I really love a UK Road trip. All you need is a car, snacks, a map/GPS, great tunes and a vague idea of where you want to end up when it gets dark.
There is so much history, so very many beautiful landscapes, seemingly endless quirky stops, lovely beaches and village pubs that are just crying out for wandering into – read on for road trip ideas over summer.
You’ll discover azure skies bathing in still lochs, fairy cairns balancing on cliffsides, mist-draped mountain shoulders, and more castles than you can imagine (which is the best problem in the world).
The further North/West we got into the Scottish Highlands (beginning in Edinburgh) the more our breath caught. Each time we rounded another bend another vista opened before us. Scotland is an incredible place to meander on a UK road trip.
Bath + Stonehenge – a classic UK road trip
Bath, I love you. Your honey coloured Georgian Terraces, the fascinating history, the infamous Sally Lunn Buns, the canals, the fact that you are a day trip from London, your Christmas Bauble shop. I adore the industrial heritage dotted about the landscape, the Bath Cathedral lit up at night, the incredible Grand Circle Circus ringed with Georgian terrace houses… Bath Spa is somewhere I love returning over and over again.
…and if you’re road tripping to Bath, I’d recommend stopping in at Stonehenge.
The Cotswolds + Derby + York (or Lincolnshire)
Roadtrips are possibly the best fun you can ever have. Great company, adventure and every road a route to delicious goodies. That in mind, over a table of scone and cocktails we hatched a girlie getaway to York via Derbyshire. We knew it had to involve laughter, cocktails and gluten-free cake with a touch of history, so hotel booked we started off a grizzly grey morning with a map in hand. We loved our roadtrip through Derbyshire.
Rye + Seven Sisters
With a few sessions of intense discussion, the 48-hour game plan of beach, Rye, Battle of Hastings then a brief stop to admire the Seven Sisters Coast was hatched. s we cruised down the motorway early on the Sunday morning (ignoring the silly suggestions of our snarky SatNav) we dreamed of the last time sand trickled between our toes (and into every single other place imaginable), the last time we’d dipped our hobbit toes in crystal clear beach water and listening to the gulls glide through the air…
Cornwall coast road trip
Both my friend and I had eyed up the beautiful scenery, cosy thatched cottages and wild beaches of the Cornish coast often enough to each have a wishlist of places to explore, so on our long weekend, we tried to fit in as many places as we could.
Result? The best Cornwall road trip we could have hoped for, complete with excellent tunes, copious snacks and occasionally crazy weather conditions. Full of pirates and smugglers, intriguing history, rampant gardens, cream teas where we discussed the big questions (cream then jam, or jam then cream, obvs) and weather conditions that changed by the minute from hail to beaming sunshine. Click here for full Cornwall roadtrip itinerary + accomodation suggestions.
Honourable mentions have to go to these 10 Quirky Day Trips From London (That you can easily turn into weekends away) not to mention the incredible road trip through Texas and Louisiana, and the places we’ve explored by road tripping through the North Island of New Zealand.
Do you love road tripping?
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