UK top five road trips

Britain has some fantastically varied scenery - from beautiful coastal roads to stunning mountain passes. With a bit of inspiration and some planning you too can enjoy some superb road trips right on our doorstep.

5 - Newquay to Boscastle

Claire, from our Marketing team, suggests this lovely trip through Cornwall.
Taking in half of the North coast of Britain’s former tin mining heartland, this route winds it’s way along the coast offering some breathtaking scenery and pretty, little seaside towns.
We’ve included a diversion at Padstow, as the harbour town is a great place to pick up some fish and chips or something slightly more gourmet - if the mood takes you.
As you approach Boscastle on the rolling hills of the B3266 you’ll see a wide expanse of sea, the church and Forraburry Hill lookout tower.

4 - Merthryr Tydfil - Tregaron

The Brecon Beacons National Park is a rugged, but beautiful, area of Wales. This trip out from Merthyr goes right across the middle of the Beacons, past the highest peak in Southern Wales. Pen Y Fan 886 metres (2,907 ft) above sea level and partner Corn Du make up the impressive Cadair Arthur, or Arthur’s Seat overlooking the Usk valley.
If you decide to stop to climb the hills, you’ll be in need of refreshment so stopping in the town at Brecon is a good idea before heading on through more gloriously remote countryside to Tregaron. If you’re visiting in September you might catch the annual eisteddfod - a cultural festival of Welsh literature, music and performance.

3 - Isle of Wight Circular

Helen suggested our number 3 route round the Isle of Wight. With this trip you’ll, most likely, have to take a ferry from Portsmouth or Southampton to arrive on the island, but you won’t be sorry once you start out along the coast road.

We’ve taken the clockwise route, which takes in some pretty seaside villages and towns, each worthy of a trip in their own right. Once you’re over halfway, you'll go through Tennyson Down - an area of outstanding natural beauty - before you get to the iconic chalk headland of The Needles.
Coming back around the North coast, you’ll pass Newtown Harbour Nature Reserve, a must see for bird watchers - Cowes, arguably the sailing capital of Britain and Osbourne House - Queen Victoria’s country home and the Isle of Wight Railway Co. - where you can catch a steam train from Haven Street.

2 - Stonehenge - Cheddar Gorge

No road trip in the UK would be complete without a visit to Stonehenge. These world famous standing stones mark the start of this road trip which wiggles West to the stunning, Limestone scenery of Cheddar Gorge.

If you’d like to add a few diversions, why not take in Longleat Safari Park, Glastonbury Tor, Wookey Hole and the gorgeous town of Frome.

1 - Loch Lomond - Islay

A personal favourite of mine is this stunning trip through the Southern highlands of Scotland and (via a ferry trip from Kennacraig) on to the Isle of Islay, part of the Inner Hebrides.

Not only do you start out by following the edge of the largest stretch of water in Great Britain - Loch Lomond - but you’ll soon after be driving through historic mountain passes before dropping down to Loch Fyne for some oysters.

After that, it’s past Inverary castle and the beautiful Lochgilphead before you take the ferry over to Islay where you can sample some of the finest whiskey known to mankind.

If you’ve got your own road trips which you’d like to share or if you’ve taken some of our road trips and think we’ve left out some important details, we’d love to hear from you, pop over to our Facebook page and let us know.
(First published on 11/07/2014)

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