If like many, you have decided to plan do something slightly different this year – a fun packed family road trip may be just what you are looking for.

Not only will you save yourself the hassle of passport control and endless queues but there is something magical about road trips that create an endless state of excitement and everlasting memories.

Nothing beats the thrill of travelling down those winding back roads and taking in the delights of the great British Countryside to the sounds of upbeat road trip tempos.

If you’ve got wheels – here are some top trips and affordable overnight city break stop offs with parking for a great night’s sleep to keep the family refreshed the whole way through!

Scotland’s North Coast 500

This famous circular route stretches across 805km of single-track. Skirting the coast from Inverness and the Black Isle, past the seaboard of Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross, explore uncanny ruins, rugged fairways, toothy castles, shingle-sand beaches, tiny fishing hamlets and peaty whisky distilleries.

City stop off – On your way up take a pit stop at Holiday Inn Express Glenrothes book in advance to save.  The hotel is accessible on the Forth Bridge via the A911 and the M90, gives easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Yorkshire’s finest circuit

Move from moor to dale through centuries of dark medieval history.  A mix of A- and B-roads take you through some of the most beautiful villages, waterfalls and rolling backdrops in northern England. The welcome couldn’t be warmer, the surrounding landscapes wild, and the ales strong.

City stop off – If you need cheap hotel in York check into the Holiday Inn Express York a comfortable, contemporary, hotel near York, a minute’s drive away from the A64 and A1237.   


Southwest England’s Atlantic Highway

It’s all about the big views.  Jam-packed with maritime history, enjoy this 275km road that has become the hallmark of southwest England.  Stop off at Exmoor National Park for hikes before driving south through the seaside towns of Bude, Padstow and Newquay. Then plough onwards to Land’s End – the place Cornish sailors once thought was the end of the world.

City stop off – Start your Southwest adventures off with a visit to the riverside boutique Mercure Bristol Brigstow in indoor parking. 


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