If you are looking for a brilliant way to relax, why not take a road trip? You can rent a car and leave your regular routine behind for a few days. The UK has some beautiful scenic routes just waiting to be explored. Each one listed here has unique features that will make for a memorable holiday.
The A591, from Kendal to Keswick (England)
The 50-kilometers drive between two of the Lake District’s most popular towns gives you the chance to experience this part of the country’s stunning beauty. The road passes through Lake Windermere, Europe’s largest lake and home to at least one sea monster (if you believe local legends).
Lake Windermere is a popular resort town with facilities for golf, fishing and water sports. A ferry boat takes passengers from Hawkshead to Bowness, offering visitors a way to explore the Lake up close.
While visiting Bowness-on-Windermere, plan to visit the World of Beatrix Potter attraction. It is open year-round and offers different themed days and a variety of shows throughout the year.
The A2, along the Antrim Coast (Northern Ireland)
The 30 kilometers of road along Antrim coast of the UK has been described as the most beautiful in the world. Visitors can explore the ruins of Dunluce Castle, a medieval fortress originally built in Antrim’s coastal cliffs in approximately 1500. The Castle was used as the seat of the earls of County Antrim in the 1600s until its kitchens caught fire and fell into the sea during a storm in 1639.
No visit to Antrim would be complete without a stop to visit the Giant’s Causeway. This natural phenomenon is made up of natural basalt columns. Guided tours are available, or you can explore them with an audio guide on your own. The Causeway is home to many species of birds and plants, making it an interesting side trip.
The A465, from Abergavenny to Penderyn (Wales)
This scenic route takes you on a 45-kilometers drive along the Heads of the Valleys Road. Abergavenny is a market town that is well known for its excellent food. Do make a point of giving yourself enough time to explore its markets and have a meal before setting off.
The Brynmawr and District Museum is located in Brynmawr. Its collection features artifacts made up of everyday items used in industries established by Quakers.
Your journey will allow you to pass through some portions of Brecon Beacons National Park. This makes for a very pleasant experience as you make your way toward Penderyn, which is nestled just within the Park’s southern boundary. The rural village is home to the Penderyn Distillery, which produces several varieties of single malt whiskey.
The A82, along the Loch Lomond, towards Glencoe (Scotland)
Explore Scotland A2 highway near the United Kingdom’s largest lake and treat yourself to the sight of some of the most impressive natural landscapes you will see anywhere. The scenery rolls out in front of you like a real-life painting with the view on the famous mountain Ben Lomond. At the bottom, you will find the green moorland and icy-blue lochs. Mountain flowers populate the terrain with colorful blooms in the summer.
Get out of the car and explore the mountains on foot. There are routes to suit visitors of every fitness level.
The A3055, around the Isle of Wight
The section of the A3055 starting at Chale to the East and ending at Freshwater Bay in the West is known as the Military Road. It makes for a wonderful car trip since this route provides travellers with absolutely breathtaking views of the coastline.
As you make your way along the road, you are able to see farmers’ fields stretching out into the distance before being broken by blue coastal waters. Drive a little further on and the landscape changes to stunning white cliffs that simply drop-off into the water.
The original version of the Military Road was constructed in the middle of the 18th century as part of the Isle of Wight’s defense network. For approximately 70 years, it was a private gated road and was used to connect barracks and forts until the year 1930. At that time, the landowner donated the road to the local council.
No matter which of these scenic routes for a road trip you choose, be sure to pick a day when you can drive through the area at a leisurely pace and enjoy all the sights and sounds along the way.