The UK is home to some of the most amazing in scenic driving routes the world over, boasting stunning loch-bound passes (Scotland) and some awe-inspiring seaside drives along the Northern Irish coastline. Whatever your flavour — there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
We’ve put together the ultimate list of the best in rural UK drives with the help of Trade Centre UK and Trade Centre Wales, who offer cars for sale in south wales.
The Black Mountain Road: A4069, Powys, Wales
Five miles of open road stretch through the plains of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which was formed in 1957 and is really quite majestic to say the least.
Visiting the park affords you the pleasure of enjoying scenic countryside that has a display of some of the best red sandstone rock formations in the UK. Legend has it that the manner in which the light hits the Black Mountain range at twilight is a sight to behold. A visit to the Mynydd Iltud Common is also recommended, near the Libanus village. You’ll be able to catch a good sight of the main four main hill ranges making up the park, which are dominated by the Peny Fan (the highest point in the park, standing at 886m).
Check out one of four winding rivers in the park while driving; the Ellte, Nedd-Fechan, Pyrddin, and Hepste. If wildlife tickles your fancy a bit more, you can perhaps be lucky enough to spot the red kites which are often seen soaring across the park’s skies.
A82 Towards Glencoe: Scotland
A mere two hours’ drive from the Glasgow city centre awaits some picturesque landscapes encompassing the highlands of Scotland, a hidden gem in the UK’s landscape. Enjoy the mountainous passes awaiting drivers who drive along the road, with Glencoe making for an area of unspoiled beauty.
The road passes through the munros and hills of the Scottish Wilderness, undulating under skies of reds and deep purples during the colder months. Visit Glencoe Lochan to catch sight of the lush foresty and still waters, or you can even visit Coire Ballaig (The Lost Valley) for a proper Scottish hike, where the MacDonald clan used to conceal cattle from the rampages of the Englishmen.
The Humber Bridge: North Lincolnshire, England
The Humber Bridge’s towering presence near Kingston Upon Hull is a symbol of modern engineering, opened in 1981 for use and coming in as the longest in the world (2,200 metres). It’ now the eighth longest bridge in the world.
You’ll enjoy taking in the vastness of the Humbler (an estuary formed by the rivers Ouse and Trend) if you take a drive across the bridge — a truly scenic depiction of the beauty of Yorkshire. The bridge connects North Lincolnshire to the East Riding of Yorkshire and has been carrying 120,000 vehicles per week since 2006! If this sounds like your cup of tea and perhaps a car is in order, the Trade Centre UK perhaps has a car to really enjoy your journey in.