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The best staycation locations for your next long distance trip

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Humans are naturally curious beings. All too often do we ponder whether the grass is in fact greener on the other side. When we’re surrounded by the same four walls day in, day out, it’s only normal for us to want to escape.  Thankfully, you don’t need to jump on a plane to get some relaxation in the UK – you just need a reliable set of wheels and a list of places to go.

Staycations are incredibly popular in the UK and for good reason; there’s a wealth of beautiful landscapes to explore, and while the weather may not be as reliable as sunny Spain, there is still plenty to discover and enjoy.

So, what are the best staycation locations in the UK, and where can you find the UK’s best scenic drives? Below, we list some of the best UK road trips, as well as how they just happen to be near our favourite fun places to drive to.

The best UK road trips

We know, you’d much rather be on a sunny beach or escaping to some alpine getaway but trust us: road trips can be a fantastic way to blow off steam.

See some of the best driving roads in the UK below.

North Coast, Scotland

If you look at any list of the UK’s best scenic drives, the North Coast of Scotland will be up there. It’s a highlight reel of the best parts of rural Scotland: the peaks of the Highlands, eye-catching beaches, castles and some of the country’s biggest landmarks.

Using the NC500 road trip map, start at Inverness Castle, then drive through a network of towns, villages and winding roads 516 miles north to Loch Maree.

Yes, you read that correctly – this road trip is officially 516 miles, so be sure to book accommodation and plan ahead to enjoy it to the full. When it comes to choosing a place to stay, we recommend The Torridon. A self-described place like no other, a night in The Torridon is just the ticket after this long journey with bike trails, green fields and aquatic activities a plenty.

From Belfast to Derry, Northern Ireland

Want to combine an Irish getaway with an unforgettable road trip? Belfast to Derry is just shy of 125 miles, but this short and sweet trip through the heart of Northern Ireland is full of picturesque views, interesting stop-offs and plenty of opportunities for non-drivers to sip on some Guinness.

Moving along the Irish coast, the trip begins in Belfast and ends in Derry. The trip goes through many small towns, villages and parishes, so you’ll not only get some nice views but a real sense of what Northern Ireland is like.

Start your journey north of Belfast, then make your way to Gobbins Cliff Path, then Antrim, followed by the famous Giant’s Causeway. Of course, you can take your own path too, as there is plenty to explore on your way to Derry.

When you get to Derry, there’s plenty of activities waiting for you. We particularly like the sound of the Halfway Karting track in Donegal. It’ll take you a few minutes to get there from Derry, but once you’re there, be prepared for out-and-out racing action among your friends and family on the top-class indoor circuit.

Through the Peak District

The Peak District is one of those areas where you can drive without a plan and end up somewhere stunning. However, if you need directions, we recommend beginning your road trip at Glossop and making your way through the Pennines, so you can get a real highlight reel of the Peak District. If you enjoy hiking, the outdoors and spectacular views, there are lots of places to stop for some R&R in the Peak District.

If you can’t decide where to drop off your bags, one of the highest rated retreats in the district is the Peak Edge Hotel. With thousands of ratings from happy customers, you’ll be sure to get a well-deserved rest after your exploring is done.

The A470, Wales

Driving from south Wales to north Wales takes a while, which is an issue if you need to get there quickly. The A470 is a winding road that goes through various peaks, woods, and Welsh countryside, which is not ideal for some drivers. However, this makes it perfect for a slow, easy-going road trip!

The A470 begins in Cardiff and ends in Glan Conwy. Along its 186-mile road trip, you’ll see some of the best parts of Welsh countryside: two Welsh National Parks, various castles, thick woods and some of the greatest peaks of north Wales.

Plus, it’s an easy road trip to follow! Just stay on the A470 and let your car do the rest. Just make sure you hop out at Snowdonia for some breath-taking views of the highest mountain in Wales. For city folk, it truly is something to behold.

Devon to Cornwall

Want to visit all of Cornwall, but not sure what to start? Much like the A470 in Wales, the A39 provides the ideal highlight reel to see the stunning coastline of Cornwall. So, if you’re hungry for a coastal road trip in the UK, this is the one for you.

By starting your journey in Devon, you can enjoy a meandering journey through the branching coastline of Cornwall, ending your road trip in Newquay.

So, if you want both a popular staycation destination and a stunning road trip, we recommend taking the A39 through Cornwall, enjoying the sights, and settling down to build some sandcastles in Newquay.

Portmeirion Village, North Wales

The last thing you’d expect to see in the UK, Portmeirion is a small Italian village built right in the middle of North Wales. Spa, hotel, wedding venue, Portmeirion is the ultimate destination for chilling out.

There are many routes leading to Portmeirion, all of them take you through picturesque villages in the Welsh countryside. There’s not much for the kids here, so perhaps you could save this trip as a romantic getaway in the future.

A1 London to Edinburgh

If you’re looking for something on the longer-side of the scale, this next trip is right up your street. The A1 stretch of road networks between London and Edinburgh are the longest in the country, spanning almost 400 miles between the two locations.

This road trip will test your driving abilities in a multitude of conditions, from straightforward dual carriageway driving to navigating tricky country routes.

It’s not all just travel, though. Though the trip can technically be done in a day with a 7-hour 44-minute estimated length, along the way you’ll have your pick among some of the nicest hotels of the nation. You’ll start your journey in London, at which point there are high-quality chain hotels to satisfy your slumber. However, when you get to Scotland, your options really start to expand. Are you looking for luxury? Spend a night in The Balmoral; a sophisticated, Michelin-starred restaurant with traditional features and bags of grandeur.

Why a reliable car is important

We’ve covered how to prepare for a staycation or road trip in our blog post From staycations to road trips: How to get your car back on the road safely. However, the most important preparation is having a set of wheels that you can rely on. If you’re staring at your car and doubting if can take you on all the road trips you’re now planning, then consider upgrading it today.

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