Best Spots to Visit on a UK Road Trip

If you’re itching to get out on the road, you’ll be pleased to know that the UK has a wide range of routes to choose from. While there are breathtaking routes across Europe and elsewhere across the globe, England, Wales and Scotland have plenty of options, meaning you don’t have to leave the country. They promise never-ending scenery out in the wilderness and the chance to explore a range of villages and towns en route.

Here are some suggestions on where to go when creating your very own road trip.

Road-tripping in the UK

There are various bucket list road trips you can tick off your list – and the sheer choice is why so many people set off on small and large-scale adventures here.

In some areas, the rural areas between towns and cities are vast, offering plenty of space for you to drive and explore. Plus, many include roads that are in great condition, allowing you to enjoy a smoother drive.

As with any trip within the UK, make sure you’re prepared for unpredictable weather. This means ensuring you’ve packed essentials that cover all weather types, from waterproofs to sunglasses. It’s also handy to have supplies in your car, such as water bottles, snacks and anything that will make the drive more comfortable, like cushions or blankets.

So many places to see

Some of the most popular routes in the UK include:

  • The North Coast 500 (NC500): To embrace the rugged Highlands at their finest, set off on this 516-mile route around the coast of Scotland. This route will take you between five and seven days to complete.
  • The Atlantic Highway: Work your way across Devon and Cornwall towards Land’s End. This 70-mile route allows you to take your time and stop off at key quaint seaside towns like Padstow and surfing hotspots like Newquay.
  • The Wales Way: This 420-mile route involves coastal and rural drives, offering plenty of variety. Not forgetting the imposing historic castles. This route combines three journeys – The Cambrian Way, The Coastal Way and The North Wales Way.
  • The Yorkshire Dales: God’s Own Country combines pristine countryside with the iconic dry stone walls and charming market towns. Many people drive from the spa town of Harrogate to Swaledale, weaving their way through other stops en route, like Wensleydale and Aysgarth Falls.

Time to relax

Long drives and camping (or hotel stays) call for activities to enjoy along the way. Some activities you may want to pack are board games such as Scrabble or to save space, you could take your favourite games digitally with the help of a bingo app, for instance.

Beyond this, card games like Rummy are a great choice for road trips, and so are quizzes. You could get creative and make your own personalised questions tailored to the group you’re travelling with.