your fancy. You can find the short route here.
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7. Loch Ness to Loch Lomond
Take the A897-A82 from Loch Ness all the way to Loch Lomond and enjoy driving past 10 lochs and the famous Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. View the route here.
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8. St Ives to St Just
Choose this route on the B3306 to take in fantastic views of the Atlantic Coast in the South West of England. Starting in St Ives which is a small Parish town, head along the coast and take in the stunning views before arriving in the idyllic St Just. Stop off along the way and check out Cape Cornwall, which is one of only two caps in Britain. You can find the driving route here.
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9. The Cat and Fiddle
This famous driving route was named after the Cat and Fiddle pub at the summit and is the second highest inn or public house in England. It runs from Buxton through to Macclesfield and allows you to take in some of the most beautiful views of the Peak District. You can view the route here.
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10. The Snake Pass
Up the A57 you can find a hill pass dubbed the Snake Pass which was listed as one of the best roads in the UK by Auto Trader in 2009. This hill pass crosses the Peak District between Manchester and Sheffield. The road has excellent views, with the name fitting its winding route. You can see where the Snake Pass is by clicking here.
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Braemar to Glenshee
Nicknamed the Old Military Road, this is one of the longest stretches of roads at 80 miles. Head towards Perth and take the A93 towards Blairgowrie. There are several military roads in the Scotland that were constructed during the middle of the 18th Century by the military. You can find where the Old Military Road is by clicking here.
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Time to get planning a road trip! Have we missed out any of your favourite drives in the UK?