Top 5 Scenic Drives in the UK

Are you planning to tour the United Kingdom and don’t know where to start? Join us as we discover the amazing locations and attractions with our guide to what we believe are the top 5 scenic self-drive tours of the UK.

Snowdonia – Wales

Snowdonia or Eryri as it’s known in Welsh, is located in North Wales and attracts over 6 million visitors each year who are drawn to its stunning natural beauty. Snowdonia is the third most visited national park in England and Wales, with so much to see and do in stunning surroundings it’s no wonder why.

The key road links to Snowdonia are as follows:

A55 – from Northern England & Scotland.
A5 – from the Midlands and Southern England.
A470 – from South Wales.
A5 (Holyhead) – from Ireland via ferry.

To tour the region by car, start at Betws y Coed. Here you can stop off at the amazing Pont-y-Pair Falls before you head along the A4086 towards the Snowdon summit. Continue on the A4086, this takes you through the Pass of Llanberis on a 1,169 feet ascent into the mountains and then on to Beddgelert, right in the heart of Snowdonia.

Further details, visit the official website of Snowdonia.

Hardknott Pass – Cumbria

Hardknott Pass is located in the county of Cumbria in England; this pass carries the minor motor road between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley. Hardknott Pass is a single roadway that twists and turns its way through the spectacular scenery of the Lake District with a series of hairpin bends and spectacular lookout points. 

The Hardknott Pass ascends up the Duddon Valley and descends to Eskdale. There’s much to see and do here and you’ve a choice of great pubs and little restaurants along the way!

Get more information on Hardknott Pass.
 

Scottish Highlands

One of the most scenic drives in Scotland has to be The Scottish Highlands. At the Scottish Highlands you can discover dramatic mountain ranges, haunting lochs and wonderful wildlife in a unique highland experience. 

To tour the area from Glasgow take the A82 and then follow the A83 onto Inverary. Here there are endless miles of scenic routes with breathtaking views and not forgetting stunning landscapes. 

Find out more about The Scottish Highlands.  

A39 – Cornwall

Stretching from Barnstaple in Devon to Newquay in Cornwall you’ll find the A39 route, other wise known as The Atlantic Highway. This is a wonderful drive to take with breathtaking scenery, dramatic coastline, welcoming beaches and friendly towns and villages dotted along the way. As self-drive tours go, you’re sure to enjoy this coastal route with some of the most wonderful scenery that the south west of England has to offer.

Find out more about A39 Cornwall (The Atlantic Highway)

Cheddar Gorge – Somerset

Cheddar Gorge, the largest gorge in the UK, is named as the second greatest natural wonder in Britain and attracts over 500,000 visitors each year. Cheddar Gorge (located close to the M5) was formed during the ice age by melt-water floods that occurred over the last 1.2 million years! Now that the water and ice have subsided you can enjoy some truly spectacular scenery when you tour the area by car.

There are 27 cliffs that make up the Cheddar Gorge and the region offers an amazing 350 official climbing routes. Another huge attraction here is the Cheddar Caves. Discovered over 200 years ago they are as popular as ever and attract tourists from both near and far. 

Find out more about Cheddar Gorge – Somerset.

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What’s your favourite scenic driving route? Have you driven any of the above?

 



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