The Best Locations For A Post-Lockdown Road Trip

The loss of complete freedom to travel didn’t stop us from planning ahead.

This year brought unprecedented changes to our freedom to travel as we wish. However, we can now turn our attention to what we’ll do with the relaxation of lockdown.

With that in mind, here are a few road trip ideas.

Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are famous for their endless rolling hills and otherworldly mountainous landscapes, including Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest peak.

Renting a car at Glasgow airport for the drive to Fort William lets you take in the gorgeous Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Snowdonia

It’s a similar story in Wales, with epic scenery along with some of the most exciting roads in the UK. Keen drivers should try to take in the roads around Bala.

About an hour north, Anglesey offers more picturesque views and some fantastic ocean drives.

Lake District

Climb Scafell Pike along with Snowdon and Ben Nevis and you’ve completed the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the tallest spots in Scotland, Wales and England.

With hills, lakes and forests, the Lake District is steeped in history and there’s something for everyone.

Wild Atlantic Way

The 1,500 mile Wild Atlantic Way is a tourism trail on the west coast of Ireland. Unless you have three or four weeks to spare it’s probably best to pick the section that appeals most rather than cram it all into a week or two.

There’s plenty to see, with highlights such as the Skellig Islands, the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher and Killary Harbour.

Nurburgring

Nurburgring is known as The Green Hell, with the formidable circuit winding through the beautiful Eifel forest for a ludicrous 12.9-mile stretch. It’s open to the public or it’s free to park up by the track and watch others have a go, or perhaps take in one of the official races.

Route Napoleon

Loosely following the route taken by Napoleon in his 1815 escape from Elba to Grenoble in France, this is a 200-mile stretch of twisting tarmac close to the Alps with breathtaking scenery.

The roads are largely well-sighted, meaning you can enjoy driving without being concerned that other vehicles could appear out of nowhere.

Stelvio Pass

The Stelvio Pass is situated in northern Italy close to the Swiss border. It’s ideal for hairpin fans because this mountain pass snakes its way down steep Alpine mountains via seemingly endless switchbacks.

There can be no arguments that the Stelvio Pass is pure bucket list material.

Trollstigen

Driving in Norway is a unique experience, with scenic fjords, mountains resulting in fun-to-drive roads and some of the world’s longest road tunnels.

The main attraction is Trollstigen (Trolls’ Path), which features a steep incline of ten per cent with eleven hairpin bends and waterfalls cascading down the roadside rocks. Just remember to go in summer because it’s closed during winter.

Bruges

Bruges might seem like an outlier in this list but is the perfect city break location and is just 90 minutes from Calais. The ideal choice for a weekend away in Europe!