The British summer weather may be dire, but don’t let that put you off taking a trip to see the best bits of our green and pleasant land. The UK has some terrific places to see, not to mention spectacular scenery, glorious countryside and dramatic coastlines. The best way to see it all is in the comfort of a nice car, so why not rent a classic to make your tour an extra special occasion? Maybe this year’s summer holiday should be a road trip of the British Isles, after all.
The Norfolk coast is an ideal starting place for any road trip. Begin in Kings Lynn then drive north-east to Hunstanton and enjoy the sun in the only east coast resort to face west. Take a 150km tour around the coast to Brancaster, Burnham, Holkham Bay, Blakeney, Holt and Sheringham.
There are few drives in Europe that compare with the up and down tour a drive from Glasgow to Inverness offers. Beginning in the buzzing cosmopolitan city on the Clyde and taking in the Cairngorms National Park, the 275km trip to Inverness then opens up the rest of the Scottish Highlands to peruse at your leisure.
Stay in Scotland for a ferry trip across to the Isle of Lewis and take a road trip of the Outer Hebrides, with its breathtakingly beautiful landscape. You won’t need a map for this drive. There is only one road to travel.
No road trip of the UK would be complete without a London to Brighton drive. Within two hours of leaving London, you will be taking in the beautiful Sussex coast and the trendy seaside town of Brighton.
The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and taking a stop off there on a road trip is a must. Spend an afternoon celebrity-spotting, as the likes of Kate Moss reside in this part of the world.
A drive through the Lake District is unmissable, with a trip between Kendal and Keswick steering you right through the middle of the National Park, taking in Lake Windermere en route.
Staying in the North of England, Neolithic and Bronze Age sites straddle the roadside as you drive through the Yorkshire Wolds. The low hills and broad meadows of Flamborough Head, the Northern Wolds, Southern Wolds, Western Wolds and Capital Wolds make for a marvellous drive.
Wales has some phenomenal driving routes to offer, but one of the most stunning is that between Conwy and Portmerion, through Snowdonia National Park. With unparalleled views and glorious scenery, this part of your trip will leave you wanting to see more of the Land of Song.
No driver worth their salt would want to miss out on a drive along the Atlantic Highway between Lynmouth and Newquay. With picture postcard scenery and the rolling ocean right in your sight-line, there are distractions aplenty along the A39 Barnstaple and A30 Fraddon route.
Though not part of the UK, true driving fans will, of course, want to take in the Isle of Man on their road trip. A circuit of the island is a memory just waiting to be made. Don’t forget to avoid the TT race day, though, or you may find yourself caught up in more than just holiday traffic.