Dreaming of exploring by road this summer? Taking a road trip is a great way to see the sights across a particular region. It’s a convenient and fun way to travel because you can drive from place to place without relying on anyone else. You can venture in any direction and see where you end up – how exciting!
Road-tripping with family or friends can be a brilliant experience, but you might want to share the driving to give everyone a break. Cover drivers with temporary car insurance before you leave so you can each have your turn at enjoying the views.
Now you just need a location. What are some popular options to consider?
Visit quaint English villages, immerse yourself in country life and enjoy rolling green hills with a road trip through the Yorkshire Dales. This region offers a beautiful balance of rural scenery and civilisation.
Start in the picturesque market towns of Harrogate and Knaresborough before heading into the heart of the Dales. Drive out to famous natural landmarks such as Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Stop at local pubs for lunch and dinner. Soak up rural Yorkshire life and everything it has to offer.
North Coast 500
If you’re after breathtaking scenery, look no further than the Highlands of Scotland. The North Coast 500 is a renowned route, famous for its awe-inspiring mountains, coastal views and rugged landscapes. There is plenty to do for all – whiskey distilleries, cycling, hiking, water sports and historic attractions.
The best starting point is Inverness which is the gateway to the Highlands. You can then take the circular route around the whole north coast, taking in the sights of the Black Isle, passing through John O’Groats and enjoying the spectacular Sutherland coastline.
The south-west of England is home to the Atlantic Highway. A surfers’ and beach lovers’ paradise, it travels through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, offering access to many of the best seaside locations in the UK.
Starting in Bath, you can explore this stunning city before heading down the peninsula through Devon and into Cornwall at the other end. Famous towns such as Newquay, Padstow, St Ives and Penzance are charming and well worth a visit.
Finally, the Lake District offers a unique experience in the UK. Grand bodies of water provide a spectacular backdrop to venture around the many lakeside towns and villages. You can even take on the peaks of Scafell Pike and Helvellyn if you’re brave.
Ambleside, Grasmere and Windermere should be on the itinerary and you might be tempted to get on a lake cruise to see things from a different perspective.
Wherever your road trip takes you this summer, plan your route in advance so you can book events and accommodation. That being said, don’t be afraid to be spontaneous and wander off route now and again!