As the leaves turn orange and gold, and the air starts to get that unmistakable crispness, there’s no denying that autumn is here. What better way to embrace the season than by taking to the open road and exploring some of the stunning landscapes the UK has to offer? So, grab your cosiest scarf, your camera, and take a look at our top picks for autumnal road trips.
1. The Lake District
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Lake District. This UNESCO World Heritage site is any artists’ dream come true, with beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and charming villages. The drive through Kirkstone Pass, winding alongside Lake Windermere, offers panoramic views that will make your heart skip a beat. Don’t forget to stop in Grasmere for a slice of the famous gingerbread.
2. The North Coast 500
For a truly epic road trip, head up to Scotland and take on the North Coast 500. This 516-mile route circles the northernmost part of the country, showcasing rugged coastlines, mystical castles, and misty lochs. In autumn, the landscape comes alive with fiery heather and bracken. Be sure to visit the fairytale-esque Dunrobin Castle and take a detour to the remote and hauntingly beautiful Applecross Peninsula.
3. The Cotswolds
For a more leisurely escape, explore the charming villages and rolling hills of the Cotswolds. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a haven for autumnal vibes. Drive through Bibury, often described as the most beautiful village in England, and visit Hidcote Manor Garden, where the gardens burst with autumn colors. It’s a postcard-worthy experience at every turn. If you’re a literary enthusiast, it’s worth taking a look at some of our bookish travel articles, as the Costswolds features!
4. Causeway Coastal Route
Take a trip through Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route. As the summer crowds disperse, the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge become serene havens. This dramatic coastline takes on an otherworldly aura in the crisp autumn air, and you’ll have it mostly to yourself.