With fresh blue skies and summer sunshine, there are few places quite as beautiful as the UK. From the lochs of Scotland to the Welsh valleys and England’s rolling countryside, it couldn’t be easier to throw a few things into your car and set off on an exciting road trip. Whether you’re dropping down the top of your SL Roadster, looking forward to stretching the legs of a C Class Coupé, or settling into the refined luxury of your GLC SUV, here are five of the most spectacular UK summer road trips you can enjoy in your Mercedes.
1. Atlantic Highway
Southwest England is renowned for its stunning scenery, from craggy cliffs to golden beaches and swelling seas. The stretch of the A39 known as the Atlantic Highway runs for over 70 miles, and will take you a good couple of hours to drive along. You’ll be sandwiched between striking coastal landscapes and rolling barley fields, as you motor along through Devon and Cornwall. Go for a hike in Exmoor National Park, try some mountain biking in Dartmoor, or visit inviting towns such as Bude, Newquay, Polzeath and St Ives to really make the most of the local area on your road trip.
2. Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales, and home to the twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du which soar to almost 900 metres and together form ‘Arthur’s Seat’. There are a number of routes that you can drive through the range, but make sure you don’t miss the A4069 while you’re road tripping in the area. Otherwise known as the Black Mountain Pass, you can pick it up from Llandovery to the northwest of the national park, or Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen to the south. As well as an array of exhilarating corners and hairpin turns, the road throws up spectacular views of the Tywi Valley as it takes you almost 500 metres above sea level.
3. Snake Pass
A notorious road that lies within Derbyshire’s Peak District, the Snake Pass is the most direct route between Manchester and Sheffield. This makes it an easy road trip to go on if you live near one of these cities. Often closed because of bad weather in winter, there are lots of twisting corners to enjoy, as well as the beautiful scenery. Combine the Snake Pass with the Cat and Fiddle road, which runs from Buxton to Macclesfield in Cheshire. The pub that goes by the same name offers incredible views and plenty of outdoor seating to soak up the summer vibes.
4. Northern Ireland’s north coast
If you take the coastal route from Belfast to Londonderry, you’ll clock up in the region of 130 miles. The journey should take around four hours, but there’s plenty of distractions along the way to make you stop. Between Gobbins Cliff Path, the Dark Hedges and the Giant’s Causeway, not to mention miles of untouched coastline, there’s lots to draw you in for a road trip and keep you there along the north coast of Northern Ireland.
5. Loch Lomond
Whether you need to get from Glasgow to Inverness anyway, or you’re looking for an incredible road trip to excite your senses, the A82 is an unmissable road. Stick to this stretch of tarmac instead of taking the motorway, and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most picturesque routes anywhere in the UK and beyond. The road hugs the western shore of Loch Lomond, where you can stop off and set your feet on one of the lakeside beaches with an ice cream in hand. Continuing north, take in the breathtaking beauty of the wild Scottish Highlands as well as the UK’s tallest peak Ben Nevis and mysterious Loch Ness, as you voyage onwards to Inverness.