Best Summer Road Trips in the UK

Best Summer Road Trips in the UK

Whether it be a car, motorbike, or campervan, get behind the wheel to create a sense of freedom and adventure and take a road trip this summer. Here are 4 stunning journeys in the UK

The Atlantic Highway

The A39 is one of the longest roads in Southwest England. We’re looking at the picturesque stretch between Barnstaple in Devon and the Cornish town of Newquay. Although the road itself does not get close to the coast, there are stunning views of the Atlantic as you pass through Bude, Camelford and Wadebridge.

Take a Break!

  • For a cream tea in Bideford
  • King Arthur at Tintagel Castle
  • Picnic on Bedruthan Steps Beach
  • Distance and Ideal Duration

    77 miles, 1-2 days

    The Black Mountain Pass

    While some journeys may be long and extensive, the Black Mountain Pass provides an unforgettable experience. Located in the Brecon Beacons area, it is renowned for its unrivalled views of the Tywi Valley, stunning scenery, and challenging hairpin bends Travel from the north to the south from Llandovery to Gwuan-Cae-Gurwen.

    Get Ready for

  • Jaw-dropping viewpoints
  • Challenging twists and turns
  • Authentic rustic farmhouses
  • A 'Top Gear' rated adventure
  • Disance and Ideal Duration

    22 miles, 1 day* *Consider extending your trip to 48 hours to take in the A470 Brecon Beacons National Park.

    North Coast 500 (NC500)

    This is a jaw-droppingly beautiful route. Starting in Inverness, the route weaves along the west coast to Applecross, then up to some of the most northerly coastal points in Scotland passing by Caithness and John o’ Groats before heading south again through Dingwall and finally back to Inverness.

    Be Prepared!

  • For stunning, deserted beaches, artisan distilleries, and delicious seafood
  • By stocking up on drinks and snacks
  • Signposts and maps are better than GPS!


    Distance and Ideal Duration

    516 miles, 5-7 days

    The Coastal Circuit, Northern Ireland

    One of the most varied road trips in the UK, this trip from Belfast to Derry also has a range of smaller villages in easy reach along the way. For instance, Rathlin, Northern Ireland’s only inhabited offshore island, sits around halfway along the route and is home to an RSPB reserve. Its resident guillemots, razorbills and puffins are a must-see for birdwatchers.

    "Pull Over" Experiences

  • Gobbins Cliff Path
  • Dark hedges, a tree-lined road used in Game of Thrones
  • The Giant’s Causeway
  • The Old Bushmills Distillery
  • Distance and Ideal Duration

    195 miles. 3-5 days

    Why not roll down your window and carry on into the south! Whatever you decide, adventure is out there for you!