The best road trips in the UK

18 November 2020

Are you planning a holiday closer to home this year? There’s still plenty of uncertainty regarding foreign travel due to Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you and your loved ones can’t enjoy some well-deserved downtime.

The recent introduction of air bridges between the UK and dozens of overseas countries means that many people may still be able to go abroad in 2020. But for lots of others, the prospect of remaining on these shores holds just as much appeal.

There are so many beautiful destinations throughout our country that are all accessible by car – so why not embark on a UK road trip with your family, friends, partner, or even by yourself?

We all need time off from work occasionally to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life. The benefits of going on holiday are vast and varied, and if you’d like to explore a little more of what’s right on your doorstep, here are some of the best road trips in the UK.

The best road trips in the UK

The Scottish Highlands

For spectacular, unspoiled beauty, few UK road trips can top the Scottish Highlands. By heading north of the border and steering clear of the teeming urban metropolises of Glasgow and Edinburgh, you’ll experience a country that is rugged and rousing in equal measure.

There are no end of winding roads for you to navigate, with plenty of sights to take in along the way, and if your adventurous side takes over then the All-new PEUGEOT 2008 SUV offers excellent off-road capabilities for when things get bumpy. The stunning mountains of Glen Coe, the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond or the road to Applecross – via the famous Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) – are just three areas that offer an abundance of remarkable photo opportunities and make Scotland one of the best road trips in the UK.

The best road trips in the UK


Perhaps the dramatic Scottish countryside is not your thing, and a few days by the beach is much more your scene. If that’s the case, then the drive to Newquay can prove one of the more scenic road trips in the UK.

As you venture deep into the south west and into the heart of Cornwall, you’ll be leaving the motorways behind and navigating the county’s numerous A-roads. Once you’ve arrived, the beautiful beaches at Watergate Bay and Fistral are idyllic spots for soaking up some sunshine. If you’re going away with the family then you’ll need plenty of space for all the towels, chairs, buckets and spades and the DS 7 CROSSBACK is the perfect car in this regard. If there’s only a couple of you, however, a Vauxhall Corsa should have ample room and is one of the best small cars for road trips.

The best road trips in the UK


What makes the journey to the Scottish capital one of the best road trips in the UK is that there are a number of stunning routes you can take if travelling from south of the border. For example, the M6 through the north west of England is flanked by some spectacular countryside, while if you head up the east coast then you’ll enjoy some beautiful vistas out across the North Sea.

Once you’re there, you’ll be best off in a small city car and the Citroen C1 is perfect for this UK road trip. Edinburgh offers a winning combination of rich history and contemporary chic and you can spend hours on end in the old town, wandering the cobbled streets and frequenting a few of the old-school pubs. Meanwhile, across the other side of Princes St Gardens there are plenty of designer shops as well as modern bars and restaurants where you can rest your weary feet for a break from all the retail therapy.

The best road trips in the UK

The Norfolk Broads

This route may not offer the mountainous views of a drive to Edinburgh or the Highlands, but it’s still deserving of its place as one of the best road trips in the UK. Much like the journey to Newquay, you’ll leave the busy motorways in your rear-view mirror, wind your way through Norfolk’s multitude of A and B-roads and be treated to spectacular views of the coastline along the way.

For camping enthusiasts, there are few better spots, with its own micro-climate and some of the most reliable weather the country has to offer. This truly is one of the best coastal road trips in the UK and there are an abundance of campsites close to the shore in places like Stiffkey, Cromer and Wells-next-the-Sea. Of course, any keen campers will know all about the importance of practicality and the Peugeot 5008 SUV or Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer provide plenty of space for the kids and all the kit that comes with a holiday spent under canvas.

Find the best car for road trips in the UK with Robins & Day

If you’re keen on some of these UK road trip ideas or you have a different destination in mind, the next step is making sure you have the suitable vehicle for your adventure. Whether it’s a small city runaround, an off-road 4x4 or a practical seven-seater to house you and all the kids, allow Robins & Day to help you pick out the best car for road trips in the UK.

Getting your hands on the right car is just the start of your journey, and we have a number of new and used vehicles available that could be perfect for your needs, so why not get in touch with us today or contact your local dealer and see how we can help you?

With travelling abroad proving more complicated at present, why not satisfy your wanderlust by experiencing some of the best road trips in the UK?


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