Top 4 most romantic road trips in the UK

Top 4 most romantic road trips in the UK

A romantic getaway is what many people dream of for Valentine’s Day. It’s an opportunity to spend some time with your loved one, and romantic road trips in the UK can be an ideal way to visit lots of unique locations and make special memories.  

If you’re looking for ideas for Valentine’s drive, we’ve come up with a selection of locations that can offer a truly unforgettable experience for just two people. From the northern reaches of the Scottish Highlands to the south coast of England, whether you want to get back to nature or enjoy the finer things in life, there is something for everyone.  

1. The Cotswolds 

If you want to head out on a road trip that’s not too challenging then the Cotswolds is a fantastic place to start. They’re easily accessible from lots of major cities and have a great combination of offerings.  

If you’re the sort of couple who want to indulge in some luxury then there are plenty of spa hotels or high-end restaurants to choose from. For a really luxurious weekend away try Lucknam Park, which has a choice of two restaurants and an award-winning spa. However, if you want to switch off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life there are equally quiet spots where you can do that. To keep your creature comfort, why not try a shepherd's hut at the Fish Hotel?

There’s no shortage of romantic villages in the Cotswolds, stretching from the quaint locations of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water or Chipping Norton. Tie these locations with a drive on the B4425 and stop off at Upper and Lower Slaughter villages along the way.  

Alternatively, there’s the Windrush Valley, which runs from Bourton-on-the-Water to Burford and offers stunning scenery as you drive the road that follows the River Windrush. From here you can join the A429, which runs from Stroud to Cirencester and offers breathtaking views of the Cotswold Hills, and stop off at the charming villages of Painswick and Slaughters along the way. 

2. Scottish Highlands 

For those located in the south of England, a romantic getaway to the Highlands might seem like a bit too much of a reach. Although it can be a long drive to get there - or alternatively jump on a train overnight - once you’ve arrived in Scotland it’s easy to see a huge amount in a short space of time. However, sometimes it’s still not enough! 

If a romantic road trip away from it all is what you’re looking for, there’s little else like the Scottish Highlands to get lost in. The vast open spaces are unlike any other rural landscape in Britain. 

The route up the west coast and onto the Isle of Skye called the ‘Road to the Isles’ is something everyone should put on their bucket list. Stop at romantic spots like Glenfinnan, Mallaig, and Kyle of Lochalsh, and enjoy the stunning views of the coast and the hills. 

On your way, you’ll likely take the A83 and this is equally stunning. This scenic route takes in the beauty of Argyll and the Trossachs National Park, including the stunning Loch Lomond and the village of Inveraray. You can drive the famous winding road called the Rest and be Thankful, visit Inveraray Castle or the Falls of Dochart. 

The A9 might not sound like the most romantic place to take your partner this Valentine’s Day but this scenic route really takes in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands, including the Cairngorms National Park and the city of Inverness. There are breathtaking views if you stop off in Aviemore where you can follow the train line - or even have dinner on board. If you head all the way to the coast there are unmissable views from the beach in Nairn, where you’ll be able to see across the sea and the cliffs of the land beyond on a clear day. 

3. The Jurassic Coast 

The Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile stretch of coastline in the south of England. It’s known for its stunning views, and geological wonders, but its proximity to the sea and extensive history make for some extremely romantic locations. 

In fact, the coastline is bursting with romantic spots to visit, from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove and Studland Beach. Durdle Door’s natural arch is one of the most recognizable features of the Jurassic Coast and a popular spot for picnics and walks - ideal for a romantic stroll along the beach and enjoying the stunning views.

As you continue west, the B317 begins at Weymouth and offers spectacular views out across Chesil Beach as you approach Bridport. From here you can continue following the Jurassic Coast on to Charmouth Beach and Lyme Regis. Charmouth is a long sandy beach, known as a popular spot for fossil hunting.

4. The Lake District 

When it comes to romantic locations in England, not a lot compares to the Lake District. Come rain or shine there is a historic pub to curl up by the fire and enjoy a drink or make your own memories on remote walks.  

If you love history, the Lake District is home to Dove Cottage where poet William Wordsworth used to live. The house, located in Grasmere, is now a museum dedicated to his life. However, if stories are more your thing, the home of Beatrix Potter is also now a museum. You can take a romantic walk through the gardens of the farmhouse where the author used to live. 

As well as history and scenery, the Lake District is also packed with fantastic driving roads. Some of its most famous include Honister Pass, which runs from Keswich to Borrowdale, the challenging Hardknott Pass, from Eskdale to Duddon Valley, and Kirkstone Pass, from Ambleside to Patterdale.

It wouldn’t be a visit to the Lake District without driving to some of the lakes though. The second largest is Ullswater, and you can drive the Ullswater Way that follows the shore of the lake. Buttermere is to the west of Ullswater and is surrounded by rolling hills. Here you can hire a boat and take in some of the views from the water. The largest though is Windermere. This lake is in the heart of the town where you can stop for a romantic meal or take a trip on the water.

About the author

Rebecca Chaplin is a motoring journalist and owner of Road Trip Club. She’s written about cars and the best places to drive them for nearly 10 years.

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