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Top Five Road Trips for your Electric Car

Summer is here, a staycation is on the cards and you’re searching for a scenic route to take your electric car on a road trip. Well, you’re in luck. Here are our top five road trip routes in the UK to help you with your decision…

 

The A830, Fort William, Scotland

You can’t embark on a UK road trip without considering Scotland. With some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Britain, it would make for a journey of a lifetime. 

Despite what you might think, range anxiety is a thing of the past even when heading over to the Scottish Isles. There are plenty of plug-in points to choose from, and you can follow ChargePlace Scotland’s live map to plan your route ahead of time. 

So, why not take the A380 to Fort William and travel through turquoise waters with white sand beaches. Your journey will end with a dramatic change in scenery, arriving at the rugged Nevis mountain range. Why not stop off and climb Britain’s highest mountain…or just admire it from the comfort of your electric car.

 

The Atlantic Highway, England

The Atlantic Highway is a 5 day (275km) road trip, journeying along the southwest coast of Devon and Cornwall. Expect to see stunning panoramic views, nature-filled beaches and eat a lot of fish and chips. If you’re into surfing and sand between your toes, this is the road trip for you. 

Your starting point is Barnstaple in North Devon, follow the winding roads all the way to Fraddon on the outskirts of Newquay. On one side of the road you will experience wild hills and moor tops, while on the other, you can enjoy one of Britain’s best coastlines. 

This route is peppered with small towns and tourist hotspots, making for plenty of opportunities to charge your car, and you can take a dip in the sea whilst waiting! Make sure to stop off in the towns of Bude, Padstow and Newquay before heading on to Land’s End. 

 

The Yorkshire Circuit, England

Yorkshire has, undoubtedly,  some of the prettiest landscapes in England. With undulating grass covered hill tops, market towns steeped in history and quaint villages to grab a quick pint – a circuit around North Yorkshire is not one to miss. 

A combination of both A and B roads, linking between towns and villages, you will pass through waterfalls, rolling hills and green valleys. Start your journey in the spa town of Harrogate and head up the A59 towards Grassington, making a point to check out Aysgarth Falls.

Be prepared to concentrate when driving through the winding roads of Wensleydale, earning yourself a stop at the creamery in Hawes. After indulging in Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese, head back via Jervaulx or Bolton Abbey, both set against dramatic hilltops, for your dose of English history. Finally, finish your journey in Masham, or any one of the many welcoming pubs on the way, for a pint of Black Sheep. 

 

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

The most varied trip on our list, this journey will take you from the lively city of Belfast, through Ireland’s most incredible landscapes, ending in the historic city of Londonderry. Some must-see attractions include Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, the Giant’s Causeway and a quick detour to Antrim (great for Game of Thrones lovers). 

With the trip being 3-5 days and bookended by two cities, there will be plenty of opportunities to charge up your car, before immersing yourself in Northern Ireland’s spectacular beauty. Once the journey is up, you can continue south into Ireland, heading towards Galway or Dublin for some more city sites. Discover more of what this road trip has to offer, the stop off points and must-see locations here.

 

The Black Mountain Pass, Wales

This is one for car enthusiasts. Embark on a one-day road trip that can be done in a single charge. Cutting through the magnificent Brecon Beacons, the A4069 is a known spectacular driving road that climbs, twists and turns for 19 miles. Make sure to stop in the lay-bys and take in your surroundings.

Along the way, you can experience unrivalled views, rustic farmhouses and maybe the odd motoring journalist. Since being featured on Top Gear in 2011, the route has become very popular and a favourite among car magazine test drivers, so it’s definitely a road trip worth considering if you’re looking for an exhilarating drive!

 

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