5 Unmissable UK Road Trips

Here in the UK, it finally feels like spring is on the way. Over the last week or so, we’ve had blue sky, warmer weather and blooming daffodils making for some stunning scenery whilst we’ve been out on our daily walks. One of my favourite things about this time of year is seeing all the new-born lambs out in the fields. For me, it’s one of the best things about living in the countryside!

With warmer weather on the way (hopefully I haven’t just jinxed it!), and the potential for a UK break looking more and more possible as the weeks go by (I’m keeping my fingers crossed!), here are 5 great road-trip ideas to whet your appetite for a summer exploring the UK.

*If you’re planning on travelling somewhere in the UK this summer – or even abroad if and when that’s allowed – please be mindful of other people, and make sure you do your research on any local restrictions which may be in place.*

North Coast 500: Northern Highlands, Scotland.

I’m currently planning a trip to take in Scotland’s Route 66 this summer (restrictions allowing), and I’m actually pretty excited!

Voted one of the world’s top coastal routes, the North Coast 500 starts and ends in Inverness, and takes in 516 miles of scenic driving routes, rugged landscapes, and some of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. Whilst the route follows the coastal edges of the Northern Highlands, there is so much more to explore if you head a little off the beaten track. The route is almost like a doorway to countless miles of adventures and unique experiences which will fully immerse you in the heart of the Scottish wilderness. So whether you’re a foodie, history nut, wildlife lover or whisky drinker, the North Coast 500 has so much to offer.

Duration: 4-7 days

Highlights: Inverness, John O’Groats, Applecross Peninsula, Thurso.

Explore the route here.

The Atlantic Highway: Cornwall, England.

The Atlantic Highway (or the A39 if you’re trying to find it on a map) stretches from Cornwall’s most north-eastern corner all the way to the Devon border. Picture dense forests, fishing villages, breath-taking coastlines, and magnificent countryside, making this the perfect route to spend a couple of days exploring! If that wasn’t reason enough to visit, then perhaps the lure of some of England’s finest beaches will change your mind. And if you’re a fan of Arthurian Legend, then you’ll be pleased to know you can find the beautiful clifftop castle of Tintagel along this route, which is steeped with Arthurian connections! Although the route is just 77 miles long, there are numerous detours and stops you can (and should) make along the way to truly appreciate the beauty of this route.

Duration: 4-5 days

Highlights: Bude, Tintagel Castle, Newquay.

Explore the route here.

The Coastal Way: Cardigan Bay, Wales.

The Coastal Way is a 180-mile route which weaves its way through the blue seas and tall mountains lining Cardigan Bay. Starting in the picturesque fishing village of Aberdaron, the route takes you through some of the most remote and beautiful beaches along the west coast of Wales, offering seal spotting opportunities, surfing experiences and a chance to drive through two stunning National Parks.

Duration: 7 days

Highlights: St Davids, Mwnt Beach, Aberdaron, Porth Neigwl Beach, Cwmtydu.

Explore the route here.

Causeway Coastal Route: North Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland.

Spanning almost 200 miles from Belfast to Londonderry, the Causeway Coastal Route really has it all. Whether you want to see some incredible castles, rugged landscapes, take in some Game of Thrones filming locations, taste delicious whiskey or visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I feel like there’s something for everyone. Perhaps the most famous attraction along this route is the Giant’s Causeway, boasting majestic cliffs, wild landscapes and iconic basalt columns – you can easily spend a whole day walking round here, but be prepared to wrap up to beat the harsh winds!

Duration: 4-5 days

Highlights: Carrickfergus Castle, Bushmills Distillery, Giant’s Causeway, Londonderry, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Explore the route here.

Giant’s Causeway

The Lake District: England.

I feel like the Lake District is England’s worst-kept secret. Yet, most people pass it straight by on their journeys from England to Scotland – but it is totally worth stopping off for a few days to explore some of the world’s most scenic drives (including the Honister Pass and Kirkstone Pass). To be honest, simply driving around the Lakes, stopping off in the beautiful towns and villages, taking a hike or two up the mountains, and having a picnic by any one of the stunning lakes makes for the perfect summer adventure.

Duration: at least 3 days

Highlights: Keswick, Kirkstone Pass, Grasmere, Wray Castle, Lake Windermere, Derwent Water, Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Explore different routes here.

Have you explored one of these routes before? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo by Leah Kelley on Pexels.com

Charley x

Published by Charley

Hi! My name is Charley and welcome to my little travel blog! After visitng South Africa in 2016, I caught the travel bug and have since been to 20 countries, ranging from New Zealand to Ukraine! Undaunted Adventure is a travel blog full of tips, tricks and my favourite memories. Hopefully they'll give you some inspiration to travel and to give you some hints of where to go! Roam Free - Travel Undaunted.

10 thoughts on “5 Unmissable UK Road Trips

  1. My boyfriend and I were taking about the NC500 earlier today and how we want to do it when he has a decent car! I’ve never heard of the others (although I have been to The Lake DIstrict and Cornwall) but I’d LOVE to do a roadtrip! x

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