Best UK Road Trips For The Summer

With summer here and international holidays still looking tentative, we’d encourage you to look into road tripping around the UK, utilising the gorgeous campsites and Airbnb’s around our beautiful islands.

NC500 – Scotland

The NC500 (North Coast 500) is one of the UK’s best known and loved road trips. Although many people advise you to do it in the winter when the landscape is at its most dramatic, a summer alternative gives you the opportunity to enjoy the most of the beaches. Whether you decide to do it in your classic camper and camp or classic car and stay in any of the many charming Airbnb’s and cottages, this trip is not to be missed.

The trip can take anyway from a week to a couple of weeks, depending on how many stops you take and for how long. Some people choose to hike it over several months. The route takes you through the vastness of the Highlands for 500 miles, starting in Inverness and driving clockwise. From Loch Ness, the Isle Of Skye, a detour to the Hebrides, Ullapool, Lock Broom and John O’Groats.

Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland

Best enjoyed in the spring when the wildflower meadows are in full bloom, it can equally be enjoyed in the height of summer. This one takes a couple of weeks to enjoy as the 1,500 miles takes you along Irelands most extravagant coastline.

The Wild Atlantic Way includes the dramatic cliffs of Donegal and leads you down to the dreamy south coast of County Cork. The road trip includes fantastic beaches such as Port Arthur near Derrybeg and Bundoran for some fantastic surf. The roads that wind through Sligo showcase the landscapes that have become most popular after the TV adaptation of Normal People. Castles, coastlines and rolling pastures decorate the landscape, through Connemara, known for their horses and to the creative city of Galway. The towering Cliffs of Moher are said to be the best views of the trip.

Cotswolds – England

Spring or Autumn are said to be the best seasons as the Cotswolds become far quieter. That being said, summer provides beautiful weather to accompany a stunning part of England. By picking a clever route you can hit all of the prettiest villages. Starting in Wiltshires famous Castle Combe, you can then head to Bibury, South Leigh,  Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Stow on the Wold and ending in Broadway.

This roadtrip is likely to include more soft countrside, quaint towns and coffee stops compared to the rugged drives and landscape of the previous two. This one is best suited for your roof down cruising classics.

Atlantic Highway – South Coast England

The Atlantic Highway is another road trip best suited to at least a week, if not longer. Including a string of England’s sandiest south west coastal towns, the trip takes you through Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. Starting in the historic city of Bath or Bristol, you’ll then find yourself driving through the rolling hills of Somerset towards Devon. Make sure you stop off in Cheddar Gorge as the main road is famous for its scenic drives and automotive photoshoots. The Atlantic Highway follows the A39 which takes you through Exmoor National Park where we advise you to find yourself a cosy log cabin. The next stage leads you to north-east Cornwall, from Bude to Lands End where you’ll find fishing villages, surf towns and dramatic shorelines. Port Isaac and Padstow are great stops for foodies, and Newquay is great for surfing.

Peak District – England

Driving through the dramatic Peak District will leave you spoilt for choice from mountains to lakes and cosy log cabins. Two roads, in particular, are known to provide a scenic drive with towering views: the Snake Pass and Winnats Pass. Both roads are part of a circular route within the Peak District.

Lake District – England

The Lake District can be down in as little as a weekend, but as for many of these places, the longer the better. The lake district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and England’s most visited national park. Starting in Windermere at the huge natural lake, you can then drive to Wastwater, Nether Wasdale, Ennerdale Water, Bassenthwaite, Sharrow Bay and Ullswater. The tour includes breweries. beautiful hikes and peaceful villages. We advise going out of season as the Lake District gets very busy.

Wales And Anglesey

From Anglesey, Llandudno and Snowdonia, right down through Brecon Beacons and to Pembrokeshire, a road trip through wales gives you every landscape you could wish for. Depending on how long you take, we advise you make room for a month of Welsh landscapes. From beaches and lighthouses on the Isle of Anglesey, through the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia and the Beacons and ending on the stunning coast of Pembrokeshire, a route can be adapted to cosy airbnbs or scenic campsites.

Causeway Coastal Route – Northern Ireland

This road trip is best in the summer when the days are at their longest. It can be done in just a week. The Causeway Coastal Route follows over 200 miles between Belfast and Derry. Just an hour from Belfast is the famous Giants Causeway, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 40,000 basalt columns great hexagonal patterns which were created 50 – 60 million years ago. You can find the avenue of Beech trees just 25 minutes inland, called Dark Hedges. We advise you to take this detour. Some may recognise it from Game of Thrones, as well as the dramatic Sallagh Braes and Cushendun Caves which can be visited on this trip.

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