Road trips awaken an innate sense of adventure inherent in all of us. The thrill of venturing into the unknown and experiencing little known local delights are some of the reasons why people sometimes spend days traversing across the lonely heartlands of Canada, the United States, Africa and Australia.
However, with a 246,500-mile road network crisscrossing across a multitude of landscapes, the British Isles can offer a similar, if not better, road trip experience to Vauxhall-riding adventurers.
So without further ado, check out our list of the top five road trip routes in the United Kingdom.
Better known as the Northern Ireland coastal route, this breath taking route has the potential to ensnare you for days amidst the ancient walkways of the Gobbins Cliff Path, the creepy Dark Hedges road seen on HBO's Game of Thrones, the picturesque Ballintoy Harbour, the 40,000 puzzle-like basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway, the Irish Whiskey of the Old Bushmills Distillery and numerous other Irish attractions. You've been warned.
The rural North Cumbrian route was named by the Automobile Association in 2015 as 'One of the Greatest Drives' in the country. The route takes you through a flat natural forest near Langwathby and a few lovely, rustic villages at Melmerby before concluding with a 1,904 feet climb up the Hartside Summit, where you can find a quiet cafè with a glorious view of the surrounding terrain.
The scenic 42.8-mile route connecting the western Scottish Highland towns of Fort William and Mallaig starts near the highest mountain peak in Britain, Ben Nevis. It then slowly threads through the imposing Glenfinnan Viaduct, the glistening beaches of Camusdarach, and the ancient hamlet of Portnaluchaig.
If you're in the mood for the Welsh countryside, quaint villages, flocks of sheep, and plenty of solitude, then the A44 seaside route will please you in all sorts of ways.
Located in Wester Ross, the legendary Bealach na Bá (which translates as Pass of the Cattle from old Gaelic) is an ancient mountain pass reminiscent of fictional mountain passes in popular high fantasy novels. Located near the roof of Scotland just a little over 200 miles northeast of Glasgow, a drive to Bealach na Bá will transport you to a time of knights and squires, and of princesses and wizards.