Planning any kind of holiday in recent months has not been easy. With foreign travel severely restricted, here in the UK it’s been a time to appreciate the popular sights and hidden gems that lie a little closer to home.
Many were hoping 2021 would see the return of long holidays abroad spent exploring unfamiliar places and becoming immersed in other cultures. It’s not quite panned out that way, but that doesn’t mean our sense of adventure should be curbed.
The UK and Ireland is blessed with a number of spectacular spots, just waiting for you to visit. When planning your perfect road trip destination, think about more than just the end point. Consider the journey – what you might see along the way, where you might like to stop, and how long it’s going to take you.
After what’s been a challenging period for everyone, it’s more important than ever to experience the joys in life. For a lot of people, driving is fun – especially when you’re heading out on your next adventure. There are plenty of great road trip destinations all over the country, and here are just half a dozen suggestions for journeys you can take to make memories that last a lifetime.
Residents call it ‘God’s own country’ and it’s hard to argue. A trip to the Yorkshire Dales will leave you spellbound at some of the scenery on show. Rolling hills, babbling brooks and a vast array of wildlife make this National Park one of the most popular road trip destinations in the UK.
The Three Peaks offer a stern challenge to even the hardiest of hikers, while the numerous country pubs serving classic dishes provide the perfect chance to take a breather and enjoy some refreshment. Covering 860 square miles, the Dales National Park offers something for everyone and the winding routes through the valleys will test your driving skills as you revel in this beautiful road trip destination.
This is the perfect road trip destination for those who yearn for a sea view. Spanning around 1,500 miles on the west coast of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way runs all the way from Donegal in the north to Cork in the very southern tip of the country. Both of those places offer plenty in themselves, but the journey you’ll take along the way is the real attraction.
As well as the likes of Galway and Sligo, your drive will take in some of the nation’s most spectacular beaches. As you cling close to the coastline, make sure to soak up your surroundings. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to stopping for photo opportunities.
To get from one end of Wales to another, the quickest drive often involves leaving the country altogether and travelling via the A49 or even the M5 and M6. However, miles of motorway hardly means you’ll be taking the scenic route. For that we recommend the A470, which can take you through the heart of the country, from Conwy to the capital in Cardiff.
It’s the perfect road trip destination, because along the way you’ll drive through the stunning Snowdonia National Park as well as the beautiful Brecon Beacons. Be sure to check the forecast before you set off, as parts of the route can be dangerous when the weather rolls in, but if the conditions are kind you’ll really see the best of this great road trip destination.
When it comes to summer road trip destinations, it’s hard to top the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. With a vast array of tranquil beaches, secluded coves and sheltered spots, it’s the ideal location to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life and enjoy a period of peace and quiet.
You can take the A3078 from Tregony heading towards St Mawes and if you have the time, why not make the occasional detour and explore the winding network of B-roads that offer the chance to see some truly stunning scenery. Hidden away deep in the south west of the country, it’s a road trip destination that’s well worth the journey.
As the name suggests, this 500-mile journey circles much of the country and along the way you’ll encounter some of the very best road trip destinations in the UK. Loch Ness, Ullapool and John O’Groats are all part of the adventure, while you can even take a slight detour and cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye if you wish to explore further.
The North Coast 500 is about much more than the stops along the way, though. The real draw is the dramatic scenery as you wind your way through the breath-taking Highlands, looking out across seemingly infinite lochs and casting your eye over ancient castles. Plus, if you time your visit right and the conditions are in your favour, you may even be lucky enough to catch sight of the Northern Lights. This really is a remarkable road trip destination not to be missed.
A hugely popular road trip destination for UK residents and visitors alike, many argue that the Lake District National Park has no rival as the best natural beauty spot in our country. With picturesque villages dotted throughout the stunning green vistas, it really is a photographer’s dream.
It can be a driver’s dream, too. The Keswick Loop provides perfect views of Derwentwater, while the Kirkstone Pass – known locally as ‘The Struggle’ takes you between Ullswater and Windermere and is favoured by those wishing to avoid the A66. Once you’ve reached your road trip destination, change into those walking boots and explore some of the finest countryside the UK has to offer.
So, now you’ve got ideas for some great road trip destinations, the next step is making sure you’ve got the right car for the journey. It needs to be both comfortable and fun to drive, and here at Jardine Motors we have a wide range of new and used vehicles for you to choose from.
There are countless beautiful road trip destinations across the UK and Ireland just waiting to be explored, so get in touch or visit your local dealership to find the perfect car for your next adventure.
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