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Happy Driving Around Britain: What Are the Best Road Trips in the UK?

We tend to associate road trips with giant, open countries like the US, Canada and Australia. Does that mean that you can’t go on a great road in the UK? It certainly doesn’t. The following are some great routes around the country which you should give a try when you get the chance to do so.

The Lake District Drive
Most people think of the Lake District as being a fantastic place for walking or climbing but it also offers the chance for a spectacular drive or two. One fine idea is to take the A592 from Ambleside all way through to Pooley Bridge. This is a short trip of less than half an hour but the road is windy and gives some amazing views over Ullswater Lake. This is a trip to be enjoyed in a leisurely way, so be sure to take your time and stop now and then to soak it all in.
The Isle of Man Circuit
You might not automatically consider a relatively compact island as the best place for a UK road trip but the Isle of Man is a fine destination for driving fans. A loop round the island’s TT course should take you 3 hours or so and is just one of the ways you can get some driving pleasure out of this island. If you have never been to the Isle of Man then this is a fantastic way to see it at its best.
The Yorkshire Moors Jaunt
The stunning Yorkshire Moors are hugely popular with walkers but they also provide a wonderful backdrop for a classy road trip. There are some top sights and attractions around here, such as York Minster, Castle Howard and some lovely towns and villages. This means that as well as some fun driving time there are also plenty of opportunities to get out and do something different for a while.   
The Dartmoor Expedition
Driving in Dartmoor and a unique and very special experience. There are a number of different routes you could choose from and they all offer quality views of a fascinating region. The B3212 is the main road across the park if you just want to cross the Dartmoor National Park reasonably quickly.  However, if you want to explore the area on smaller, quieter roads there are a number of options open to you. Best of all, the area is filled with great pubs and plenty of places where you can get out for a walk.
The Scottish Highlands Tour
The vast and fairly empty Scottish Highlands offers some great road trip possibilities. You could spent a long time driving around this part of the country without ever feeling that you have got to see as much of it as you would have liked. One road trip option well worth exploring is the almost unbearably scenic drive up from Invergarry to Uig on the Isle of Skye. This is a trip of less than 100 miles and will take you through some of the very best scenery in Scotland. If you have just bought a new vehicle from somewhere like Citroen Birmingham and want to explore the UK then this is a great way to treat yourself to a road trip in it.
The Snowdonia Trip
Wales offers some incredible road trip opportunities and they don’t come much better than this drive from Wrexham to Bala. It shouldn’t take you more than an hour to drive over the A494 and then the A487 and the A470 and finally the A494. Along the way you will pass through lovely valleys and towns while seeing views of mountains and lakes too. 

The EVO Triangle Adventure
We might as well stay in Wales for the next road trip on the list. You might never have heard of the EVO triangle but it is one of the best parts of the UK for going for a drive.  This is a triangle made up of the A5, the A543 and the B4501. This driving destination gets its nickname from the fact that EVO Magazine frequently uses it as a place to test out new cars. It isn’t a long drive around these three roads but it makes for a memorable part of a longer road trip in Wales.
The Southwest Coast Path Trip
The South West corner of the UK some terrific driving regions and the part between St Ives to St Just is among the best there is. If you love to have the sea just outside your car window then this is going to be perfect for you. The B3306 is the road you will be driving along here and it is a fantastic stretch of road for you to leave your worries behind and just enjoy the pleasure of driving the UK.  
What is your favourite UK driving route?
Tim Curry is a car industry expert who has explored a lot of the UK’s roads already but is keen to keep on finding new driving destinations.


  1. There's a lot of road-tripping in UK? Just now I know about it. Great article for cars and road tripping.

  2. I have a blogpal who lives in the UK and all her travels can be seen in her blog, makes you want to wish that you live there.

  3. It would be nice to drive around Britain because of the nice attraction.

  4. How I wish I could drive around Britain. That will be an awesome adventure for me and my kids. I just have to make sure I have map or gps so I won't get lost