13 Best scenic drives in Britain

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

Scenic drives help you escape the endless traffic and road rage, as well as allow you to enjoy the hidden gems of the countryside or take in the heights of the Scottish Highlands. So take your car off the fast lane for a few hours and kick back with these 13 scenic drives that indulge in sweeping turns, charming villages and breathtaking views along the way.

A83 and A82, Glen Coe, Scotland

Heading through stunning Scottish Highland mountains, the A83 and A82 of Glencoe have been used for scenery shots in James Bond, Harry Potter and Braveheart.

A817, Loch Lomond to Garelochhead, Scotland

The 10-mile stretch of the A817 between Loch Lomond and Garelochhead crosses the Trossachs National Park and winds through Glen Fruin providing you with staggering scenery. 

Pass of the Cattle, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland

Also known as Bealach na Bà, the Pass of the Cattle features tight bends and looming mountains that mean the road boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK. It is a remarkable drive with views of Wester Ross.

A591, Kendal to Keswick, Lake District, England

The 30 mile A591 between Kendal and Keswick is the only road that snakes its way through the Lake District National Park. Drivers and passengers can take pleasure in the treasured and unspoilt views over the endless fells, ancient forests and dazzling lakes. You can also stop at the charming Grasmere village along the way.  

B6255, Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire, England

Twisting through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales and past the 145-year-old Ribblehead Viaduct, drivers on the B6255 will enjoy amazing views and awe-inspiring Victorian engineering.

Cat and Fiddle, Peak District, England

The 12 mile Cat and Fiddle road includes sharp corners for petrol heads to enjoy and striking views of the Peak District National Park, Cheshire Plains and Manchester for their passengers to enjoy. Remember to stop by at the Cat and Fiddle Inn and join the bikers for some great pub grub and a refreshing drink to take in the view.

B3135, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England

Carving its way through England’s deepest gorge, the B3135 displays the magnificence of the Mendip Hills with beautiful limestone cliffs and deep caves. The adventurous among you can also take a tour of two of the caves.

Buttertubs Pass, Yorkshire Dales, England

Buttertubs Pass is a popular drive through the much-loved, scenic Yorkshire Dales. Featuring exciting bends, the Pass was named after the limestone potholes used by farmers to rest on their way to market and was part of the 2014 Tour De France’s Grand Depárt.

A272, Sussex/Hampshire, England

For a truly varied landscape, you should travel down the A272. Even though it is only 40 miles away from London, the peaceful A272 benefits from rolling hills, meandering roads and the Sussex Weald, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

A30 and B3306, Cornish coast, England

The A30 and B3306 roads follow the dramatic Cornish coast from Land’s End to St Ives. You will pass through lovely Cornish villages and see spectacular coastal views.

B4632, Cotswolds, England

If you want view traditional cottage villages and rolling countryside, the B4632 from Cheltenham to Stratford is the perfect quintessentially English scenic drive.

A4086, Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia, Wales

The Llanberis Pass is an unforgettable drive through the Snowdonia National Park and quaint Welsh villages. You can stop in the Pen-y Pass car park to climb up Britain’s highest peak, Snowdon.

A4069, Black Mountain Pass, Wales

The 20 mile A4069 Black Mountain Pass ascends, descends and bends around the Brecon Beacons National Park. With hairpin bends and exhilarating swift straights accompanying the gorgeous views, the Black Mountain Pass has been described as one of the most memorable drives in the UK.  

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