The UK's Best Scenic Routes

When was the last time you took the scenic route or drove for pleasure? Get out for an autumn drive as we take a look at the UK's hidden driving gems!

Nov 10, 2016

When was the last time that you drove for pleasure? The UK is home to some of the best scenic routes with many worthwhile stop off points in between. Autumn is the perfect time to explore some breathtaking views that the UK has to offer. We review some of the ones worth checking out whether you are planning a road trip, a getaway or a leisurely drive.




If the name isn’t already enough to tempt you then the views and reservoirs along the stretch certainly will. The A57 runs through the Peak District via the Pennines, located between Manchester and Sheffield. Make sure to be extra careful in poor weather conditions as the winding roads and elevation changes can become hazardous!



The A686 was once named the best road to drive on in the UK, which sees a growth in popularity over the summer season. Just underneath the Northumberland National Park, the A686 runs through many small villages.The long winding roads of the Northumberland Coast provide a welcome break from the tedious everyday drive. Turns hold surprises such as castles, beaches and market towns, the coastline also has a lot to offer whilst you enjoy the route.



Fancy a coastal drive? The B3306 stretching from St. Ives to St. Just provides an unpredictable drive with tight twists and bends. With the picturesque Cornish sea views, it makes a perfect drive for a getaway with the family.



Driving through Dartmoor’s narrow lanes and tight bends are perfect for a thrill-seeker but perhaps not for the faint-hearted. With pubs, tea rooms, villages and ruins to explore, as well as great camping sites, why not make the most of the area?



The EVO triangle links the A5, A543 and B4501 to create a triangle. Named after EVO magazine who use the roads to test drive cars for their features. With sweeping bends, excellent roads and amazing scenery. The triangle is one of the UK’s best roads to drive for pleasure.



Scotland is renowned for its scenery, but this route enables you to take it all in. As you drive higher into the Isle of Skye you’ll even encounter snow covered mountains. A perfect drive through the swooping open route into the highlands!



The Lake District is home to some of the UK’s most spectacular countryside. The winding roads through the A591 provide 30 miles of picturesque views of Lakeland fells and the banks of Windermere and Thirlmere. There are four different phases of bends, acceleration, cruising and braking which scientifically, according to Dr.Hadley of Warwick University makes the A591 the best road to drive in the UK.



Located in the west side of the Breacon Beacons National Park, the A4069 is scattered with sudden hairpins and not to mention sheep! Dips and hills counter for a memorable drive through the Welsh countryside, perfect for a summer’s day!



The coast of Northern Ireland comprises of nine glens and the drive spans across cliffs whilst you take in the miles of coastal scenery. Quite simply one of the best scenic drives not only in the UK, but in the world.



Winding through the Yorkshire Dales, the B6225 is a stunning country drive and also home to the Ribblehead Viaduct, best known for its cameo in Harry Potter!  



An historic pass through the Scottish highlands, the cattle pass at it is often referred to is described as one of the most dramatic drives. With spectacular mountain views of the whole of Skye, the conditions in winter can be rough so ensure that you check ahead and take plenty of blankets and supplies in very cold weather!


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