In the UK, we’re lucky to have an abundance of beautiful scenery right on our doorstep. Thanks to organizations like the National Trust, we’ll never be short of ideas when we’re planning our next trip.
With so much to see and do, you might be tempted to try and cram everything on your wish list into one go. In this guide, we’ve picked out some of our favorites to help you to discover the best picks of the bunch on your next UK road trip.
1. Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Take a step back in time at Fountains Abbey. Established almost a thousand years ago, this Yorkshire gem is one of the most well-preserved ruined monasteries in England.
It’s not just the ruins leaving us in awe, as reflected in thousands of genuine reviews on TripAdvisor from visitors describing their experience as “excellent,” the highest possible rating. Fountains Abbey boasts an exceptional deer park, landscaped gardens, and opportunities for beautiful walks suitable for all abilities.
2. Highgrove Gardens, Gloucestershire
Highgrove House, the private residence of HRH the Prince of Wales, is renowned for its glorious gardens. With parts of the estate open to the public, you can book a guided tour to be immersed in a bounty of fragrant scents and striking colors.
The gardens at Highgrove look at their best in full bloom, so we recommend visiting from late spring through to summer. Why not treat yourself to a cup of tea and a slice of cake after a relaxing stroll?
3. Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands
Ready to meet the Loch Ness Monster? With an exciting depth of local history, the area surrounding Inverness and Loch Ness is an essential stop for any UK tour passing through Scotland.
Legend has it that a giant, long-necked creature known as Nessie lurks in the depths of the Loch. However, at 23 miles long and with incredible views off its shores, this fabled lake also makes for a fantastic family day out. See if you can spot Urquhart Castle, take a romantic stroll, or book a boat trip to make the most of your time at Loch Ness.
4. Snowdonia National Park
One for the more adventurous, the glistening mountain peaks of Snowdonia make it perfect for an active holiday. Whether you’re a camping enthusiast, an experienced hiker, or a seasoned mountain biker, there’s something for everyone in this haven of lofty terrain.
With the vibrant city of Cardiff only a few hours from Snowdonia National Park, there’s so much to explore in lovely Wales.
Wherever you choose to set off on your next road trip, with the right inspiration and preparation, you’ll be ready for an adventure of a lifetime.