London is right at the bottom of the UK, meaning there’s literally an entire country to explore and an endless list of road trip routes pre-mapped out for you. Anyone living in London will know that the hustle and bustle of city life can be overwhelming at times, and so comes the need to spread your wings and leave the city away from the rat race of life.
With a sense of adventure, you could end up as far as Scotland, exploring multiple points en route. As long as you have maps and snacks at the ready, you’ll find yourself never wanting your UK road trip adventure to end.
Below, you’ll find a list of some of the best road trips that start from London. Technically speaking, you can do any road trip you want and make it start from London, but these are the ones already mapped out for you.
The Scottish Highlands Expedition
For the ultimate road trip adventure, head north from London to the breathtaking Scottish Highlands. The route you take to get to Scotland is up to you – top tip, avoid motorways and go on a completely scenic A and B road. There are far more opportunities for stop-offs along the way, and the endless tarmac of the motorway takes the fun away from a road trip.
The trip is not for the faint-hearted, as it requires a long drive, but the reward is worth it. From the centre of London to the centre of Edinburgh, the distance is 403 miles and roughly 7 hours – you’re literally going to drive the length of the country, but it’s oh-so worth it. To break up the journey, you could switch vehicles along the way, perhaps delving into the luxury of a motorhome to explore the Scottish Highlands. Check out www.ariescape.co.uk for examples.
Drive through the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, with its majestic mountains, sparkling lochs, and ancient castles. Explore the famous Isle of Skye, with its dramatic landscapes, including the iconic Old Man of Storr and the Fairy Pools. Immerse yourself in the rich Scottish culture, sample the local whisky, and marvel at the awe-inspiring scenery that will leave you spellbound before tackling the journey back to London.
The Jurassic Coastline Road Trip
If you’re a fan of breathtaking landscapes and stunning coastlines, the Jurassic Coastline Road Trip is a must. Head southwest from London towards Dorset, and you’ll be treated to 95 miles of rugged cliffs, golden beaches, and crystal-clear waters. Along the way, stop by the iconic Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch standing majestically in the sea, and the historic town of Lyme Regis, known for its fossil hunting and picturesque harbour. Don’t forget to indulge in some fresh seafood along the coast and capture Instagram-worthy shots of the breathtaking scenery.
That is a dramatically shorter journey than heading to Scotland, so is perhaps more suitable for people who only have the weekend to road trip.
The Cotswolds Countryside Drive
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a serene drive through the idyllic Cotswolds countryside. Just a short drive west of London, the Cotswolds is known for its charming villages, honey-coloured cottages, and rolling hills.
Take your time meandering along the country lanes, stopping by quintessential Cotswold towns such as Bibury, Burford, and Chipping Campden, with their picturesque streets, quaint tea rooms, and historic churches. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the lush countryside, and be sure to indulge in some delicious local produce, including the famous Cotswold cream tea.
The drive to the Cotswolds is scenic and breathtaking – you’ll find yourself winding through country lanes to get there, with many quintessentially British villages along the way.
The Lake District Adventure
If you’re up for a longer road trip, head north from London to the stunning Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its breathtaking lakes, mountains, and picturesque villages.
Explore the scenic roads that wind through the national park, passing by iconic landmarks such as Lake Windermere, Scafell Pike (the highest peak in England), and the picturesque village of Grasmere, famously associated with poet William Wordsworth. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, go hiking, boating, or simply relax and take in the awe-inspiring scenery of this outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
There are tons of road trips that start from London – and technically, you can make any road trip start from any location in the UK. Summer is right around the corner, so now is the best time to plan your road trip route away from the hustle and bustle of London.