If there’s an 'awe-inspiring road trip' somewhere on your bucket list, what are you waiting for? Because some the world’s greatest driving routes are right here in the UK. Here’s our top three.
England - The Atlantic Highway
The Atlantic Highway stretches 72 miles along the A39 from Barnstaple in Devon, to Fraddon in
Cornwall, hugging the coast and offering jaw-dropping views of rolling hills and open ocean.
It truly is the drive of a lifetime, and there’s heaps to explore. Like the quaint villages of the Quantocks, and the countless craggy coves down on the coast. You can’t drive the Atlantic highway without dipping your toe in the ocean. So take an hour or two to enjoy Widemouth Beach, which is perfect for families. Or if you’re packing a surfboard on your roof-rack, check out the break at Crackington Haven.
The Atlantic Highway comes to an abrupt end at Indian Queens junction, where you can tick off another adventure and head for home. Or if you’ve still plenty of fuel in your tank, turn right onto the A30 and keep going till you hit the coast at Penzance.
Scotland - The Road to the Isles
The Road to the Isles is only 40 miles long, but it cuts through some of Scotland’s wildest terrain on its way from Fort William to the port of Malaig. But it’s not just about the scenery.
You can go fly-fishing for wild trout on Loch Morar. Delve into the horrible history of Corpach, where the Clan Cameron slaughtered the MacLeans in 1470. Or if you visit in late summer, don’t miss the Glenfinnan Highland Games. Just remember to stand well back when you’re watching the caber toss, stone put and hammer throwing.
Malaig is officially the end of the road, but if you’re keen to see more of bonny Scotland, drive aboard the ferry and push on to the Isle of Skye.
Wales – A470
The A470 heads north out of Cardiff towards Merthyr Tydfil where the road kicks up towards the
mountains. It weaves its way through the passes of the Brecon Beacons, then descends onto the flat plain of central Wales where it potters through ancient villages and pootles past castles and chapels.
The route climbs again as it enters Snowdonia National Park, snaking between the peaks to give you breath-taking views of the massive Cader Idris. Then it’s down to the sea at Llandudno, with its historic pier, grand Victorian sea front and Britain’s only cable-hauled public road tramway. Time for some fish and chips.