The UK’s most beautiful secret road trips

UK road trip

Thinking of hopping in your caravan or motorhome and exploring the best of the British Isles this summer? Why not embark on one of these unique and lesser-known driving routes? 

With many Brits considering holidays closer to home amidst the cost-of-living crisis, searches for UK road trips have doubled over the past year. Taking note of this trend, the International Drivers Association embarked on a mission to unearth some of the most extraordinary and off-the-beaten-path routes and destinations that the UK has to offer.

The Atlantic Highway, England

Venture along the captivating A39, known as the Atlantic Highway, and embark on a 77-mile drive through the rugged coasts of North Devon and Cornwall. From the starting point in Barnstaple to the picturesque finale in Fraddon, this enchanting route unveils quaint coastal towns, secret coves and majestic cliffside paths ideal for hiking. Be sure to visit Tintagel Castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, along the way. 

The Cambrian Way, Wales

Meandering for 185 miles from the vibrant city of Cardiff to the serene haven of Llandudno, the Cambrian Way traverses the heart of Wales in all its untamed glory. Explore the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Park, embracing the history and natural beauty of the Welsh countryside. 

The Borders Historic Route, Scotland

Commencing in the regal borough of Peebles in Dumfries and Galloway, this road trip route winds through the Scottish borders to arrive in Edinburgh. If you’re a history buff, you’ll have endless opportunities to explore historic castles, abbeys and many more hidden gems. Some highlights along the way include Neidpath Castle, Melrose Abbey, Abbotsford House and the panoramic vistas of Eildon Hills from Scott’s View.

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

While parts of this renowned route are familiar, there are many quieter sections that promise a more tranquil drive. Featuring enchanting coastal views, ancient castles and mystical glens – you can see the best of the Irish countryside from the comfort of your leisure vehicle. Begin in Belfast and journey north, stopping to explore hidden gems like Glenariff Forest Park and the picturesque Ballintoy Harbour.

The Norfolk Coast, England

If a tranquil seaside adventure off the beaten path beckons, be sure to set your sights on the A149, a 93-mile route along the North Norfolk coast that’s ideal for exploring in a caravan or motorhome. Traverse salt marshes, uncover pristine beaches and immerse yourself in the charm of quaint English villages, all while indulging in uninterrupted coastal vistas. Take a detour to sneak a peek of the resident seal colony at Blakeney Point or immerse yourself in the history of the region at the historic estates of Holkham Hall and Sandringham.


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