Great UK road trips
If your bucket list includes an “awe-inspiring road trip”, there’s almost a quarter of a million miles of road in the UK. And some of it is rather exciting! Check out our three favourite UK road trips.
England - The Atlantic Highway
The Atlantic Highway stretches 72 miles along the A39 from Barnstaple in Devon, to Fraddon in Cornwall, hugging the coast and offering spectacular views of rolling hills and open ocean.
It’s the drive of a life time, so take the time to explore the quaint villages of the Quantocks, and when the surf’s up, hit the beach at Bude to ride the waves. Or explore the countless B roads that wind their way down to craggy coves, hidden beaches and rugged headlands.
The Atlantic Highway comes to an abrupt end at the exotically named Indian Queens junction, where you can tick off another adventure and head for home. Or if you’ve plenty of fuel left in your tank, turn right onto the A30 and keep going till you hit the coast at Penzance.
Scotland - The Road to the Isles
The Road to the Isles is only 40 miles long, but it cuts through some of Scotland’s wildest terrain as it weaves its way from Fort William to the port of Malaig. Yet this historical route offers more than just scenery.
Turn you road trip into a weekend break and you can go fly-fishing for wild trout on Loch Morar. Or delve into the harrowing history of Corpach, where the Clan Cameron put the MacLeans to the sword in 1470.
Visit in late summer and watch the caber toss, stone put and hammer throwing at the Glenfinnan Highland Games. And if you’re still yearning for more when you reach the end of the road, drive aboard the ferry and push on to the Isle of Skye.
Wales – A470
The A470 heads north out of Cardiff towards Merthyr Tydfil where the road kicks up towards the mountains. It threads its way through the passes of the beautiful Brecon Beacons, then descends onto the sweeping plain of central Wales where it meanders through ancient villages, pootles past castles and chapels, and plunges deep into dark forests.
The route climbs again as it enters Snowdonia National Park, snaking between the peaks and offering breathtaking views of the majestic Cader Idris. Then it’s down to the sea at Llandudno, with its historic pier, grand Victorian sea-front and Britain’s only cable-hauled public road tramway. Time for some fish and chips.