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The UK’s Top Five Road Trips

Whitby Harbour via Steve p2008 on Flickr

When someone suggests a road trip, many destinations will pop into your head.  Undoubtedly the USA will come up, maybe the stylish South of France or the Italian charms of the Amalfi Coast – well, it might surprise you but the UK has some great options too. With cheap car rental sites it’s easy to find a suitable car for any journey, here is a run down of some of the very best road trips in the United Kingdom.

London to Brighton

Although you might not agree that a two hour journey constitutes a road trip, the London to Brighton trip takes you through some of the UK’s best sites. From the bustling streets of the nation’s capital, through the rolling hills of the undulating South Downs, to the trendy streets of the iconic beachside town – you get a taste of it all. You can always begin the day with a spot of sight-seeing in London and then be down in Brighton in time for lunch, a mooch around the trendy boutiques in The Lanes and finish it all off with a cool beer in the sun and, if you’re brave, a paddle in the sea. Lovely.

The Cotswolds via HerryLawford on Flickr

The Cotswalds

This area, just off of Junction 17 of the M4 is arguably the most beautiful part of the country and is home to some of our most-loved celebs. Everyone from Kate Winslet and Liz Hurley to Lily Allen and Kate Moss call this charming, old-fashioned destination home. The quaint villages are all home to splendid countryside walks, cosy English pubs and B&B’s and some wonderful restaurants. The winding roads which transport you from village to village are surrounded by beautiful countryside making it a road trip to remember.

The Yorkshire Moors

The bleak, breath-taking scenery of the Yorkshire Moors has been known to inspire a number of English poets, painters and writers and you never know, maybe you’ll be next! You can stop for a night in Leeds, head to the historical city of York and then cross the Moors for some fresh fish in Whitby and then on to Helmsley and Thirsk.

The Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highland via Kristel Jeuring on Flickr

Here’s one for the whisky lovers. A 400-mile stretch of road which guides you through the beauty of the Highlands to the gates of Scotland’s most popular whisky distilleries. Stop off and have a dram at Blair Athol just south of Pitlochry and then cross the Grampian Mountains to Dalwhinnie Distillery. Be sure to swing by the Glenfiddich Distillery close to Dufftown and of course pay a visit to the Glenlivet Distillery to round off your trip.

Norfolk Coast

If you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, then head to Norfolk’s sedate and picturesque coastline. The area is known for its expansive nature reserves and rugged coastline meaning there is much opportunity for brisk walks in the fresh country air. This wonderful part of the UK is truly a fantastic opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy some down time in the surrounds of the English countryside.