There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road with the windows down and the wind blowing in your hair… and we’re very lucky here in the UK to have so many incredible driving routes at our disposal, so many in fact that it can be incredibly difficult to decide which to travel first.
However, the good folk over at National Geographic have done much of the hard work for us in this regard, surveying 2,000 motorists and coming up with a definitive list of the best driving routes around the country to mark the return of its Car SOS TV series.
According to TimeOut, the very best route you can traverse in the UK is the North Coast 500 in Scotland. This wends its way across 500 miles of beautiful countryside from Inverness to John O’Groats, the UK’s northernmost point. If you’re after a scenic drive, this is a great shout since you’ll see lochs, mountains and coastal views… the whole shebang!
The North Coast 500 was closely followed in the rundown by Cheddar Gorge through the Mendip Hills, the perfect choice for anyone keen to explore what Somerset has to offer. This is the biggest gorge in the UK, nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s an exciting drive, with huge cliff faces rising up over you on both sides of the road.
And in third place is Snake Pass in the Peak District National Park, home to some incredible views and exceptional scenery - especially at the very beginning as you make your way down into Glossop. If the weather is clear, you should be able to see all the way to Manchester and beyond!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the list if these three don’t quite float your boat (or drive your car!). And, as ever, if you find yourself in need of a scrap car buyer at any point, get in touch with us to see how we can help!