Written by : Saffron Wilson
Published on:: 21/12/2018
Christmas isn’t just about staying at home. It’s one of the best times of the year to take a trip somewhere you never imagined, and in the UK, there are magical wintery places just on the doorstep.
At The Car People, we have compiled 4 of the best road trips for you to take over Christmas, so you can take the trip of a lifetime at the merriest time of the year!
Before you undergo any road trip, you need to make sure your car can handle the distance, and during the winter, this is perhaps even more significant.
Although the UK is perhaps at its most beautiful at this time of the year, the roads are also at their most treacherous, so you need to make sure you are fully prepared
The biggest perk of heading to Northern Scotland in the winter is not just for the amazing roads and the breath-taking scenery, it’s the fact that you may be able to watch the Northern Lights.
You’re more likely to see the Aurora Borealis the further North you go. Which makes destinations like Aberdeenshire, Orkney and the Shetlands perfect destinations in Scotland.
Check out if you’re going to catch the lights here.
But the Northern Lights isn’t all that is waiting for you in Scotland. It also has some of the most amazing landscape and views in the UK. If this is what you’re after then why not take a drive from Dunnet Head up to Orkney. Here there are immense panoramic views, but be careful of the winding roads and high winds!
When you think of Cornwall, you may think of rolling waves and summer sun, but this favourite holiday destination has a lot to offer in the winter too. The roads will be pretty empty in the winter, and that means that you’ll be able to enjoy the Cornish cost and panoramic views without any disruption.
If the weather gets a bit too frosty for your liking, then Cornwall has a lot to offer in the way of British history and tourist attractions, so you won’t have a wasted road trip either (plus, they all look absolutely amazing with a little snow!)
Why not take a drive to somewhere like St Ives? It’s full of tea rooms and restaurants to help you and your family enjoy your road trip! Or if you’re looking for a little more hustle and bustle in the cold, then Falmouth is the place for you. It’s home to a university, so it’s pretty busy all year round!
The Lake District has made its name as a popular summer destination, which similarly to Cornwall, means that it is pretty quiet as soon as winter comes around.
Be mindful that Cumbria is very mountainous (it is home to the tallest peak in England, after all) so the roads are a little more perilous. So, ensure that you take your time on the move and ensure you are prepared properly to make every moment of your road trip amazing!
If you want to explore the Lake District, then staying central will still give you plenty of amazing scenery and an equally amazing road trip. Windermere and Ambleside are absolutely beautiful, and hopefully the roads to these destinations won’t give you too much headache either.
Just be careful if you decide to go to the less travelled corners of Cumbria as the road conditions could be bad, the views are worth it, it might just be best to go in the summer.
Snowdonia is home to the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, so you know the surrounding scenery is going to be amazing. This gorgeous place is a great place to visit both in the summer and the winter.
The roads in this National Park travel high up in the mountain, which is ideal if you want to admire the landscape from behind the steering wheel. The road most travelled is the A470, and this road covers most of the length of Snowdonia itself.
For all the views and the opportunity to travel the entire length of Snowdonia, set off from Machynlleth and join the A487 which will then take you to the A470. Follow this for mile upon mile until you meet Conwy. We recommend that you travel a few extra miles and stop in Colwyn Bay, which is a lovely town by the sea with plenty to do.
If you have any of your own spectacular UK winter road trips, then why not send us a message over social media for the chance to be featured!