Road Trips In The UK: Where To Go Next?

Although flights are becoming more and more accessible for many people, there has been a growth in the number of people who choose to go on road trips instead. The reason for this is mainly down to the fact that a jet setting lifestyle isn’t sustainable for most of the general population. Between high costs and limited holidays, there is a greater reason for people to travel by car rather than by plane.



UK Road Trip Destinations
Road trips offer an endless list of places that can be explored in a more manageable fashion. Not only does it allow greater flexibility to the trip’s itinerary, but it also allows a closer look into the hidden gems along the chosen route.

Even within the UK, there are plenty of routes for you to take and each location has its own unique charisma. Be sure to choose one that best suits your personality and make the most out of it, here are a few suggestions that might take your fancy:

For The Ale Drinkers And Cheese Lovers

Route:A59 Harrogate to Aysgarth
What to expect: On this route, you will find a chain of the most beautiful villages, waterfalls and rolling backdrops in Yorkshire. Along the drive, you will be able to witness centuries of dark medieval history and the struggle between the royal houses of Lancaster and York back in the day. You will have to make a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre at Hawes to find Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese, as well as the Masham brewery for a satisfying pint of Black Sheep. With a combination of friendly people and wild landscapes, you will thoroughly enjoy this road trip away from the hustle and bustle.
Duration: 3 Days

For the Active Ones And Nature Lovers

Route: A39 Bridgewater to Bude
What to expect: Along this route, you will be able to explore the big naturistic views while experiencing the ribbon of asphalt and maritime history. You can stop off at Exmoor National Park for hikes across the hilly moors before driving down to the seaside towns of Bude for surfing. If you fancy some seafood, you should most definitely make a pit-stop in Padstow. This trip is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves with some healthy activities while enjoying some breathtaking views.
Duration: 4-5 Days

For the Stargazers and Storytellers

Route: Belfast to Londonderry
What to expect: This Irish route is a detour off the main roads that allow you to experience the quieter side of the country. First, you can visit the Gobbins Cliff path for an ambitious walkway chiselled out of basalt rock with hammers and rudimentary tools. Here you will be able to see some of the most spectacular heights. Take a detour down to Antrim to see some of the natural landscapes used to shoot Game of Thrones, including the Dark Hedges and Ballintoy harbour. This is perfect for those who want a break from the quick, modern, tech-filled lifestyle for a more relaxing alternative.
Duration: 3-5 Days

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For the Historians and Harry Potter Fans

Route: Fort William to Mallaig
What to expect: For those who would like a road trip that would almost feel like they have travelled back in time, you should plan a trip to the isles of Scotland. From Fort William, you will be able to find the Caledonian Canal where it is riddled with history from the Jacobite and Victorian era. Along the way, you will also find the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a location that was used frequently in the Harry Potter films. Towards the end of your trip, you will also find Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater lake in the UK and where the mythical creature, Morag, resides in. This road trip is for those who want to uncover the historical paths in the country, visualising how times were like back in the day.
Duration: 2-3 Days

For the Speedsters and Top Gear Fans

Route: Llandovery to Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen
What to expect: While this route is a shorter trip in comparison to the previous options, it is most beloved for any test drivers. Along the route, not only will you be welcomed with the spectacular views of Brecon Beacons, you will be driving within the twists and turns of the Tywi Valley. For this special occasion, you might even want to consider BMW car leasing* for the full experience. In the evenings, you can even slow the pace down by taking a detour in the neighbouring village of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen. Although this journey is widely popular with test drivers, thanks to Jeremy Clarkson, that is not the only thing it is known for. The route also holds a highly regarded reputation for its unrivalled views.
Duration: 1 Day

These are just a handful of road trip locations you can go on and there must be one that is perfectly suited to your hobbies and personality. For more inspiration, you can even check out some the #BloggersBestDrives and see what they recommend.

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22 comments

  1. Oh, I need to go do the Harry Potter/ Fort William route! I actually live in Glasgow, so it's so close - I can't believe I haven't already been! Thank you for the inspiration! All the other routes sound great too, will definitely be adding them to the list! x

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    1. I'm jealous you're so close! It's definitely on my bucket list

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  2. Every spot looks gorgeous. These pics remind me of my road trip through New Zealand.

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    1. Oh I've never been to New Zealand but I'd absolutely love to go

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  3. There are some really beautiful road trips in Scotland - I'm so lucky to have seen so much of the country <3

    G is for Gingers xx

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    1. Definitely I've heard lots of great things about the highlands

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  4. What an amazing post, so complete! Sometimes I wish I lived in the UK so I could visit these places easily.

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    1. It's such a gorgeous country you should definitely visit

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  5. Fantastic suggestions 😊 I'm always looking for new places to explore in the UK so thank you 😊

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    1. You're very welcome I'm glad you found it useful

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  6. Awesome post! Have discovered lots of new places to travel to in the UK thanks to this post. Can't wait to go exploring now lol

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  7. Bookmarking for my trip planning! Beautiful photo!!

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  8. I'm still learning to drive but this is great motivation to pass so I can start ticking some of these road trips off my bucket list!

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    1. Definitely! You'll have so much freedom once you can drive

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  9. Another great post, I really need to add some of these to my bucket list

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    1. You should! There's some gorgeous places to visit

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  10. These are brilliant! I am looking for a city break in Europe but you may have just swayed me!

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    1. There's so many brilliant places in the UK it's worth staying and checking them out for sure

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  11. This is a lovely idea for a blog post. I've been looking into road trips/van life/getting around by train (essentially trying to reduce the amount of flying and carbon-heavy travel I do) lately, and have rekindled my love of the UK as a result. It is SO beautiful here, and there's so much of it I haven't seen! I love the idea of driving from Bridgewater to Bude- lots of hiking and scenery.

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    1. Completely agree! The UK is so beautiful I try and make sure we have at least one staycation type road trip a year somewhere new

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