Discovering the beautiful roads of Britain

Normally when the word “road trip” comes to mind we think of exploring the west cost of America and famous routes like Route 66. Although many of us may not be aware of them, the UK is home to some road trips which can fully embrace some of the stunning scenery the country has to offer. For most people a UK road trip means motorways and congested A roads but depending on where you’re going, the route can go from boring to breathtaking.

Many of the road trips on offer take you through various terrains and conditions, so it’s important to be prepared for the journey ahead so you can fully enjoy it. With unfamiliar roads and adverse weather conditions it’s important your vehicle has the correct tyres to prevent the risk of a collision. Before you set off check that your tyres are in good condition but if you feel they need replacing then companies like TyrePlus stock a wide range of tyres, helping ensure your journey stays as safe as possible.

Atlantic Highway // England

Port Isaac

Exploring all that Somerset, Devon and Cornwall has to offer, the Atlantic Highway is a great way to see the South West Peninsula and discover some of England’s beautiful scenery. The first part of the trip ventures through the stunning surroundings of Exmoor National Park and offers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the local red deer. This route provides endless opportunities for refreshment breaks with many villages and shops on the way. As the route starts taking you south this is when you can really appreciate what England has to offer. Beautiful sea views and the odd surfer catching a wave is what makes this journey so special, before ending at the western most tip of Cornwall, Land’s End.

Causeway Coastal Route // Ireland

Giants Causeway

Known as one of the most stunning coastlines in the world, this coastal route allows you to explore some of Northern Ireland’s beautiful scenery. Starting in Belfast and ending in Derry~Londonderry, the route takes you past some of the countries natural beauties, such as Torr Head, the closest part between Ireland and Scotland, take a walk on the sandy beaches of Whitepark Bay or take in the outstanding beauty of the famous Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage site and the reason this breathtaking route was given its name.

North Coast 500 // Scotland

Achmelvich Beach

Referred to by some locals as Scotland’s answer to Route 66, the North Coast 500 takes you on a journey through miles of open country roads and allows you to take in some of Scotland’s hidden gems. Starting in Inverness, the route ventures along the Scottish coastline allowing you to explore castles, mountains and sandy beaches before the journey ends back at its starting point. For the walkers the North Coast 500 offers an array of stunning mountains and rugged terrains that are waiting to be explored. If you’re after breath taking views and natural beauty then this route is for you.

Black Mountain Pass // Wales

Black Mountain Pass

A firm favourite with keen bikers and motorists, the Black Mountain Pass is around 20 miles of swopping roads which touch the western corner of the Brecon beacons and peaks at a breath taking 1,600ft. Tackled by Jeremy Clarkson in an episode of Top Gear, the route has numerous bends and a well-known hairpin named locally as the “cuckoo turn”. It’s a route that needs to be driven with caution but driving at slow speeds means you can fully embrace the natural beauty that surrounds you as well as giving way for the many stray sheep you’ll find wandering the roads.

There are so many more amazing road trips in the UK that are waiting to be discovered. If you’ve explored any yourself then it would be great to hear from you in the comments section below.

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