I went on the BEST UK road trip through Wales, England AND Scotland with my sister, Casey, and Morgan. It was amazing and now I’m going to share my UK road trip itinerary and show you photographic evidence of how beautiful a UK road trip can be. I lived in Devon for nearly three years but this trip really amazed me and opened my eyes to how GREEN the UK is. Being from Ireland and New Zealand, green is very important to me. When people think of road trips they think of America or Canada Or Europe. But I’m going to try and convince you to consider a UK road trip! There’s no Photoshop going on here. I took these photos and I definitely don’t have a fancy camera, just my Samsung S7 and my TomTom Bandit Action Cam. So yes, it really does look like this, and these are just the few places I visited on THIS particular trip. So yeah, get your cars ready to go, I’ll come with you. I’m MAD for a good road trip.
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7 Day UK Road Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Start in Bristol, stock up the car with plenty of snacks then drive to Wales. Visit LLanthony Priory and climb Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons. Have ice cream. Drive to Derby. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CAKE AT THE CHERRY TREE FARM PUB! (Stay in Ibis Budget Hotel).
Day 2: Drive from Derby to Lumsdale Falls. Drive through the Peak district. Visit Peveril Castle. Have chips in Castleton Fish & Chips. (Stay at Greyhound Inn, Penrith).
Day 3: Drive through the Lake District. Visit Furness Abbey and Aira Force Waterfalls. Drive to Scottish Highlands. (Stay in Blackwater Hostel , Kinlochleven).
Day 4: Drive to Fort William for breakfast. Drive and hike to Steall Falls, Glen nevis, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Visit Commando Memorial monument on the way to the Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig. We were supposed to stay in Inverness, BUT our B&B hostess turned out to be a horrible human that had booked us in for a room for 2 instead of 3 and offered us NO help to find somewhere else to stay. Turns out nowhere in Inverness had any spaces so we ended up having to drive for another 1.5 hrs to Gerry’s Hostel, Achnashellach. Which was wonderful. (Stay in Gerry’s)
Day 5: Some SERIOUS hiking in the mountains surrounding the hostel. We basically got lost in the highlands. Then back to Gerry’s Hostel to chill by the fire. (Stay in Gerry’s)
Day 6: Drive to Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland. TAKE A MILLION PHOTOS. Drive to Glasgow. Spend the evening in Glasgow (Stay at Ibis Budget Glasgow)
Day 7: Drive back to Bristol. The end of the magical UK road trip. Sleep for days.
The Lake and Peak district are must visits on any UK road trip! Take a look!
This is possibly the most beautiful part of any UK road trip. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I’m obsessed with Scotland.
SO I hope that I’ve managed to convince you to add a UK road trip to your travel bucketlist. Feel free to use my UK road trip itinerary to plan your trip, but honestly, there’s so much to see that you could easily create your own and see a completely different side of the UK again! Here’s some alternatives that I recommend.
Devon and Cornwall
No UK road trip would be complete without a visit to Devon and Cornwall. I might not have visited on this occasion but I spent three years living in Devon and my boyfriend is from Cornwall so I’m familiar with it. In Devon make sure to visit Exeter, Torquay, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Totnes. Exeter is a really pretty, compact university town. Torquay is an old seaside town with beautiful hidden beaches and lots of places to get ice cream. Salcombe is a tiny little town, very popular with the affluent folk, and incredibly gorgeous. Dartmouth is another lovely seaside town that you can get a ferry to. It’s full of brightly painted houses and cute cafes. I once saw a mega yacht anchor in the harbour there. Totnes is a hippy town full of independet boutiques and organic/health shops. They have great markets. But that’s just a few suggestions. There’s plenty of other lovely spots worth visiting like Dartmoor with the wild ponies. When it comes to Cornwall I love the Eden project. Fowey is very pretty. I think Dawn French has a house down there. The streets are tiny and the houses all looks completely different with a slight nautical theme. Falmouth and Newquay are popular for surfing. Falmouth is a nicer spot in my opinion. During the summer Newquay gets a bit crowded with stag dos and hens’ parties. Which can be both fun and absolutely atrocious. Of course, Cornwall roads are notorious so make sure that you’re very comfortable with driving narrow country roads before attempting to visit Cornwall during your UK road trip.
I could write forever about the perfect UK road trip itinerary but hopefully that will give you some ideas.
Where are your favourite places to road trip in the UK?
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