Only one week to go until Valentine’s Day! And if you’re looking to plan the perfect date, why not really impress this year and take your other half on a romantic road trip? For inspiration, online marketplace for car repair, ClickMechanic, has done the research for you to find the UK’s top 5 romantic routes. Read on and see which you would want to visit for a Valentine’s treat!
A scenic road trip is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. It’s a chance to explore some amazing new places together from the comfort of your car, which is particularly a bonus given the weather! Just remember to share the choice of music…
The North Coast 500, Scotland
For a truly breath-taking and adventurous drive, Scotland’s North Coast 500 is your ideal choice for this Valentine’s Day. Beginning and ending in the northern city of Inverness, this route skirts around the Scottish coast, covering over 500 miles of unparalleled scenery.
Along the ride, you can visit a number of impressive structures including the famed 1000-year-old ruins of Urquhart Castle on the Loch Ness banks. You can also discover some of the concealed and untouched beaches on route; be sure to visit Moray Firth, home to around 130 bottlenose dolphins! Finally, it goes without saying that the road will also take you through some stunning views of the highlands, which alone are worth the trip! Be sure to save some time for this journey however, 5-7 days of travelling are recommended to take in all of the sights.
The New Forest
Offering both beautiful and relaxed surroundings, driving through the New Forest is a brilliant option for couples who are looking to take it easy and soak up the sun (hopefully!). Being less than one minute’s drive from the M27, it is easily accessible with countless activities and sights available for visitors.
Picturesque villages are scattered throughout the area, not to mention thousands of wild ponies and donkeys also roam-free, so take care on the road! For keen animal lovers, the New Forest Wildlife Park at Ashurst offers the chance to get up close and personal with some of the local wildlife. And for those that appreciate cars, The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu features over 250 vehicles and recounts the history of motoring. So there really is something for everyone! If you’re unsure of which route to take, the New Forest Tour offers an open-top safari style tour of the area and covers three key routes to see all of the best sights.
The Dark Hedges, Ballymore, Northern Ireland
Any Game of Thrones fan will recognise this road; it is also known as King’s Road during Season two of the famous fantasy series, where Arya Stark travels north. While it is simply an avenue of beech trees folding into one another, the overall effect creates a true sense of fairy-tale wonder as you pass through it.
This inspiring formation, or the Dark Hedges as it is actually known, was planted two centuries ago to decorate the entrance of Gracehill House, a Georgian mansion. Today, it has become a renowned spot for photographs in Northern Ireland and attracts visitors from far and wide. Sadly, due to recent damage, it can no longer be driven directly down by motorists; however there is parking nearby at the Hedges Estate Hotel and it is more than worth the walk for this enchanting experience. It is indeed a beautiful road to visit this Valentine’s Day.
The Cotswolds is renowned for its scenic, picture-postcard villages and for the natural beauty of its countryside; just two reasons for being a perfect drive on February 14th!
But if you’re wondering which route to take to get the best views, why not follow the aptly named Romantic road? Cotswolds.info has mapped out its own circular route from Broadway which passes through Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water, taking the driver through a number of impressive sights. You will have the chance to explore the famed beauty of the Cotswold hill villages as well as the quant river valleys and the charmingly idyllic country pubs. Covering 45 miles in total, it’s also more than suitable for a day trip!
The Lake District
As England’s largest National Park, the Lake District is filled with breath-taking scenery and a raw, natural beauty. With an incredible mountainous landscape combined with vast lakes and, of course, countless activities available, each valley will not fail to please!
While the sheer size of this National Park means the possible driving routes are essentially endless, if you’re looking for guidance, Lake District Drives lists 15 possible routes to choose from. However, for a truly romantic experience, the Keswick to Borrowdale to Buttermere drive is a great pick. It features some of the most stunning sights of the mountain passes and allows you to stop and explore places such as Lodore Falls waterfall and Honister Slate Mine. The route covers 38 miles in total.
We’re heading to the Cotswolds soon and I can’t wait! The dark hedges in Northern Ireland I’ve always wanted to go to as well!
Sounds wonderful, have a great time!
The Lake District is my number one place in the UK to escape to – no matter whats going on, if i can get to the lakes everything seems instantly better!
It’s so amazing there!
I love the idea of my husband and I taking off for a road trip together, just us – no kids! Scotland woudl be my chosen destination but if I am honest I want to wait until a bit later in the year as it is far too cold. Mich x
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Yep I agree, it’s a cold February this year! Next month sounds good 🙂
What some lovely sounding places to go for Valentine’s. I have to admit I love the New Forest, but I would be thrilled to go off to NI that is somewhere I would love to go!
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New Forest is lovely!
Not into valentines much but would totally love to a scenic road trip sounds so refreshing!!
Perfect to get away from the day-to-day routine for a bit!
I want to go to all of these places and I think the Cotswold’s is where I want to do my annual spa trip to x
Cotswolds is so gorgeous!
We live close to the New Forest and love to drive through it and spot all the wildlife
I’m desperate to see the Dark Hedges at Ballymore. I live just outside the Cotswolds so do that regularly for days out and highly recommend Burford for a day out!
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Great recommendation thanks!
The new forest is amazing, I went there on a school trip once. My parents don’t really do dates anymore as they’re both reaching 50, so it would be more of a family road trip, is still a lovely idea. Such beautiful places aswell.
Family road trip sounds great!
Oh the New Forest! I’d love to visit there one day! My family has been before, and I’ve heard so many lovely things about it.
You must visit sometime!
I would love to go to all these places, we are going away this weekend but I’m not sure where we are going as it’s a surprise x
The North Coast 500 is definitely on my wishlist, I’d love to head up there for a road trip!
Hope you get a chance to!
We live near to the New Forest and love it there! Glad you’ve included Northern Ireland as we love those creepy trees and visit the Causeway Coast often so always past them x we’d love to drive on the North Coast 500 x
Such an interesting place to visit!
These are really great romantic drives to take and your photos and description about each area is very complete as well. We have taken the drive to Scotland and The Lake District but need to do the others soon.
Thank you, we hope you get a chance to continue your travels soon!
I’ve had a holiday in the Lake District and I would absolutely recommend visiting. It really is beautiful. I would love to explore The Cotswolds as it’s such an untouched and natural place in the UK that looks stunning
The Cotswolds are divine, we are sure you would love it there!
The Cotswolds are not that far from where I live, however I have never been! I have a new dog and we are looking at new places to visit with him, so it is high on my list. Hopefully we will be doing Scotland in the summer too!
I would love to do the Scotland 500. We are thinking of hiring a camper van and doing it next year.
The Lake District is only one of my favourite places in the world. One of the best places to go exploring in the UK without a shadow of a doubt. I lived there for a year when I was little and it was magical.
Hey Rebecca these places look awesome to visit.I would love to visit the dark hedges! My friend lives in there and she told me that it is an amazing place to visit. What do you say!
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Hope you get a chance to visit!