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5 TOP road trips to take in the UK during the pandemic

 

There is something magical about a road trip and everyone should experience an adventure at least once in their life. Grab your best friends or beloved family members and embark on an road trip. Because a journey like this, no matter where it is, will always create a life time of memories, some will be great and a few maybe not so much, but all will be remembered. That’s for sure.

In 2020, the whole planet is suffering with the devastating effects of COVID-19 and the United Kingdom is no exception. The British government have imposed rules that the population must follow in order to help reduce the spread of the virus in the hope of defeating it once and for all.

Failing to comply with these rules will result in receiving an hefty fine of £100 (£50 if paid within 14 days). This doubles every time there is an extra offence, rising to a maximum penalty of £3,200.

We all must comply with the government’s social distancing rules but that does not mean that we can’t try to enjoy ourselves as much as we possibly can during these tough times.

 

Here are 5 amazing road trips to take in the United Kingdom during the coronavirus pandemic.

  

5. Causeway Coastal Route, Nothern Ireland

This route allows you to enjoy the authentic Ireland, an island with its unique landscapes and wild nature. This is the Causeway Coastal Route, the Giant's coast road which runs through Northern Ireland crossing impossible curves,  impressive cliffs and seeing unique flora and fauna. And why is it called like that? Well, because the route reaches the famous Giant's Causeway, a fascinating place.

 The Route along the Giant's Highway has some spectacular sights and is well deserving of its title of the best driving routes in the world. So if you decide to travel to Ireland, don't hesitate to save at least 3 days to enjoy this magnificent route.

Best for: Epic views of the wild and dramatic coast of Northern Ireland.

Coronavirus update:  Reopening of indoor bars and “wet pubs” remains paused. No more than 15 people allowed in outdoor gatherings, including a private garden, as well as certain events, including weddings, church services and sporting events.

 

 

4. The Dragon’s Spine, Wales

This Welsh road trip has a rightfully intimidating name - The Dragon’s Spine. It’ll take you throughout  bustling cities, two national parks, and many miles (186 to be exact) of breath-taking countryside and old-timey pubs.

It runs from Cardiff in the south all the way to Conwy in the north. Which means you’ll be hugging the coast for part of the trip but also cramming in some big cities and stunning countryside scenes too. You could spend seven days ogling this incredible welsh route.

Best for: Enjoying the best of the countryside,  stunning sea views and visiting towns with a lot of character and history.

Coronavirus update:  Caerphilly has gone into local lockdown, becoming the first county in Wales to face tougher restrictions following a spike in Covid-19 cases. No-one is allowed to leave the county without good reason. So please avoid Caerphilly so you don’t face any problems.

 

3. Lake District, England

The Lake District, one of the most beautiful places in England, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 2017 and has had National Park status since 1951. Its beauty, shaped over centuries , has inspired writers such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, who lived there for much of their lives.

Essentially, the Lake District, also known as The Lakes, is a place to get lost and escape from the daily grind , to unwind in the exuberance of gentle hills and scenic mountains such as Scafell Pike( 978 meters at its peak)and relax into the evening  enjoying a light refreshment as the sun sets on the lakes edge.

 Best for: Walking and fresh air adventures, exploring the lakes by steamboat or visiting its museums. The Lake District is a place that every nature lover should visit at least once in their life.

Coronavirus update: The Lake District National Park is open. Tourism and hospitality providers are working hard to put new practices in place to help with social distancing.

 

2. Bath to Land's End, England

The South West of England has plenty of wild and unexplored places,  including some incredible beach destinations. Start your journey in Bath, where you can indulge in a dip in the mineral-rich waters of the Bath spas. When you're done, head to Taunton in Somerset County, an hour and a half drive away. From here, take the A3087 and A358, which pass through pretty thatched-roof villages. Then take the B3224 through Exmoor National Park and stop for lunch in Winsford, then continue to the seaside town of Woolacombe and see one of the best beaches in the UK.

You can spend the night in Woolacombe, overlooking the sea, and the next day drive to the Cornish fishing village of Padstow, about two hours down the A39. Here you can try its famous seafood, ideal to recharge your batteries before continuing for an hour and a half on the A30 to reach Land's End (the “end of the earth”), where you can see the iconic landmark and enjoy the spectacular views of the coast. After a busy day, it is worth driving just another 17 miles to reach St Ives and spend the night at Carbis Bay, where you can relax and have a drink on the terrace.

Best for: Experiencing amazing historical places with a mix of breath taking landmarks.

Coronavirus update: From Monday 14TH of September the number of people that can attend social gatherings will be reduced to six in England following a rise in coronavirus cases across the UK. You must continue to wear  face covering in different indoor settings such as public transport or supermarkets.

 

 

 1. North Coast 500, Scotland.

This famous 500 miles route covers six Scottish regions and is perfect for exploring the peaceful North Highlands. On your way you will find deserted beaches, high mountains, wild moors and sparkling lakes, as well as lots of great places to relax. It will take you at least five days to complete this route comfortably.

This route will take you  through some of the best sites and scenery Scotland has to offer. Skirting the coast of Inverness and the Black Isle, past the seaboard crags of Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross, it offers up gothic ruins, rugged fairways, historic castles, shingle-sand beaches, tiny fishing hamlets and peaty whisky distilleries

Best for: Escaping urban life and enjoying unexpected traffic jams, courtesy of wayward Highland cows and stags.

Coronavirus update: Scottish Government has enabled the tourism and hospitality industry to slowly reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic from the 15th of July and many businesses around the route have now reopened. Please bear in mind that due to the rise in cases in the Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire council areas the government has banned people from visiting separate households and prohibit visits to homes in areas that have not been impacted. Indoor visits to hospitals and care homes are also limited.

 

Conclusion

Our TOP 5 breathtaking road trips that you must visit in the United Kingdom even during the COVID-19 pandemic are:

1. North Coast 500, Scotland.

2. Bath to Land's End, England

3. Lake District, England

4. The Dragon’s Spine, Wales

5. Causeway Coastal Route, Nothern Ireland

 

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