Best UK Road Trips

You want to do a road trip around the UK but have no idea where to start! Check out this blog post here on how to plan a road trip.   

While planning your adventure from scratch can be fun it isn’t for everyone so here is a list of premade road trips around the UK to help give you some inspiration and help get you started on planning your next adventure.   

NC500

Starting in Scotland with the NC500 will take you long 500 miles of the northern coast was a beautiful country starting Inverness and finishing in Lochcarron.   

There are plenty of things to see and do along the way as well as places to stay which comes as a surprise to most people. The great thing about the NC 500 is it can be completed in just a week! So if you only have a short amount of time this is something which you can do but most people will recommend extending your trip giving you more time at each stop.   

A great thing about this trip that it finishes is Lochcarron a key point known for those who want to explore the Western isles of Scotland such as Skye, Lewis and Harris.   

Isle Hopping

If you’re in the UK and fancy doing some Island hopping and then making your way up north to Scotland to the Isle of Skye as well as Isle of Lewis and Harris.   

With so many sites to see across these two isles, from watersports, walks in the great outdoors to whiskey tasting and some history as well!   

Start on the island of Skye and heading up the east side of the island taken into the famous sites before hopping on a boat north of the island to head over to Lewis and Harris, spending time exploring this isle before heading back down the west side of this island.   

Coast to Coast

Heading a little further south a great road trip which can be done in just a weekend is coast to coast. This road trip traditionally starts in St. Bees and finishes in Robin Hood’s Bay taking you through, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and the Lake District from the east to the west coast of the UK.   

Thanks to the small size of the UK this is a drive you to do in a day, over a weekend or a week! It all depends how much you have and what you want to see and do along this route but is great for anyone who only has a day or two.   

The Welsh Coast 

If it’s the Welsh coast you want to see that this is the trip for you!  

Starting in Anglesey and following the coast all the way along to Cardiff your will pass through most if not all of the major cities there are in this small nation as well as various of the parts.  

This road trip is great for those who want a mix of city and countryside as well as beautiful beaches to visit along the way something at Wales is known for. 

Another great thing about this trip is that, it is possible to complete in just a week, but I would recommend spending slightly longer and taking your time over as there is so much to see and do.   

Hiking in Wales with the view of the coast in the background

Lake District  

More commonly known as The Lakes, this area of outstanding next natural beauty has something to offer everyone. From small quaint countryside towns to walks in the countryside and of course plenty of lakes making for some scenic views, while there why not climb to the highest point in England as well as visit Beatrix Potter’s house.  

This is the places to go if you only have a weekend or a few days to road trip around an area as there are so many things that you can do in just a weekend, but you can still spend a week or maybe two driving around really taking this beautiful corner of the UK.   

Cornwall 

Time to head down south to Cornwall. Known best probably for its beaches this part of the UK is home of attractions with things such as the Eden Project and the Forest of Dean.  

Cornwall is a place where you can pick a small area to just road trip around depending on your timescale or take a few weeks to explore the whole area, in Cornwall you can visit the most southern point of the UK in Land’s End!  

But of course there is also what Cornwall is most famous for the beaches, countryside walks as well as big cities with small countryside villages, this corner of the UK really does have it all.   

Causeway Coastal Route  

Time to head over the water to Northern Ireland and to the most notable road trip has to be the causeway coastal route.  

Starting in Belfast and finishing in Derry, this road trip takes you along some of the iconic scenes there are in Northern Ireland well and big attractions such as in Belfast you can visit the Titanic HMS and as the name suggests the Giant Causeway itself a famous geological structure of this country, with an interesting folks tale behind it.   

There are also a wide range of coastal walks, water sports and city trips to do along the way, making this road trip a short and sweet one.   

Land’s End John O’Groats   

What was the list of UK road trips be without the biggest one of all Land’s end to John O’Groat! Starting in the most southern point of the UK in Land’s End to the northern point in John O’Groats, this trip takes you through the whole of UK letting you see it all.  

This road trip has to be the most famous one in the UK with many people taking part in different ways such as walking, cycling to even horseback riding! However you could simply just drive taking the easy way up through the UK.  

One of the best parts of this trip is that you have an outline that takes up right up the centre through the UK meaning that it is super easier to jump off and go do other activities that take your fancy, making it one of the most flexible trips when finding things to do and see.  

This road trip can be done in just seven days, however I would defiantly recommend taking longer allowing you to spend more time in places and cut down on the amount of driving done which day as well. 

This route is the best way if you are wanting to see the whole of the UK.  


Now you have some inspiration to start planning a UK road trip, comment below which route you are planning on taking and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more travel-related content.   


Enjoy navigating the globe 

Faye 

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