Top Five Coastal Routes in the UK
If there are two things that it can be stated with some certainty that the residents of the United Kingdom love, it’s driving and visiting the seaside. If you’ve got some holiday time to take from work, or if you’re just looking for a different way to spend your vacation, why not join the ten million or more UK holidaymakers who’ve decided to spend their time within the UK in 2012.
With our beautiful coastline and great road system, a coastal driving route could be an interesting way to combine the thrill of the open road with a chance to admire some the United Kingdom’s top beauty spots. So get your auto insurance in order and hit the road. Here are five great coastal routes that it’d be a shame not to complete.
Come off the beaten track of the M62 to enjoy some classic Yorkshire countryside. While the weather may not be as fantastic as abroad, the breath-taking views you are rewarded with are well worth it. Yorkshire’s hilly landscape gives way to classic small seaside towns like Bridlington. There are plenty of pubs and B&Bs to stop in on the way, so you can take it as slowly as you want to.
Isle of Man
This is Mecca for petrol heads – many of us have watched the famous motorcycle race held here each year. While the TT course doesn’t make the most of the coast at all by heading through the island’s interior, those who like to take things a little bit slower can benefit from some really beautiful views, including traditional working harbours and wilder, more windswept stretches.
The Outer Hebrides
Fancy something a bit more remote? The Outer Hebrides are pretty wild – there’s certainly a lot of landscape to take in. If you’re interested in off-roading, this is a good bet. It’s also a wonderful place to take a walking holiday – you could easily combine driving and walking trips to make the most of your time in this unspoilt section of Scotland.
Great Yarmouth to Cromer
The Norfolk coast may not be as well-known a holiday destination as some other parts of the south coast, but it boasts equally beautiful beaches. Great Yarmouth is a well-known town in Norfolk and it makes a fine starting place on your trip to Cromer. The drive takes in some dramatic coastline and the driving will certainly help you work up an appetite.
Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight’s coastline is beautiful, and if you live in the north of the mainland UK you’ll have a great time travelling down to the ferry to get to the Isle of Wight in the first place! Blackgang Chine is one of a number of tourist attractions on the Isle’s coast – to be honest, you could start anywhere. Take it slow – it’s not a huge island – and feel free to stop the car and indulge in fish and chips or an ice cream.