Top road trips for a UK car holiday: Ready to buckle up and see the UK? You’re not alone. Thousands of adventurers each year decide to forgo planes and trains and instead take their destinies into their own hands, with their own wheels. But where does destiny get the best gas mileage? Here are a few trips worth taking and a few travel tips you won’t want to miss.
With more than 145km of rolling hills, the Cotswolds makes for a beautiful, if slightly dizzying, day trip. You’ll also get to enjoy a variety of sights and cities thanks to Cotswolds’ unique and thoroughly distinct regions. From the hopping street markets of Chipping Campden to the quiet rivers of Bourton-on-the-Water, this trip will give you multiple holiday experiences for the price of one.
London to Brighton
Technically, a straight drive from London to Brighton will only take you around two hours. But who wants to take a trip without stopping to smell the roses? Make a day trip out of this journey and let yourself enjoy all the sights that the southern UK has to offer. Go shopping in London, swimming in Brighton, and biking through the hills of South Downs in between. Catch some rays at Kemptown or feed the sheep at Ditchling Beacon. The only limit here is your imagination!
Lovely but stark, especially in the wintertime, the Yorkshire Moors have inspired many poets, artists, and other tortured souls to take pilgrimages through its unearthly beauty. You’ll want to unplug for this ride to really connect and reflect the atmosphere of the landscape. Oh, and if you’re taking a road trip to “get away from it all”? This is definitely the place.
North Norfolk Coast
The North Norfolk Coast has a little something for everyone, making it the perfect road trip for groups and families, where tastes can be as diverse as all the trash you’re secretly stuffing in the boot. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll be astonished by the white sands of Brancaster and the saltmarshes of Wells. If you prefer a more active trip, swing by King’s Lynn for shopping, dining, and comfy hotels. Norfolk is one place you won’t want to miss!
The Scottish Highlands
One of the most popular road trip destinations in the UK, the Scottish Highlands are the ultimate in scenic drives. They offer lakes, mountains, beaches, harbors, and long, curling trails into flower fields and wild gardens, each more beautiful and breath-taking than the last. You’ll have your pick of outdoor adventures, too, if you’d like to park for a while and go skiing or cycling or horseback riding. Rain or shine, summer or winter, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in the Scottish Highlands. Just don’t forget your camera!