5 of The Best Road Trips in The UK when You're Looking for a Fun-Fair Thrill
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You can’t help but get excited by the thought of a road trip. Often times, it really is a case of the journey being more important than the destination. Driving is fun, but cruising down some of the best roads in the UK on your motorbike can be even more fun.
In fact, choose the right roads and you will have more fun on your motorcycle than you could ever have at a fun fair! Even better, the number of roads to choose from continues to increase, and there are currently estimated to be 246,500 miles (400,000 km) of roads in the UK!
It’s time to load up your bike and choose one of the following motorcycle road trips in the UK:
Scotland’s North Coast
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You couldn’t get much further away from civilization than by choosing to ride the North coast of Scotland. There are 500 miles (800 km) of single track roads with hardly any traffic, which is great for opening up the throttle and testing your real limits.
You start in the sleepy village of Dornoch and cruise through bend after bend of virtually unspoiled terrain with just the odd ruins, fishing ports and, of course, plenty of whiskey distilleries. You might like to know there are over 120 distilleries in Scotland!
The Atlantic Highway, South West England
There is a 170 mile (274 km) stretch of roads in this corner of England, which has a rugged natural beauty and charm that is now symbolic to this area in the country. Despite the increase in traffic on UK roads, the A39 between Bridgewater and Bude manages to remain empty enough to really enjoy the road.
With a new twist and turn every second and a host of places to stop at, you will get more than just a fantastic ride. You can top of your experience by stopping in some fun-filled destinations, such as the surfing capital of Newquay, to really get the party going!
Antrim Coast Road, Northern Ireland
This road, also known as the A2, slithers its way along the northern coastline of Ireland. You are guaranteed enough twists and turns to keep your heart racing and your knee on the floor! Furthermore, the Antrim Coast Road will give you the opportunity to enjoy stunning surroundings, including the world-famous Giant’s Causeway.
In fact, at some points, the road is almost on top of the water and you may actually feel you are riding on it! It is best to do this road trip twice – once you have experienced the thrill of riding at the edge of your limits you may wish to cruise back along the same route.
Cardiff to Llandudno, Wales
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This road offers a little of everything – you can test the power of your motorbike as you blast up the Abergwesyn Pass and its steep incline. Alternatively, simply enjoy the twists and turns of the A470 as you glide across the twisting asphalt in the Brecon Beacons, feeling like you are on top of the world.
The route is 185 miles (300 km) in total and will give you the opportunity to pass through Snowdonia National Park. If you are feeling particularly energetic you might want to add in a mountain climb to your road trip!
The Isle of Man
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The Isle of Man offers a 38-mile (61 km) circuit of the roads, as it is the same track which is used every year in the Isle of Man TT. You will probably have heard of this annual event, as it is one of the most famous motorcycle races in the world.
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The race route is completed on the exact same highways as this road trip, providing you with the opportunity to experience the same thrills as your favorite racers. Of course, you are unlikely to hit the speeds they reach during the race.
The route progresses along the A1, A3, and A18, taking in the scenery on both sides of this small island.
The UK has a host of roads which can be enjoyed on your motorcycle, but the ones above are especially good because they are both twisty and relatively quiet. They encourage you to focus on the road and enjoy each moment by testing yourself and your motorbike to the limit.
Of course, before you go on a road trip like this you may want to make sure you have all the right gear. Sat Nav is useful, wet weather gear is essential, panniers depend on whether you intend to complete the trip in a day or not.
If you find that you are missing a vital piece of equipment, then you can pick up most motorcycle spares and accessories at your local Halfords when you don’t have a motorcycle store near you. In fact, this chain of car and motorcycle parts offers some very attractive Halfords promo codes to help reduce the cost of your ride and ensure you have everything you need no matter where you are in the UK!
All that remains then is to load your bike, collect a friend and hit the open road and rest assured to finish any of the routes with a bigger smile than if you had been to the fun-fair!
There’s no better way to explore Europe’s unique charm than on a motorcycle road trip. Go to BookMotorcycleTours.com and choose your next motorcycle tour in Europe!