Britain’s favourite road trips – with mountains, lakes, beaches and castles

If you’re looking for a last minute summer holiday or planning out your 2023 trip then you may be looking for something a little more adventurous.

After all, it’s the first summer where travel is fully open again without expensive rules and restrictions due to Covid-19.

But, not everyone wants to hop on a plane to go aboard, especially with the current disruptions and cancellations happening to many airlines leaving and arriving in the UK.

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Many Brits have reported queues outside the airport terminals, getting stranded in foreign lands and even dumping their luggage just to get home.

So, if you fancy a staycation with some added excitement we’d recommend a road trip somewhere in the UK or Ireland where you can simply drive to your hearts content.

And, if you want to cross the Irish Sea then you can just hop on the ferry.

Road trips can be an incredible journey where you get to see villages and towns you might not normally have stopped off at.

You may even find your new favourite restaurant, historical sight or unusual attraction.

And, you can keep costs down by opting to bring a tent and stay at campsites – if you have a van or caravan even better!

Brits looking to drive off on a road trip adventure should also pay attention to new data which has revealed the UK’s favourite British and Irish road trips – and the North Coast 500 topped the list, with over 739,000 annual Google searches.

Zutobi analysed global search data to discover the most in-demand road trips in the UK and around the world.

As we mentioned, the NC500 in Northern Scotland was the highest rated and we’re not surprised.

The picturesque route stretches for 516 miles starting in the northern city of Inverness, it runs along the west coast to Applecross and then further north towards the towns of Torridon and Ullapool.

You’ll need to allow at least five days for the round trip journey but it’s absolutely worth it as the views are breathtaking.

You’ll see white sandy beaches, rugged mountains, remote fishing villages and highland animals on the coastal drive.

With everything from beaches to castles it’s an awe-inspiring journey to take in the Highlands.

The Ring of Kerry was the second most popular route with British citizens, with 57,300 annual searches.

This road trip takes you out to the coast from Killarney, where visitors find fantastic views of the Skellig Islands.

Rolling green hills, dramatic coastline, sparkling lakes, cliffs, golden strands and plenty of sights like Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and the Gap of Dunloe will keep you entertained.

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In third, was the Glasgow to Inverness road with 32,400 annual UK searches.

The picturesque road is located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, spanning incredible roads from Glasgow over to Inverness.

You’ll drive past Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Ben Nevis, and many other must-see Scottish landmarks.

It’s a great road trip for those wanting to see Scotland’s classic sites.

In fourth place was the A470 with 18,680 UK searches.

This trunk road takes drivers from Cardiff on the south coast to Llandudno on the north coast.

You’ll travel through the heart of the Welsh countryside over around five days where you’ll experience the lush Valleys, Brecon Beacons National Park, and spot luscious lakes and even mountains.

Finishing off the UK and Ireland’s best road trips was the Maidenhead to London route which was searched for 11,120.

This road trip is much shorter than others and can be completed in a day or a weekend if you make lots of stops.

But, while it’s short it’s littered with sights and ends in the Capital where there’s always more to do.

Starting off at Maidenhead your first stop should be at Windsor Castle where the Queen often resides.

From there, you can head to Kew Gardens for a stroll around the hothouses and grounds before continuing to Hyde Park and then dinner somewhere fancy in London.

What’s your favourite road trip route? Tell us in the comments…


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