5 Must-Visit Locations for a UK Road Trip This Summer

Coast path between Lizard Point and Kynance Cove in Cornwall

In recent years, the UK has seen a resurgence in domestic tourism, with more individuals opting to discover the treasures closer to home. The ‘staycation’ may have been a pandemic necessity for many of us, but their popularity has remained even as foreign travel has become available once again.

With inflationary pressure now forcing many UK households to rethink their holiday plans as well, here are five gems that you don’t need a passport and a flight to get to.

The Scottish Highlands

Autumn colours at Castle Tioram overlooking Loch Moidart
Beautiful Scottish Highlands

Revel in the wonder of the awe-inspiring Scottish Highlands, where landscapes steeped in ancient lore meet wild, untouched nature.

The Highlands offer a dramatic entrance into Scotland’s heart, with the mystic Glencoe Valley and the legendary Loch Ness providing snapshots of nature’s power and mystery. Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of activities, from hiking the rugged trails to kayaking in serene lochs.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Venture next into Wales, Snowdonia National Park awaits with its majestic mountains and deep valleys. The challenge of ascending Mount Snowdon appeals to adventurers, while its foothills offer gentler paths with equally stunning views.

Beyond its natural wonders, Snowdonia is dotted with historical sites and quaint villages, offering a glimpse into Welsh culture and history.

The Lake District, England

Hiking in the Lake District
Hiking in the Lake District

Alternatively, head into the serene beauty of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, a cherished UNESCO World Heritage site. Known for its reflective lakes, lush forests, and mountainous landscapes, the Lake District has captivated poets, artists, and travellers for centuries.

Windermere, in particular, offers not only scenic beauty but also a plethora of water-based activities. Literary enthusiasts will delight in exploring the historic homes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, whose works were inspired by these very landscapes.

The Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is a testament to the natural world’s wonder and beauty. The Giant’s Causeway, with its geometric basalt columns, remains one of the UK’s most unforgettable sights.

This coastal journey also weaves through scenic settlements, dramatic cliffs, and historical landmarks, including the centuries-old Bushmills Distillery, inviting travellers to sample its storied whiskeys.

Cornwall, England

Portloe on the Roseland Heritage Coast in Cornwall
Cornwall is a popular place to live in the UK

Take a road trip to Cornwall, where the land meets the sea in spectacular fashion. The rugged Cornish coastline, sandy beaches, and charming villages offer a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The mythical Tintagel Castle and the vibrant surf scene at Newquay are just a few highlights that make Cornwall a must-visit destination for those seeking both relaxation and adventure.

Appreciating Time Spent Together

Road trips are a time for reflection, fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime; with days spent in picturesque scenery to evenings spent playing games of online bingo or scrabble by a roaring fire. Often the time spent on the road itself can be seen as tedious with the destination often further than you think. Breaking up the journey with viewpoints, cafes, or places for picnics will allow breaks and time for everyone to share their plans for the place ahead.

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