The UK’s Most Breath-taking Countryside Routes Mapped Out

Get behind the wheel of your car and discover many of the UK’s most awe-inspiring sights. Follow these standout countryside driving routes, mapped out by luxurious Audi dealership Vindis:

The UK’s Most Breath-taking Countryside Routes Mapped Out

Causeway Coastal Route

Where?

Northern coast of Northern Ireland

Start at…

Londonderry

Finish at…

Belfast

Total distance?

130 miles

What will I discover?

  • Northern Ireland’s famous and magnificent coastal scenery
  • No less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Glens of Antrim, the Causeway Coast and the cliffs of Binevenagh
  • A series of tiny and peaceful villages

Gateway to the Highlands

Where?

The Scottish Highlands

Start at…

Glasgow

Finish at…

Fort William

Total distance?

108 miles

What will I discover?

  • Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe and Loch Lomond
  • The Trossachs National Park
  • The Black Mountains
  • Rannoch Moor
  • Glen Coe and its surrounding volcanic mountain scenery
  • The Three Sisters
  • Ben Nevis

The Atlantic Highway

Where?

North Cornwall coast

Start at…

Barnstaple

Finish at…

Newquay

Total distance?

76.2 miles

What will I discover?

  • Some of the UK’s most breath-taking coastlines
  • Constantine Bay
  • Bedruthan Steps
  • The picture-perfect lighthouse located at Trevose Head

Views of the Lake District

Where?

Lake District

Start at…

Kendal

Finish at…

Keswick

Total distance?

38.6 miles

What will I discover?

  • The Lakeland fells
  • Lake Thirlmere and Lake Windermere
  • Countryside which helped inspire both William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • The village of Grasmere, home to two of Wordsworth’s former houses

Winding Roads of the Cotswolds

Where?

The Cotswolds

Start at…

Cheltenham

Finish at…

Stratford-upon-Avon

Total distance?

32.7 miles

What will I discover?

  • Stratford-upon-Avon; birthplace of William Shakespeare
  • The tranquil green hills of Cotswolds
  • Views of meadows filled with wildflowers, sheep pastures and woodland for as far as the eye can see
  • A collection of traditional English villages
  • The historic town of Chipping Campden

Slate Country Under Snowdon

Where?

Snowdon National Park, in Wales

Start at…

Blaenau Ffestiniog

Finish at…

Llanberis

Total distance?

27.5 miles

What will I discover?

  • A landscape of slate slag
  • Llechwedd Slate Caverns
  • Swallow Falls
  • The towering Pen-y-Pass — otherwise known as Llanberis Pass
  • Mount Snowdon

Castle to Castle

Where?

Northumberland

Start at…

Alnwick

Finish at…

Lindisfarne

Total distance?

26.4 miles

What will I discover?

  • Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle
  • Lindisfarne Nature Reserve
  • A collection of fishing villages, picturesque market towns, rolling hills, rugged moorland and sandy beaches
  • Lindisfarne Priory

Drive into Cheddar Gorge

Where?

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Start at…

Bridgwater

Finish at…

Cheddar Gorge

Total distance?

19.2 miles

What will I discover?

  • Cheddar Gorge; the deepest gorge in the UK
  • 27 magnificent limescale cliffs
  • The tourist village of Cheddar

Journey Under the Ribblehead Viaduct

Where?

Yorkshire Dales

Start at…

Hornby

Finish at…

Ribblehead Viaduct

Total distance?

15.5 miles

What will I discover?

  • Views of the Yorkshire Dales for miles and miles
  • The 400-metre-high Ribblehead Viaduct; a listed Scheduled Ancient Monument that was constructed in 1870 and has featured on the big screen with a cameo appearance during the Harry Potter film series

Buttertubs Pass

Where?

Yorkshire Dales

Start at…

Cloggerby Rigg, Richmond

Finish at…

Penn Lane, Hawes

Total distance?

6.9 miles

What will I discover?

  • Cliff Gate Road; a route which starts with a steep climb before opening up to a series of fast descents and tight corners
  • The deep limestone potholes or Buttertubs

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