There are few better ways to see what the United Kingdom has to offer than via a road trip. You’ll tour some of the most spectacular scenery, and ideally cram in as many attractions as possible along the way. Since the British Isles are relatively small, it’s easier than you might think to create a worthwhile itinerary. With the help of a leased vehicle, you’ll be able to plan a perfect trip that doesn’t make any compromises on style or luxury.
But exactly where in the UK makes for the best, most scenic road-trip? Let’s take a look at some of the options.
North Coast 500
If you want to see some of the world’s most amazing scenery, then you need only venture up to the Highlands of Scotland. This spectacular winding route will take you through the heart of the highlands, and along the rugged north coast, too. Not a day (or indeed, an hour) will go by where you’re not confronted by a jagged cliff edge, a sweeping beach, or an unassailable fortress. Along the way you’ll run into the famous Loch Ness, and if you’re willing to detour slightly you’ll be able to include the Hebrides, including Skye and Islay.
For an entirely different experience, why not head to Norfolk? The landscape here is altogether flatter, with picturesque little farmsteads abound. Perhaps the county’s most iconic features come in the form of its long, sandy beaches. There are more Blue Flag beaches here than in any other county in the UK – making it a must visit for fans of surf and sand.
This incredible route extends from Derry to Belfast. If you’re looking to visit the country’s most famous physical landmarks, then the chances are they’re to be found along here: there’s the Causeway itself, along with Carrick-a-Rede and its famous hanging rope bridge. Not for the faint-hearted!
This long stretch of the A39 runs through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, making it an ideal way to soak in the Southwest. Along the way there’s plenty of bays, lighthouses, and nicely remote tourist towns waiting to soak up your attention. The road’s reputation for wildness and spectacle does attract some reckless driving, however, so make sure that you keep an eye out, and that you aren’t tempted to put your foot down.
The North York Moors National Park encompasses sprawling tracts of moorland, and it’s replete with quality B&Bs, should you wish to extend your stay. If you’re looking to take your dog with you, then you’ll be pleased to learn that this part of the country is particularly accommodating – provided that you don’t let it disturb the livestock that graze throughout the park.