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British road trips for an exciting staycation

From quaint countryside villages to vast sandy beaches and impressive historic monuments, you’ll be amazed at what you can find if you take to the roads of Britain.

The country’s stunning coastlines and lush green National Parks provide an outdoor escape for people of all ages, and a staycation in 2020 is set to be more desirable than ever.

With uncertainty around overseas travel in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps it’s time to load up the car for a British road trip to remember?

Car hire companies have had a surge in demand since lockdown restrictions began to be eased in June, with families looking to use up some of their annual leave and take long weekends away.

So if you’re dreaming of climbing mountains in Snowdonia, of exploring castles in Northumberland or of relaxing on the Norfolk coast, it could be closer than you think.

At just 874 miles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, a short drive in Britain can take you from the major cities into the heart of the countryside. Here are few road trip ideas for a memorable summer staycation…

Explore the Wales Way

This set of journeys features three routes across Wales that help to showcase the best of the country’s spectacular scenery, history and culture.

The North Wales Way tracks its way along the north of the country, taking you past imposing castles, the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno and across to Anglesey – home to an abundance of exceptional beaches and awe-inspiring wildlife.

Meanwhile, the Cambrian Way joins Cardiff in the south with Llandudno in the north via the A470, crossing the spine of the country and passing several cultural landmarks, including the world’s first inland surf lagoon at Adventure Parc Snowdonia.

Or venture to the west coast of Wales to drive along the Coastal Way, a 180-mile route around Cardigan Bay featuring harbour towns, opportunities for dolphin watching and some of the country’s most impressive castles.

Llandudno Pier, North Wales

Llandudno Pier, North Wales

London to Edinburgh

Venture from English capital to Scottish capital on a road trip that takes in some of the country’s jaw-dropping scenery.

At around 400 miles via the most direct route, an alternative is to venture westwards via the university city of Oxford, and up via Manchester, the picturesque surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales and the countryside gem that is the Lake District.

Alternatively, you could look to take in sections of England’s east coast, from discovering Hull’s Museum Quarter to tasting award-winning fish and chips in Whitby and exploring the North York Moors National Park.

Further north on this route you can wander the battlements of magnificent castles such as Alnwick and Bamburgh and cross the tidal way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, before following the coast through Scotland to reach Edinburgh.

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Loch Lomond to Loch Ness

From Glasgow and venturing in the Scottish Highlands, this iconic route passes some of Scotland’s most spectacular countryside, including Loch Lomond, Glen Coe and Loch Ness.

Keep your eyes peeled for Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, or stop off near Loch Ness for a spot of monster spotting – if you have bicycles with you, consider taking on the Loch Ness 360°, a trail that loops the entire way around the Loch.

With exceptional scenery at every turn, this 140-mile stretch doesn’t take too long to drive, but you’ll want to stop off plenty of times along the way!

View from Lock Ness, Scotland

View from Lock Ness, Scotland

If you are planning to hire a vehicle for a long weekend away, remember to ensure that you have adequate insurance in place.

Opting for car hire excess insurance via a third party can enhance the cover you have as part of your rental while giving you peace of mind while you explore Britain’s roads.

If you are looking to embark on a road trip, Questor Travel can help you to find the ideal UK break within your budget.

Date Created: 16/07/2020


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