5 of the Most Breathtaking Scenic Drives in the UK
Black Mountain Pass (Brecon Beacons, Wales)
Why go: The Black Mountain Pass (A4069) is a challenging 22-mile stretch of road. It is known for its sudden hairpins and roaming sheep that tend to stray on the road. This scenic route offers breathtaking nature scenery and great views as it traverses through the Black Mountain range of the Brecon Beacons.
Causeway Coastal Route (Northern Ireland)
Why go: The 120-mile Causeway Coastal Route is steeped with enchanting natural scenery. It also rich in culture and legend making the scenic drive even more fascinating. Some of the best sights you will find across the route include charming fishing villages, lush valleys, sandy beaches, and the famous Dark Hedges.
Cheddar Gorge (Somerset, England)
Why go: The biggest gorge in Britain boasts of dramatic cliffs and stunning scenery. Drive across a roughly 15-mile stretch of road and see the natural beauty of Cheddar Gorge unfold around you.
North Coast 500 (Scotland)
Why go: Driving in Scotland’s most scenic route takes you to a 516-mile stretch of road that offers a glimpse of spectacular scenery. From ancient ruins to picturesque fishing hamlets and so much more in between, the North Coast 500 is one long drive you would not regret doing.
Yorkshire Dales (England)
Why go: There are varied routes along A- and B- roads you can take to enjoy a scenic drive through the dales. This drive offers stunning views picturesque villages, beautiful fields, and the mesmerizing beauty of nature. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, the Yorkshire Dales is also home to one of the settings for the first part of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films. You can also find the Ribblehead Viaduct where the Hogwarts train crossed as featured in the movie.