Ever considered a winter road trip through the UK? From moody skies to snowcapped peaks, the UK’s great infrastructure and road conditions make it possible to hit the open road at any time of the year. Whether you’re dreaming of sleepy towns, villages, or vibrant cities, check out some of our favorite destinations for the perfect February road trip!
If you’re searching for fun winter drives, look no further than North Yorkshire. With no shortage of well-maintained roads and low crowds, get ready to adventure in the countryside. Take the A171 connecting the coast from Scarborough to Whitby, and enjoy some of the spectacular views from the North Yorkshire Coast and Moors. Looking for fun with the whole family? The traditional seaside town of Scarborough offers plenty of family-friendly activities like arcades, the famous Scarborough castle, and Luna Park. Looking to make the most of your time? Stay overnight at the 19th-century Best Western Kilima Hotel
. Originally built for a local wine dealer, you’ll have easy access to the historic city of York and its attractions.
In need of fresh air and breathtaking views? Consider taking a road trip through the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Perfect at any of year, there is so much to see, that it is hard to experience everything in one trip. Start your road trip at stunning Glencoe and make your way to the otherworldly Isle of Skye. Eager to spot Nessie? Drive along Loch Ness from Inverness to Urquhart Castle. The ruins sit right alongside the shores of Loch Ness, creating an incredibly photographed background. Climb around the ruins and get fantastic views from every angle. Captivated by your views? Extend your time in the highlands and book a stay at the Links Lodge
. Located in the town of Lossiemouth, the hotel guarantees a quiet stay with just 5 accommodation units.
Jurassic Coast Dorset
Known to be one of the best winter road trips in Europe, thanks to its easy accessibility, numerous attractions, and dramatic coastline, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit if you’re considering a winter road trip. Explore the famous Isle of Portland, enjoy fresh crab at the Crab House cafe, or enjoy spots like Lulworth Cove or Man O’War Beach. Taking your road trip with the little ones? If the weather is not ideal for outdoor exploring, head to the world-famous Tank Museum. With interactive displays and history, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family. If you’re eager for more exploration, consider choosing a base such as Dorchester, Weymouth, or Swanage, and discover many amazing day trips close by. Stay at the Best Western Wessex Royale
, a Georgian-era hotel built in 1756.
Longing to be close to the ocean? There are endless possibilities in this part of England. Explore Tintagel Castle, marvel at St.Nectan’s Glen or wander around the Bodmin Moor. Are you a fan of hiking? Park the car and take a hike around Lizard Point. A fantastic drive to consider is the Atlantic Highway from Cornwall to Devon. Hugging the western coastline of the country, you’ll be in for some magical views. Last but not least, don’t miss out on St. Michael’s Mount, an island with thousand years of history. For the true feeling of a coastal getaway, book a room at Anacapri
. The traditional guest house is an idyllic retreat located on the Cornish coast, with a bar and sun terrace for afternoon and evening drinks.
Hunting for a unique route this winter? There are few better options than driving through the North Wales Expressway. Connecting Cheshire with North Wales, gift yourself scenic views of beaches and surrounding mountains. The North Wales Expressway stretches for over 80 miles, with the final stop at Holy Island guaranteed to make you stop and marvel at its beauty. If you’re looking to be transported to a romance novel, you’ll also be treated to the impressive lighthouse Goleudy Ynys Lawd, with dramatic winter views on the Welsh coast. What’s most special about this road trip, is not only its many natural attractions but also its historic buildings. You can visit the historic castle in Conwy or explore the medieval Conwy Town Walls. Looking to admire the town’s spellbinding sunsets? Stay a night at the Grand Hotel Llandudno
, with views over the bay and promenade.
So which road trip destination will you pick this winter? Pack the car and make your way to one of these great destinations
for an unforgettable road trip.