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Do you think you have to fly halfway across the world to embark on a beautiful road trip? Think again. From the winding roads nestled in the Scottish highlands to routes that snake around clear blue waters in the Lake District, there are plenty of road trips to explore in the UK. When you hire a campervan from Camptoo, you will be able to road trip in whatever vehicle style suits you best. Choose from an extensive range, book easily online and travel hassle-free with a fully insured campervan. Then, once you have selected your perfect campervan or motorhome to hire, here are the best road trips in the UK to test out.
1. North Coast 500 Scotland
Reaching the highest point of the UK, the North Coast 500 stretches across 500 miles of the impressive Scottish Highlands. Expect to see a breathtaking coastline, pristine sandy beaches, imposing mountains and delightful remote villages. Hire your campervan in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, where you will be met with an impressive castle to mark the start of your journey. Head clockwise and you will pass through Fort William, where you have the chance to climb the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue on and there’s the option of a detour to Isle of Sky, where you will find beautiful mountains, forests, hikes and pools to dip in. Continue North to Ullapool to catch a glimpse of the famous Hogwarts Express train from Harry Potter and then continue the climb along the beautiful coastline to reach John O’Groats, Great Britain’s Northeastern tip. From there, you can make your way back down the delights of the East coast exploring beautiful landmarks and viewpoints as you drive.
2. Land of the Lakes, Lake District
A road that reaches great heights, weaves through remote spots and has a breathtaking view around each corner, The Coniston Loop, via Eskdale and the Duddon Valley is an unforgettable road trip. Hire a motorhome or campervan and embark on a 42-mile long drive, where you will pass through waterfalls, historic attractions, picturesque villages and awe-inspiring lake landscapes. Climb the Old Man of Coniston mountain, take in the views of Hardknott Roman Fort and marvel at Stanley Ghyll Waterfall to to name just a few of the delights found on this route. Be sure to take regular breaks to get out on the lakes and enjoy the array of watersports available to you.
3. Snake Pass, Peak District
A mountain pass, at an impressive elevation of 512 above sea level, Snake Pass is a 26-mile route with beautiful panoramic views of the Peak District. As the name suggests, the road slithers through the Pennines, between the small town of Glossop to Ladybower Reservoir’s Y-shaped valley. Often named as one of the most scenic routes in the UK, just the drive alone will offer exceptional views inviting you to pull over and capture at any given moment. On a clear day, you will even be able to see all the way to Manchester!
4. The Atlantic Highway
A 70-mile route that runs from the small town of Barnstaple in North Devon, down to the popular seaside town of Newquay, the Atlantic Highway is a beautiful coastal route to enjoy slowly. Hire a campervan in Barnstaple, then head out on an adventure to savour the many beautiful beaches, including Crackington Haven in Bude, Bossiney Haven in Tintagel and Widemouth Bay. You can even stop in Padstow to soak up a charming working fishing port surrounded by glorious sandy beaches. The sea isn’t the only element to enjoy either. Visit St Nectan’s Glen Waterfall, Tintagel Castle and Port Quin to vary the landscapes.
5. The North Wales Way
The best road trip for castles and culture, The North Wales way is a 75 mile route along the Northern Coast into Anglesey. Enjoy the North Coast before heading West to the Clwydian Hills. From here, you can embark on one of Snowdonia’s many walking trails offering breathtaking, mountainous views. As you continue you will be met with small, historic towns including Turin, with a stunning restored castle waiting to be explored. Be sure to pause at Aber Falls to soak up multiple waterfalls and a beautiful walk through the Welsh countryside. Continuing the journey, take a to detour to Caernarfon Castle to appreciate even more historic beauty. Then it’s time to make your way across Menai Bridge and enjoy the delights of the Isle of Anglesey. Truly a trip that offers it all!
Feeling excited by what the UK has to offer? Then hire a campervan or a motorhome and head out on your UK road trip today.