Travel Bucket List | 5 Scenic Road Trips in UK
Top 5 Scenic Road Trips in U.K.
The best way to explore any country is by taking a road trip, and the United Kingdom has got some really amazing road trips to offer that I highly recommend you to have on your radar. However, if you plan to do so, and are a non UK citizen, don’t forget to get a temporary car insurance, that takes only 15 or so minutes to book. To make your life easier, here are the best temporary car insurance for non UK residents, that you can check out.
Once you have acquainted yourself with the temporary car insurance covers, scroll down to check out 5 such Road Trips in the UK, that you will absolutely love.
Village Hopping in Cotswolds
A well thought of road trip in the Cotswolds – The Quintessential British Hamlet ! – It can’t get more English than this !
Miles and miles of lush countryside are scattered with perfectly-preserved villages and winding country lanes often marked out with iconic Cotswold stone walls.
A Village Hopping Road Trip in the Cotswolds is one of the best weekend getaways from London.
We recommend you to start your road trip from Wiltshire’s Castle Combe before driving north to sweet Bibury (described by William Morris as England’s most beautiful village). Next morning start from Kingham driving on through the closely connected towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Chipping Campden and Stow on the Wold and finally end up in Broadway in North Cotswolds.
A39 is one of the longest roads in South West England connecting Somerset with Cornwall, but 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.
While the road itself doesn’t get that close to the coast, you’ll be able to take in plenty of breathtaking views of the Atlantic as you drive through Bude, Camelford and Wadebridge.
You will also pass through Exmoor National Park, on the borders of Somerset and North Devon which is one the Best National Parks in the UK !
To get the best experience along the Atlantic Highway, keep 4-5 days on hand.
Experience the best of both Yorkshire Dales National Park and North York Moors National Park with this road trip.
Start in Harrogate and head out into the Dales, hitting Grassington, Hawes and Reeth along the way before heading towards Middlesbrough to enter the North York Moors National Park, which is a hikers paradise and finally end in York.
You’ll pass meadows lush with wildflowers, waterfalls, world-class rambling routes and countless opportunities to sample local produce.
Dalby Forest in North York Moors National Park is a great place to go hiking. If you stop off in Goathland you can go in search of Mallyan Spout – the tallest waterfall in the Moors.
North Coast 500 | Scotland
A road trip along the North Coast 500 or the NC 500 in Scotland is something that you should definitely be doing as this 500 mile road trip boasts of some of the best scenic beauty in Scotland showcasing the best of the Highlands, with ancient castles, windswept beaches and historic landmarks lurking around every corner.
The official route starts and ends at Inverness Castle and passes through idyllic towns and villages such as Ullapool, Durness, John O’Groats and Dornoch, however you can join and leave anywhere.
Driving clockwise From Inverness, through the wild and raw landscape, the road first hits Loch Ness, which is one of the highlights of this 7 Day Scotland Travel Itinerary. Thereafter, people head through the Highlands, aiming (eventually) for Britain’s most northerly town- John O’Groats, (where you can take a day trip to Orkney) before heading south again to Inverness.
Interestingly, this area of the UK is one of the best places outside of Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights.
Causeway Coastal Route | Northern Ireland
Running along the coast from Belfast to Derry – Londonderry, this 200 mile stretch is not only one of the most scenic road trips in the UK, but is also one of the Best Road Trips in Europe.
The most significant sight on this road trip is the Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 40,000 basalt columns that make up this massive, nature-made monument were formed 50 to 60 million years ago, and are an hours drive from Belfast.
Other interesting sights that you will come across are the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the Dunluce Castle , Cushendun Caves and Ballintoy Harbour.
If you are interested in having a whiskey distillery tour on your itinerary as well, consider doing one at the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery !
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