The Easter holidays have now started for the majority of schools around the country and some lucky families will be heading away on holiday or thinking about planning their summer break. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys driving holidays and is looking for the next big challenge – you’re in luck! We have rooted out the best five driving routes for you to cruise through this year!
5. Connor Pass – Ireland
Often featured in movie scenes filmed in Ireland, the Connor Pass is a scenic road starting at the Dingle Peninsula and stretching up to Castlegregory. Windy - and at some points difficult for two cars to pass at the same time - what is lacks in safety, it makes up for in natural beauty. It’s worth bearing in mind that there are weight restrictions on the road and caravans and camper vans are not allowed to use the pass.
4. Highway 1 – Big Sur, USA
This picturesque stretch of road runs down the coast of California, making the Pacific Ocean the backdrop to your drive. The best place to pick up the route is from Monterrey and ideally you should end it before reaching Los Angeles if that is your end destination. Somewhere like beautiful Santa Barbara is a great place to return your rental car without getting stuck in LA traffic! Stops to visit on your trip include Big Sur, Pismo Beach and Carmel by the Sea.
3. Great Ocean Road – Australia
The Great Ocean Road runs across the bottom of Australia, from Torquay to Warrnambool. It’s 151 miles long in its entirety and is recommended to take 3 or 4 days to get from one end to another and experience all you can along the way. The road encompasses towns such as Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay and the iconic landmark, the Twelve Apostles. The best way to view it is by helicopter, it’s worth investigating and booking before you travel.
2. Stelvio Pass - Eastern Alps, Italy
The Stelvio pass was voted Top Gear’s best driving road in the world in 2008 and is 9045 feet high, located in the Swiss/Italian Alps. It was originally built in the 1820’s and features 75 hair pin turns – even Stirling Moss once came off the road here in the 1990’s. It’s beautiful views alone make it a great driving route, but with so many hair pin turns and steep drops most of the way up, it’s not for the faint hearted.
1. Atlantic Road - Norway
Opened in 1989, the Atlantic Road runs from Molde to Kristiansund across many of the tiny islands along the Fjord area in Norway. You could visit the Bremsnes Cave, Kvernes Church and if you’re really lucky you may spot whales and seals. It’s also a highly rated area to fish with plenty of viewpoints to leave your car and experience the Norwegian wildlife.
We hope this has given you a few ideas on where you’d like to go on your driving holiday this year or perhaps opened you up to this kind of holiday. But if it’s helped you decide you’d rather stay at home and holiday in the UK , make sure your car is ready for the journey and come to us to fix any bumps and scratches you may have. Call 0800 028 7878 now or use the form on the right!