The UK is a beautifully scenic country and there are some drives that are world beaters that offer spectacular views that will take your breath away. Here are some of the best:
The Suffolk Wool Towns
When you think of scenery, people normally associate that with hills and valleys or spectacular views, but visiting historic towns can be just as stunning and beautiful. An idea for a scenic drive we can give you is a tour of the wool towns of Suffolk. This route takes in the historic wool towns of Lavenham, Long Melford, Cavendish, Clare and the nearby hamlets of Kersey and Chelsworth. These towns were amongst the richest towns in England in Medieval times. The buildings remained are are some of the best examples of listed half timbered buildings in the UK. The pub in Chelsworth has been pulling pints for 400 years. If you fancy a trip through English history then this might be the drive for you.
Glasgow to Fort William
The route from Glasgow along the A82 is one of the most scenic drives in the UK, taking in a lot of the best Scotland has to offer. If you head westward out of Glasgow you’ll soon come to Loch Lomond, famed for it’s beauty and the subject of many famous songs and poems. The route will take you on the modern road to the village of Tarbet, where the road turns to much more narrow and windy. This road continues round the west bank of Loch Lomond to the village of Ardlui. From here you pass the falls of Falloch on your way to Crianlarich. The road continues through beautiful highland scenery where you will pass through arguably the most stunning scenery in Scotland at Glencoe. From here there is a short bridge crossing over Loch Leven at Ballachulish Bridge, which takes you on your final approach Fort William with Loch Eil on your left hand side. When you approach Fort William you will see Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain. As spectacular drives go, there are few as scenic in the UK.
Snowdonia National Park is is full of dramatic roads through densely wooded valleys, sparkling lakes and winding round mountains. The drive from Blaenau Ffestinniog, through the Pen-y-Pass to Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon is truly spectacular. The slate slag around Blaenau Ffestiniog is otherworldly and hosts the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. From there the road passes through the hills towards the National Park tourism centre at Betwys-y-Coed where there are the nearby Swallow Falls. From there you will reach the mountain pass of Pen-y-Pass. You’ll see Snowden rising on one side and the former slate mines of Llanberis on the other. This awe-inspiring view is hard to beat anywhere in the UK.