There are so many beautiful holiday destinations across the UK that it is easy to lose count, however owning a campervan or motorhome can make exploring far simpler and much more appealing.
Now I haven’t been able to include every single destination, but what I have done is include 10 that showcase the UK for its jaw-dropping, and usually overlooked, beauty. Hopefully, they will give you some inspiration for your Great British staycation.
So without further ado, let’s get into it, shall we? Join me as I run down just ten of the best motorhome road trips around the UK…
1. The North Coast 500, Scotland
Kicking off the list with one of the UK’s most beautiful road trip routes (for both motorhomes and motorcycles alike), we have the North Coast 500.
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 they’re 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, we’d suggest visiting outside 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.
2. Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland
Next up, here 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, breathtaking views, cute seaside towns, and Game of Thrones locations for all you die-hard fans.
3. The Lake District, England
Whilst I may be biased (due to many trips visiting each year during my childhood) I think the Lake District is by far one of the best routes in the UK.
This is a trip that offers something for everyone; stretched over 900 miles you can explore a lesser-travelled 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.
However, if you don’t fancy leaving the wheel, head towards the Keswick Loop and Pass to see stunning scenes right from your camper window!
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.
4. Norfolk, England
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.
And if you’re a Royal Family fan, you’ll be pleased to know this route allows you the chance to visit the Private Home of Elizabeth II, Sandringham Estate as well as her alleged favourite beach located in Holkham.
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.
5. 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…
6. Snowdonia, Wales
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.
7. 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.
8. The New Forest, Hampshire
This historic forest was planted in Hampshire by William the Conquerer in 1079.
The strong sense of history and culture throughout the forest is the reason why many come to visit, stretching across 219 miles, and is home to many animals such as wild ponies, pigs, highland cattle, dear and much more.
However, this forest is not only home to a wide variety of animals, it is also a hub for outdoor activity. During the time in the forest, why not try your hand at watersports, an aquapark, cycling or even hiking?
If you’re wanting to make a visit, it is worth heading over in Autumn when it is quiet and the beautiful autumnal-coloured leaves and trees are in full bloom - it is a partially special sight you must see at least once in your lifetime!
9. Jurassic Coast, Dorset
The county of Dorset boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site coastline, packed full of stunning villages, scenic hikes, and plenty of other activities to explore. The cliffs of the Jurrasic Coast are 95 miles long and contain millions of fossil, rock formations and a forest of fossilised trees.
If you chose this route, it is definitely worth stopping off at the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, two beautiful spots where you can go kayaking or go for a paddle.
Other great locations to visit include Chesil Beach, the Victorian Village of Swannage, and the Corfe Castle. There truly is something for everyone across this sunny seaside location, an added bonus is that it just looks truly beautiful throughout.
To get there, you’ll be pleased to know Dorest is very accessible. All you need to do is take the M3 and M27 from London before joining the A31!
10. Cornwall, England
Taking the last spot on our list today is Cornwall.
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 quickly.
Ready to Start Exploring?
So there you have it. If you’ve got the itch to get out and explore, then why not do your own search and see which one of these routes suits you best?
It is important to note that 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.
Last but not least, if you do have your very own motorhome you need to insure to kick start your travel adventure - make sure to get a motorhome insurance quote direct with Lexham!
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