There are so many holiday destinations around the UK that it’s easy to lose count but, owning a campervan or motorhome makes exploring them extremely simple and so much more appealing. Pack up and get the wheels rolling on your home away from home.
Now I haven’t been able to include every single destination, but what I have done is include 10 that really showcase the UK for its jaw-dropping, and usually overlooked, beauty. Hopefully, they will give you some idea inspiration for your own Great British staycation.
I think we all know Cornwall is a crowd-pleasing and trendy UK hotspot. Freshly caught seafood, spectacular views, and glorious beaches are made even more idyllic when exploring in your campervan or motorhome.
Take the M5 or A303 but just be aware the journey does lead to some narrow lanes so be mindful of this when setting off. You may need to take alternative routes and make a detour if your vehicle is too large, just allow yourself plenty of extra time so there isn’t any added pressure.
The Padstow touring park makes a great base camp; however, we’d advise trying to book or visit out of season as this is an extremely popular and much-loved place that gets pretty busy pretty quick.
Hidden within the county of Norfolk is a must-see attraction, no it’s not BikeMatters HQ (that’s top secret), but good guess. What it is though is 280 miles of pure, natural, and scenic coastal path.
Simply jump on the A11 or A47 and start your 70-mile journey in Kings Lynn and finish up in Norwich. There are so many sites along the way including the family favourite Norfolk broads, an array of quaint coastal villages, the spectacular city of Norwich, and plenty of campsites to set up shop for the night.
If you’re craving a face-full of fresh sea air this trip takes under 2 hours so it’s definitely something you could squeeze into a day or spread out across a whole weekend.
The Cotswolds, England
If it’s a picturesque escape you’re after, then this one is for you! The Cotswolds is huge and a must-visit destination in the UK. Full of cobbled streets, miles of luscious woods, and cosy inviting pubs, this route highlights everything it’s famous for.
By starting in Burford and ending in Cirencester, you’ll essentially be traveling in a small loop but we think this is the best way to do it as you won’t go back on yourself or miss any of the eye-catching attractions, such as Bourton-on-water and Stroud.
It’s just over 50 miles so we’d recommend spending around 5 days with a night in each fairy-tale-inspired village to really take in the quintessential landscapes.
The Lake District, England
This is a trip that offers something for everyone; explore a lesser traveled path or find remoteness by one of the 16 beautiful bodies of water. It’s pretty motorhome friendly but, just do your research as not all mountain passes will be suitable for a vehicle of this size, if you have the option take a smaller campervan do so.
Ullswater is a good place to spend the night and enjoy nature. Park up your vehicle and admire the second largest lake in the District, the stunning Aira Force waterfall, and luscious green landscapes. It’s even possible to wild camp in some of the more off-the-beaten-track parts.
To get there it’s best to head west on the M6, but as I mentioned with Cornwall and especially in the summer months this is a very popular destination, and you may run into a few narrow and twisty country lanes, so be sure to leave plenty of time to patiently work your way through.
The Black Mountain Pass, Wales
Known as the best road in Wales, the Black Mountain Pass is a must if you’re looking for a short and sweet trip that’s still full of adventure. This dramatic road certainly lives up to its reputation, with magical mountain views of the Brecon Beacons, roaming sheep, and breath-taking summits you’ll want to make sure you have the camera ready for this one!
One thing to be aware of is the hairpin turns can get a bit crazy and therefore make this route a little bit challenging so just make sure whoever is driving is confident and comfortable before embarking. If you reach the end of this 23-mile stretch and want to see more of what Wales has to offer, carry on driving and you’ll lead nicely into…
Your adventure will begin once you have jumped on the A5 and have arrived on the edge of Snowdonia in the town of Betws-y-Coed. This is a perfect place to take part in some outdoor activities including abseiling, zip-lining, or mountain biking. Spend your rest days appreciating some of the natural beauty spots this place offers including Fairy Glen and Swallow Falls.
Test yourself and conquer the challenge so many have accepted by climbing to the peak of Snowden. If you want to make this last a few days then there is a campsite located right at the foot of the mountain itself, so if you talk yourself out of doing it one day you can always try again the next.
Famous for its panoramic views, beaches, cliffs, islands, and wildlife, Pembrokeshire is a destination that will suit anyone – whether you’re a nature lover or outdoor adventurer you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in your eclectic surroundings. Travel straight into the heart of the county by starting on the M4 west until reaching and staying on the A40.
This is a great choice for those thrill-seekers who want to get back to nature and love outdoor activities such as kayaking, swimming, or cliff scrambling. We’d advise a total of 7 days for this adventure, but ultimately for all suggestions on our list, it’s completely up to you how long you wish to take.
The North Coast 500, Scotland
Starting and finishing in Inverness, this 516-mile loop is packed full of some of the most beautiful and iconic sites. Taking you through ancient Scottish history and culture, sandy beaches, and the famous Loch Ness. We’d recommend taking 14 days so you can really enjoy the ride. You might even be lucky enough to meet one of the Highland locals, but as their furry and weigh over 1,000 pounds I don’t think you’ll be inviting them in for a cuppa anytime soon.
This well-kept Scottish secret is becoming more and more popular every year so for quieter roads (especially if you’re not the most confident driver – more about that here) we’d suggest visiting out of the busy summer months. There is something quite charming about a winter getaway and if this is something you are interested in then this is also a fantastic place to chase and watch the Northern lights.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
This may be the second Scottish entry on the list, but I promise you it’s a good ‘un that you won’t want to miss.
The second-largest island in Scotland, the Isle of Skye is a route to take if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and want the feelings of solitude and grounding being in the great outdoors brings.
Prepare for a 50-mile-long stretch of misty moors, rough mountains, sparkling lochs, and spectacular sea cliffs; landscapes that take your breath away and really remind you what life is all about! Travel through peninsulas, peaceful woodlands, and villages and, with plenty of campsites, tourist attractions, and even the odd pub or two in between, this is the perfect 7-day itinerary if you’re looking for a trip that is that little bit more than a long weekend.
We’d recommend starting in Stirling, taking the A84 north, and then letting let the good times roll as you take in your beautiful surroundings.
Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland
Last but not least, we have the Antrim Coast located in Northern Ireland. Now unless you’re lucky enough to live here, the quickest way to get there is jumping on a ferry from Stranraer to Larne (it would probably be worth undertaking some extra research into the finer details regarding your campervan or motorhome – but that’s the simplest explanation).
This is an awe-inspiring and laid-back road trip that really is worth all the effort and hassle. It’s packed head to toe with unspoiled beaches, volcanic nature, breath-taking views, cute seaside towns, and Game of Thrones locations for all you die-hard fans.
The last stop
If you’re itching to get out exploring, then why not do your own research and see which one suits you best! If you do find an amazing route that I haven’t mentioned then let me know in the comments below or on social media, I’m a keen traveler myself and would love to hear your recommendations. And as always if you do take our advice and drive one of these routes make sure you let us know by tagging us in any photos or posts.
One last thing before I go, with a string of campsite sites along the way on each road trip you’ll have plenty of choice as to where you should park for the night. Just remember to always keep your home locked and secure, you don’t want any unexpected break-ins ruining your holiday. You can find more about how to secure your campervan or motorhome here.