It’s an indisputable fact that a good road trip is up there with the best adventures you can enjoy!
The sense of freedom on the open road to explore somewhere fascinating, seeing new and memorable things each day on your own schedule and the ability to stop and start as you please make for a truly unique trip.
Thankfully, the world is not short of wonderful road trips, and I’ve selected three of the best to help you begin dreaming!
Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
Ireland did something very simple with the world’s longest coastal route. They signposted the entire thing, under one name, with one logo. And it worked, sensationally. Not that the locals needed it – long-time residents of Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork have known for some time just how beautiful the west coast of the Irish isle is.
Stunning sea views are interspersed with Celtic ruins, craggy cliffs, stunning (and often deserted) beaches and the kind of romantic country pubs that are just crying out for a pit stop, ideally with a pint of Guinness and a hot bowl of seafood chowder. Highlights include the wonderful Cliffs of Moher, Mizen Head and the Skellig Islands, recently populated by Luke Skywalker.
The whole route is 2500 kilometres long and, whilst it can be done in one trip, it lends itself ideally to being broken up and tackled in a number of trips. After all, once you’ve done it once, you’ll inevitably be back!
North Coast 500, Scotland
A land just made for road tripping, I’m sticking with the British & Irish Isles here – although make sure you don’t call them English, as 1Cover’s UK Survival Guide notes!
Clearly, the Scottish felt that they could do whatever their Celtic cousins across the Irish Sea could, and they were right. At 500 miles long, this route (which starts and finishes in Inverness and loops around the Highlands) is more achievable in a single sitting than the Wild Atlantic Way. The sheer weight of legendary castles, craggy coastal paths and quaint villages (not to mention world-famous distilleries such as Glenmorangie!) will keep you going plenty.
Highlights include the town of Inverness itself, the mysterious Loch Ness and of course the whiskey distilleries.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Continental Europe will also have its say of course, and none so emphatically as Italy’s Amalfi Coast. A relatively short hop of just 50 kilometres from Sorrento to Ravello, the route is nonetheless world-class.
Containing stunning pastel-coloured fishing villages set perched upon the cliffs, each not too far from a vineyard or citrus grove, it is no wonder this incredible location features in so many films.
While the route itself won’t take much time, preparing the details of a trip to the Amalfi Coast in advance will help you enjoy one of the world’s most unique destinations, hitting all the right spots along the way.
Highlights include the quaint island of Capri, the Arab-style gardens of Villa Rufolo and the aptly-named ‘Path of the Gods’ hiking trail.
Click here for my complete guide to Positano on the Amalfi Coast
Questions or questions about any of these road trips? I’d love to hear from you – just leave me a comment below!