To many, a car is freedom. There is no simpler pleasure than taking a drive, just for the sake of it, yet you don’t need to head all the way to Nürburgring for the ultimate driving experience; the UK offers some fantastic scenic routes, and below is just a taster of what you can expect expect.
To those living in a hectic urban existence, the best drives are the ones that take you as far from civilisation as possible, and there’s no better place than the sparsely populated Scottish Highlands. The A82 carries you through the The Arrochar Alps and alongside Loch Lomond, and the scenery here is stunning, with verdant forests in Summer and snow-capped mountains in Winter. Equally as breathtaking is the A498 in Snowdonia, Wales, which takes you right past Swallow Falls at Betws-Y-Coed.
For Animal Lovers:
‘Wildlife’ holidays usually evoke images of African safaris, yet the UK offers some amazing up-close encounters too. Driving through Exmoor National Park you are likely to see wild boar and the infamous Exmoor ponies. The New Forest is also teeming with wild ponies, and six species of deer, although it’s advisable to ensure you properly understand your car excess insurance policy, as unfortunately, collisions with deer are not uncommon. Of course, you could always drive through Longleat Safari Park if you insist on an African safari, although you may have to read the small print regarding lion damage!
For History Buffs:
The British Isles are steeped in history, and Northumberland boasts more castles than any other county. A drive along the coast will take you past several of the finest, including the majestic Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick castle and Dunstanburgh Castle, the latter being little more than a romantic fourteenth century ruin to grace the backdrop of your epic journey. Unsurprisingly, the Northumberland Coast has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a definite must-see on any itinerary.
For Film Enthusiasts:
However, there is sometimes no more thrilling experience than driving through locations from your favourite film. The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland’s county Antrim is one such location. It’s quite simply a short stretch of Bregagh road that is lined with sinister-looking beech trees, and has been used in the TV series Game of Thrones. The Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands can be seen from the A830, and Harry Potter enthusiasts will recognise it instantly from several of the films.
Going on road-trips seems to be a bygone pleasure, as peoples busy schedules consume them. Yet it is clear that Britain boasts some absolutely beautiful landscapes, so get behind the wheel, crack a window and let the scenery roll by.