Our Top 6 Scenic Roads To Drive In The UK

Posted on 23 July 2018 by CarTakeBack

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During the holidays many families find it can be a struggle to think of something different and new to keep the kids entertained. We've put together some road trips that showcase the UK's beautiful landscape and get you to visit places you might not have thought about going to before. Pack up the car and head off on an adventure in the UK!

Here's our top six scenic roads to drive in the UK...

A9 road sign

A9 - Scotland

Stirling to Inverness

This drive on the A9 takes in some stunning scenery as you travel the almost 3 hour journey between Stirling and Inverness. At 273 miles, the A9 is the longest road in Scotland. The road even gets a mention in one of our favourite James Bond films, Skyfall, if it's good enough for 007 it's good enough for us! There's some fantastic places to stop during the journey too, you'll travel past Perth, Aviemore and through the Cairngorms National Park make sure you choose a perfect picnic spot on the way.

Scenic Drive - A9 Stirling to Inverness

A57 Road Sign

A57 - The Snake Pass - England

Sheffield to Manchester

This winding road opened in 1821 and takes you over the Pennines connecting the cities of Sheffield and Manchester. This road takes you through the Peak District with beautiful views of the National Trust's High Peak Estate. With picturesque locations on the way, plus the Snake Pass Inn to stop at for a pub lunch. We think it's a great road trip to take to have a city break with so much to do in either Manchester or Sheffield when you get there.

Scenic Drive - A57 Sheffield to Manchester

Llanberis Pass Road Sign

Llanberis Pass - Wales

Porthmadog to Caernarfon

The Llanberis Pass takes you between the mountains of Snowdon and the Glyderau. You'll drive on a winding route through Snowdonia, past Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn lakes and ending up at the royal town of Caernarfon, where you can explore the castle and take in the waterside views. The road also reaches great heights, the summit of the pass is 359 metres above sea level! It's a popular location for rock climbers, so if you fancy a climb on the crags, this could be the road trip for you.

 Scenic Drive - Llanberis Pass Porthmadog to Caernarfon

B4632 Road Sign

B4632 - England

Cheltenham to Stratford

If you take this road trip, you'll drive through quaint country towns and villages which connect the Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon. There's some great stop off points for afternoon teas and wonderful walks. Plus, you could take in a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company or even visit Shakespeare's house!

Scenic Drive - B4632 Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon

Cheddar Gorge Road Sign

Cheddar Gorge - England

Cheddar to Ashwick

Right in the middle of the West Country, Cheddar Gorge has a twisting and turning road showcasing the mesmerising limestone cliffs. Cheddar Gorge is the second greatest natural wonder in Britain. The gorge is home of the Cheddar caves, where Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, was found in 1903, estimated to be 9,000 years old! There's many places to stop off to take a family selfie and explore the caves and cliff top walks. Plus it's home to the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, perfect for a lunch break!

Scenic Drive - Cheddar Gorge Cheddar to Ashwick

Causeway Costal Route Road Sign


Causeway Costal Route - Northern Ireland

Portrush to Ballycastle

This beautiful drive along County Antrim's coastline gives you stunning views of the white sandy beaches, plus you'll be able to visit some of Northern Ireland's most popular attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Giant’s Causeway and the ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle. Don't forget a towel so you can stop off for a paddle in the sea!

Scenic Drive - Causeway Coastal Route


These all look amazing, we can't decide which to drive first. If you fancy exploring one of these awesome roads with the family, check out our top tips to make your road trip easier when travelling with kids >