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Some of the Best Road Trips in the UK

This article provides some information regarding some of the best road trips you can take in the UK

Traveling is a wonderful thing and it really helps us ease off. Along with travel, comes the joy of exploring and give some satisfaction to our adventurous souls. Travel can be done in numerous ways but taking a road trip has its own charm and beauty. You are the master of your own journey and you can move at your own convenience. While traveling in your own vehicle, you can explore as many places as you like.

As stated earlier, road trips are fun and exciting. They have a certain thrill and charm, which fills us up with energy and enthusiasm. When traveling by road, the destination is much less important as compared to the journey. Every journey we take on the road, every turn we make, it makes us filled with joy and happiness. It does not matter what kind of vehicle you have; a motorcycle, a car or a jeep; you can enjoy several road trips in the UK.

This article provides some details about the best road trips in the UK. Read on to learn more about them!

Scotland's North Coast 500

This circular route is a greatest hits of Scottish icons, stretching across 805km of lonely single-track. Skirting the coast from Inverness and the Black Isle, past the seaboard crags of Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross, it offers up uncanny ruins, rugged fairways, toothy castles, shingle-sand beaches, tiny fishing hamlets and peaty whisky distilleries. Even the name is a doff of the cap to The Proclaimers.

Along the way, the road becomes a symphony, building note after note, bend by bend, from its rallying start through the east coast villages of Dornoch and Wick to Aultbea, Poolewe and Gairloch on the savage west coast. Here, it reaches a crescendo below the impregnable peaks of Loch Maree.

Finally, the road reaches the nuttily brilliant Bealach na Bà, which loops up and over the Applecross Peninsula like a piece of gigantic spaghetti. It could scarcely be more isolated or awe-inspiring.

Best for: escaping urban life and unexpected traffic jams, courtesy of wayward Highland cows and stags.
Need to know: accommodation options are few and far between, so book in advance. Outside of summer, you'll have the route to yourself, when even a witches' brew of winter clouds couldn't dampen the drama or Highland spirit.

Southwest England's Atlantic Highway

A storied ribbon of asphalt and maritime history, this 275km road has the wild beauty that has become the hallmark of southwest England: it's all about the big views.

Sandwiched between barley fields and a succession of bays and beach breaks, the A39 from Bridgewater to Bude is a magical concertina that creases and folds along the Devon and Cornish coast. Beyond the roadside hedgerows, the windswept dunes become the territory of shaggy-haired surfers, where foaming waves beat the shoreline.

Stop off at Exmoor National Park for hikes across the hilly moors, before driving south from Barnstaple through the salt-tanged seaside towns of Bude (for surfing), Padstow (for seafood) and Newquay (for weekend partying). Then it's onwards to Land's End - the place Cornish sailors once thought was the end of the world.

Best for: surfers and wannabe hippies.
Duration: 4-5 days
Need to know: the name is a bit of a cheat. The route travels inland for much of Cornwall, eventually feeding onto the shoreline at Newquay. Seen through the grainy light of nostalgia, the only way to do this trip is in a VW camper van with a board tied to the roof.

Author: Mike MacEacheran
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Posted on 13th March 2018 at 10:23 AM

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