If you fancy hitting the road this summer, a driving holiday is a great way to see all the beautiful blind spots Britain has to offer. Here are blu HQ’s favourite road trips to get you started. Got your fluffy dice? Magic Tree? Good stuff, let’s go.
Gun for Glencoe
From Glasgow, take the A82 to Loch Lomond (closer than you think). If the sun’s out, you can kick-back with Weegies on the sandy beaches that hug the water. Loafing done, follow the road around the loch for Crianlarich, and after some tea and scones, gun for Glencoe. The road climbs to the ghostly Rannoch Moor then drops down between Glencoe and impossibly high mountains on either side of you. Some days the road will be people free, with only sheep to eyeball you from the hillside.
Squeaky-bum time in Wales
Drive the A4086 in Wales and you’ll journey through a magical, primordial landscape. Set off from Capel Curig towards Caernarfron and you’ll pass right by Snowdon – Wales’s biggest mountain. Inch past the climber traffic and take a breather by the lakes of Llynnan Mymbyr. Don’t stop though, keep going for the Llanberis Pass – a twisty, turny road with G-force climbs and buttock-clenching drops. Enjoy the snaky downward stretch to Llandberis and stop off for a selfie at Llyn Padarn Lake.
On the toes in England
If you can drag yourself off St Ives’ beach, take the B3306 for St Just. The road just goes up and up. Finally, it levels out and you’re treated to tight hairpins, Volvo-ad S bends, chubby climbs and short straights great for putting the foot down. Stop off at the village of Zennor for fuel and views of Cornwall’s craggy coastline. Then it’s the last stretch to St Just – the UK’s big toe – and more sweeping bends, tight turns and beautiful coastline.
Drive through NI’s Westeros
Game of Thrones fans will geek out on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route. The road from Belfast to Derry is spattered with sets from the TV show. Like Downhill Beach, which became Dragonstone. Here, Stannis and Melisandre got up to dark arts. Take a detour inland to drive through the Dark Hedges, where creepy beech trees leer in at you over the road. The route also features NI’s very own fantasy film set, The Giant’s Causeway, where columns of rock are a Rubik’s Cube into our past.
Did we miss any? Tell us your favourite drive in the UK. And before you set off, stock up on blu e-cigs and make sure you’ve got a blu Car Adaptor to stay charged and ready.