With 2020 dubbed the year of the staycation, there’s no time to lose in planning your great British holiday. But why choose just one destination? Squeeze in more sights and transform your staycation into a multi-stop road trip instead! Here’s some itinerary inspiration to get you started from TomTom.
Drive the Atlantic Highway
Dense forests, picturesque villages, rugged coastlines and endless expanses of patchwork quilt countryside – the impressive views along this route, which journeys through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, will have you pausing in awe (and to Instagram) every hundred metres.
Surfers should carve out time to spend catching waves in Newquay. Prefer to stay on dry land? Seek out a spot for a classic cream tea instead.
Don’t forget your walking boots for a hike through Exmoor National Park – you can even join a ranger for a pony ride. The road trip route ends at the westernmost point in Cornwall: Land’s End. Drink in the view and the fierce sea breeze.
Explore the wilds of Wales and the best of the North West
If your ideal holiday is a mix of city sights and majestic mountains then this is the road trip route for you. Start in Liverpool for a dose of art, architecture and charm. The Royal Albert Dock is where it’s at: home to the best of the city’s museums, galleries, restaurants and bars. Don’t miss hidden gem, The Nest, which celebrates and sells work by local artists and designers.
Next, set off down to Wales for a spectacular hike up Cadair Idris Mountain. Set at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park, there are a variety of paths you can take, with differing levels of difficulty.
For more magnificent scenery, hop back in your car and take the Abergwesyn Pass. Crossing the Cambrian Mountains, this old cattle drover’s track includes a part of the road called the Devil’s Staircase – named so because of its hellishly steep ascent. Brace yourself and rest assured that your next passage, the Black Mountain Pass, is gentler but just as beautiful.
Set in the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, it would be criminal not to schedule a stop-off for a hike or spot of canoeing here. As you drive, keep your eyes peeled for flocks of roaming sheep.
Back across the border to England and a jaunt through the Shropshire Hills, an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ludlow Castle is a must-do, as is the village itself thanks to its foodie reputation.
Returning north, our final stop is legendary Manchester. The Northern Quarter is your go-to for vintage shopping and the best brunches and cocktails the city has to offer. Die-hard football fan or not, the National Football Museum doesn’t disappoint either.
Discover Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
For stunning seafood, secluded beaches and sweet shops, driving through Dorset is the staycation choice for you. Starting with a scenic trip through the New Forest, take your pick of picturesque villages to stop off at for a cuppa and slice of cake. Have your camera ready to snap the wild ponies roaming throughout the New Forest area.
As you approach the coast, it’s time for your first serving of seafood. For the best of the best, head to Rick Stein’s. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with some classic cod and chips on Sandbanks Beach. Once your lunch has gone down, take a dip in the sea before hopping on the ferry over to Studland Nature Reserve.
Corfe Castle isn’t to be missed and then it’s down to Weymouth for a stroll along the harbour and one of the best beaches on the south coast. Reserve enough time to savour Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch and epic beauty spot, and the oasis of Lulworth Cove. Make your final stop Doll’s House sweet shop for some local fudge to fuel you on the drive back home.
Go on an adventure in the Scottish Highlands
Always wanted to explore the splendour of bonnie Scotland? Dreamt of doing your best Braveheart impression in the middle of the Scottish Highlands? Now’s your chance. This route starts in charming Edinburgh. Spend a day or two there first, wandering the cobbled streets, taking in the views of the castle and walking up to Arthur’s Seat.
Then we’re on the road to the Highlands. First stop: Loch Lomond. This freshwater loch, in the middle of Trossachs National Park, is the biggest lake or loch in the whole of Britain. Take it all in on your watercraft of choice: boat, kayak, canoe, jet ski or cruiser. You can even go wind surfing if the weather’s on your side.
Next, as you head up to Inverness, make a stop at Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness and see if you spot Nessie. A road trip in Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a whisky 101. Glenfiddich Distillery is your stop for a tour and tasting. Last but not least, our route concludes at the National Wallace Monument for you to live out your “FREEDOM!” fantasy.
For more road trip routes and inspiration across the UK and beyond, use the TomTom RoadTrips Route Planner.
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The opening of some attractions and sights has been affected by COVID-19 measures. Make sure to check the current status before departing and, where possible, book tickets to attractions before visiting.