With summer just around the corner, and having already been teased with temperatures close to 30 degrees in some parts of the UK, it’s no surprise that many of us are starting to think about holidays.
However, if you’re struggling to justify paying for flights, accommodation and transfers for a holiday abroad, why not consider having a staycation in the UK instead? Not only could you save yourself a lot of money, but you may just be surprised at how many hidden gems there are in our homeland.
A road-trip through the Cotswolds, Highlands or Lake District could be right up your street, and the British countryside and coastal scenes can be breathtaking, too. There’s also a massive variety of activities on offer – ever tried surfing in Cornwall or Canyoning in Scotland? Well, you now have the chance.
Are you thinking of packing up the car and exploring the UK, but struggling to find the best – and most scenic – routes? Worry no more! Here at Cotels, we’ve collated a variety of our most favourite routes around the UK to get your road-trip started:
Peak District, Sheffield to Macclesfield
The Peak District is well-known for its amazing views and with this 37-mile route right across the centre of the peaks, you’re bound to discover some breathtaking views, and this route is also perfect for avid rock climbers.
If you take both A and B roads from Sheffield to Macclesfield it will take you directly through the National Park where you can hire bikes, go paragliding, trek the national park by horse and also pitch up a tent – or perhaps try out one of the glamping tents available. If camping isn’t quite your thing (and it’s not for everyone!), why not try out a cottage or B&B in the countryside?
The Downs, Hassocks to Eastbourne
The rolling hills, also referred to as the Downs, are part of Britain’s newest National Park and this route allows holidaymakers to experience both inland and coastal views.
In order to get the most out of this drive, make sure you head towards Lewes and Ditchling Beacon. This route will allow you to get the best photographs and explore the vast countryside that Britain has to offer.
Scotland, Glasgow to Mallaig
Whilst it’s sometimes thought of as mostly being cold and rainy, Scotland offers some of the most iconic views in the world. It has even been known to see the Northern lights from the very northern islands!
Driving from Glasgow to Mallaig follows the old cattle drovers route which still exists in many areas of the West Highland Way. Be sure to grab yourself some snacks and charge your phones and cameras up though because this 150-mile stretch of road goes via the banks of Loch Lommond, marinas and through Britain’s biggest wilderness.
Isle of Wight, Old Military Road
If you live on mainland Britain then you’re going to have to take another form of transport for this one – a ferry. The Isle of Wight sits on the South coast of Britain just below Southampton and Portsmouth so, even though it’s a simple journey to get there, many say that it’s one of the UK destinations that make holidaymakers feel as if they’re in a country abroad.
Once you’re in the Isle of Wight, head to the A3055 coastal road which starts in Chale and ends at Freshwater Bay – a small bay that is the most picturesque on the whole island. Why not hire a kayak while you’re there and experience the caves and coves around the coast? They make for some great photographs!
Highlands, North Coast 500
This route is called the North West 500 for a reason – it’s labelled as Scotland’s equivalent to America’s Route 66. Expect blue skies, never-ending country roads and bright green marshland.
Not only does Scotland come in third place for being the best country to travel to, but it also has one of the best festivals in the country – the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. A perfect excuse to jump in the car and go on a road trip.
Don’t forget to check out our luxury serviced apartments if you’re travelling to the Northampton, Luton or Milton Keynes area – whatever the plans for your staycation are, we can help tailor a package to suit your requirements.
What’re you waiting for? Take to the roads this summer to get a glimpse of the best views in the UK!