Five Great UK Driving Routes

Staycations may currently be in favour due to the difficulties of air travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a trip to a new destination - it just might be a little closer to home. We’ve put together five ideas for great UK locations you can easily reach by car, so you can enjoy a change of scenery without leaving the country.

Reading to Oxford, England

Take a quiet, leafy route on a lazy Sunday on the B481 from Reading, which just touches the south of the Chilterns. Spot the Grade II-listed brick kiln at Nettlebed before you head north-west to Watlington, and eventually your route will be peppered with small villages and cosy hamlets.

The Dragon’s Spine, Wales

Go coast to coast in Wales with the Dragon’s Spine - follow the A470 up from Cardiff and through the South Wales Coalfield and the Brecon Beacons. With gorgeous views of locations such as the Llyn Clywedog reservoir, Carreg Cennen Castle and the Snowdonia mountains, this is the ideal trip to load up on picnic snacks and drive all day until you finish up in Conwy.

North Coast 500, Scotland

You can experience the best of the Scottish Highlands from the driver’s seat on North Coast 500 - start from Inverness Castle and follow the official route through scenic locations such as Durness and Donoch.

Make sure you take plenty of time to properly take in the views - following the entire route can take up to a week so ensure you have made plans for somewhere to spend each night before you head off! Don’t miss the stunning white sands and hills of Achmelvich Bay - if you want to try your luck at spotting seals or dolphins, head further north up to Chanonry Point.

Devon to Cornwall, England

Experience the Atlantic Highway in the south-west of England on the A39 - while this stretch of road doesn’t always run right up by the coast, you will pass through Wadebridge and Bude and will get some fantastic views of the ocean. If you want to get even closer to the water you can stop off at Bedruthan Steps Beach and take in the coastline, or if man-made history is more to your interests you can stop off near Tintagel Castle, made famous by its association with Arthurian legend.

Newcastle to Slieve Gullion, Northern Ireland

Enjoy spectacular views along this coastal route in Northern Ireland that takes you through mountains, countryside and past the Irish Sea. Start by leaving Newcastle and passing the highest mountain in Northern Ireland - Slieve Donard - until you head further away from the sea, following the twisting route around the Mourne Mountains until you reach the gorgeous natural scenery of the Ring of Guillon.

Stretching for 40 miles, this route can easily be done in a day, or cut it in two for a more relaxing trip that will let you take in the views at your own relaxed pace.

Protect yourself with car hire excess insurance

We all love going on road trips, but your dream break could turn into a nightmare if your hire car gets damaged or stolen. To keep your peace of mind, especially when on unfamiliar roads, UK car hire excess insurance is designed to reimburse you for the excess you'd be required to pay when making a claim with your car rental company. 

About the author

Adam Summersby - blog author, car hire excess insurance business unit directorThis is a marketing article from insurance4carhire by our car hire excess insurance business unit director, Adam Summersby. Adam is a respected leader with 11 years’ varied experience in niche personal and commercial lines insurance, including caravan, site operators and excess reimbursement, with proficiency in leadership, sales and account management.

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