Driving does not have to be the chore that it can be when commuting to work or struggling along Britain’s overcrowded motorways – it can actually be a great way to explore a country at your own pace and see more than you could otherwise.
Renting a campervan or car and setting off on a road-trip can be a great way to relax and enjoy some much-needed time off, but it can always be a bit of challenge planning where should go.
However, with these four epic routes, you will be left with no excuse but to set off with your friends and take in the scenery.
Scotland’s highland highway
Okay, you may have been thinking of somewhere further afield than Scotland, but the A82 is an incredible driving experience. The 140 mile stretch of road between Loch Lomond and Loch Ness passes in the shadow of Ben Nevis and Fort William and is flanked by rugged castles and pristine lochs – all you have to do is keep your fingers crossed for some good weather.
The Transfagarasan highway
You may never have heard of it before (or even know how to say the name) but this route will take you through some of Romania’s stunning mountainous landscapes. Passing through the Carpathian Mountains, you’ll find beautiful waterfalls, lakes and 90km of winding bends to explore. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson even proclaimed that the road was the “best in the world” when filming there in 2009.
Exploring the Czech Republic
Whilst many head to the Czech Republic to enjoy Prague, very few experience the spectacular region of Brno. Set off and you’ll immediately be greeted with breath-taking views and with vineyards at every turn, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. The city of Brno meanwhile is home to spectacular architecture and a host of museums, churches and other monuments.
Tackle the hills of Spain
Venture to the north of Madrid and you’ll find picturesque mountain roads that are designed to be enjoyed by car or motorbike. With medieval villages dotted across the landscape, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to indulge in local cuisine while taking in all the sights. Pedraza Castle, Tamajon, Puebla de la Sierra and Horcajuelo de la Sierra are among the locations for your sat-nav.
Date Created: 14/08/2017