Are you planning your big summer getaway? If you’ve got your heart set on a staycation, why not opt for a road trip across the UK? There are some beautiful spots, fun attractions, and breathtaking scenery that you can indulge in on home turf.
If you’re after some UK destination inspiration for the summer months, read on.
A note before you set off
Whether you’re driving your trusty family car, or you’ve invested in a campervan, it’s vital that you make sure it’s serviced and roadworthy before you go. You can run basic checks yourself or, for peace of mind, you might want to get it fully serviced.
Some of the key things to double check include the car’s tyres, lights, oil level and brakes. Even if you’re not planning on travelling too far from home, it’s important that you’re safe on the road.
Top driving destinations
We’ve rounded up what the four corners of the UK have to offer for visitors:
Scotland is an eclectic mix of rugged landscapes and cultural gems. The major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are a lively mix of historic sights and vibrant nights, while the Borders are filled with quaint towns and quirky shops.
But it’s the beaches here that are particularly awesome. There are sandy shores here to rival the Caribbean. While Scotland isn’t known to match the weather that the Caribbean encounters, these beaches are less crowded and particularly special.
Wales is home to some truly breathtaking scenery. There are mountain walks here and a captivating coastline. Head south to enjoy the buzz of Cardiff. The country’s capital is a cultural highlight. Staying in the region, you can enjoy the Pembrokeshire countryside and head to the seaside resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot.
In the north, you can stomp around castles, head to Anglesey, and spot animals at the Welsh Mountain Zoo.
In the north, there’s the Lake District. Here, you can take a tour of the Lakes or try some adventures on the water, including paddle boarding and sailing. There are also plenty of walks you can do once you’ve driven over to this corner of the country.
Alternatively, you might want to head south. Cornwall is a surfer’s paradise. The annual Boardmasters Festival in Newquay is one of the major draws for surf-lovers and an important date for the diary.
Alternatively, if you love a legend, you can follow the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. Cornwall is home to some of the mythical monarch’s most significant sites, from Tintagel Castle to the site of Arthur’s final battle at Slaughterbridge.
If you want to head to Northern Ireland, you can discover castles and whiskey distilleries, beaches and UNESCO sites. Carrickfergus Castle is particularly dramatic, while The Gobbins is a dramatic cliff path that features bridges, caves and coastal views.
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, The Dark Hedges is a must. This avenue of trees is an impressive addition to the itinerary.
Where will you go this summer?