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July 8, 2019 / Comments (0)

5 Of The Best UK Driving Routes For Motorhomes & Campervans

While some people dream of packing their suitcase and boarding a plane, we like to get our old fashioned road map out and plan our next campervan trip!

When armed with the best camping awnings and camping equipment, a road trip can be the perfect holiday at any time of year!

If you need some inspiration on where to go in the UK, we’ve found some of the best UK driving routes for motorhomes and caravans, from the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish coast.

Read on to find out more about them…

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Cornwall Motorhome & Caravan Driving Routes

Tintagel Cornwall
  • Recommended length of trip: 7 days
  • Highlights: Beautiful coast & local craft beers

Cornwall is easily among the best spots for campervan driving routes. Home to an array of beautiful sandy beaches, moorland and breathtaking coastal landscapes, you’ll never be bored exploring its 400 miles of coastline!

The good news for campervanners is that Cornwall is also very accessible. Easy A-roads connect the area, though once off the main roads, there can be some trickier terrain! Some of the tighter lanes might require a little more caution, though as long as you drive considerately, you shouldn’t have too many problems.

From Exeter, the most direct route to Cornwall is along the A30 or A38. However, on a campervan holiday, we prefer to take the slower routes that have a little more to offer!

If you head into Cornwall along the north coast of Devon, you can enjoy a much more scenic route. Driving on the A39 Atlantic Highway, you can stop off at the likes of Exmoor, Tintagel Castle, Padstow, Newquay and many more outstanding areas!

You could then join the A30 to St Ives, where you can head along the quiet B3306 to St Just, for more stunning views. You can then circle back onto the A30 to the fantastic south coast, where you can stop off at Penzance before heading back up along the south coast.

Cornwall is blessed with numerous touring and camping sites, so you won’t be short of places to stop off, either!

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North Yorkshire Motorhome & Caravan Driving Routes

  • Recommended length of trip: 10 days
  • Highlights: Rolling moors & charming villages

North Yorkshire is made for driving holidays. The Moors and Dales offer endless opportunities for exploring, while if you head east, you can enjoy some sea air.

York is a great starting point for a motorhome route around North Yorkshire. If you head out along the A64, you can join the A169 at Malton, where you can head north into the North York Moors National Park through Pickering. There are a number of campsites you can stop off at to enjoy the breathtaking scenery here, before moving on.

Next, if you head back onto the A170 and go east, you can stop off at Scarborough where there is plenty to see and do! When you’re done, head up north along the A171 to Whitby for more seaside delights – including world famous fish and chips!

Next, you can circle back around the North York Moors, heading south on the A172 and A19. Carry on towards Harrogate, where there are plenty of villages to stop off at, including Knaresborough. If you want to see the Yorkshire Dales, continue on west – there are some fantastic caravan sites here for you stop over at, too.

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North Wales & Snowdonia Motorhome Driving Routes

Snowdonia National Park Snowdon
  • Recommended length of trip: 7 days
  • Highlights: Snowdonia & Bala Lake

North Wales offers some stunning routes for motorhomes and campervans – in large thanks to the magnificent scenery of Snowdonia!

For those heading in from the north, the A55 offers the quickest and most direct route. However, we would suggest taking the longer route down the A494. This will lead you to the beautiful Bala Lake, plus you can take a detour to Llangollen on the way, too. Bala lake is renowned for its watersports, so take your kayak if you’re also a fan!

Once you have entered Snowdonia National Park, you won’t be able to turn for breathtaking views! Head west and you’ll reach Portmeirion and Porthmadog – you’ll find an array of fantastic caravan sites here, plus plenty to see and do. Follow the A497 if you want to visit Criccieth Castle and the beaches Pwllheli and Abersoch.

Once you’re done, return to the A487 and head north. If you want to climb Snowdonia, take the directions for Llanberis. If you’d rather skip this part, you can carry on to Anglesea, where you will be spoiled for choice with a trove of caravan parks! Enjoy the beaches here before returning via the A55 for the coastal cruise back home.

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Scotland Motorhome & Campervan Driving Routes

  • Recommended length of trip: 12 days
  • Highlights: Rugged scenery & Edinburgh

Scotland is another area made for campervan trips! Here, the scenery is simply splendid, with rugged highlands offering ample ground for exploring.

One of the best motorhome driving routes in Scotland is to start from Glasgow and head north on the M80, coming off at the A84. This will take you straight into Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, one of the most stunning spots in the country.

After pitching up in a choice of caravan parks here, you can then carry on north towards the A9, which will lead you to the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park. You can carry on to Inverness, if you want to go further. From this point, you can keep on the A9 to John o’Groats – though you will have to park up and get a bus out to see it properly.

You can circle round the coast if you like, just make sure to stay on the A-roads – the B869 isn’t suitable for motorhomes.

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Northern Ireland Motorhome & Campervan Driving Routes

Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland motorhome trip
  • Recommended length of trip: 7 days
  • Highlights: Giant’s Causeway & Irish charm

If the Northern Ireland coastline doesn’t inspire you to pack up your caravan or campervan, then we don’t know what will – the Causeway Coastal route is often ranked among the best roadtrips in the world!

If you are arriving by car ferry from England, it’s best to arrive into Belfast from Glasgow, Liverpool or Holyhead. If you prefer to fly in, you can easily pick up a campervan hire on your arrival.

From here, you can start out by taking a minor detour to see the stunning views of Strangford Lough, before heading north along the A2 towards Carrickfergus. You can then follow the coast road all the way up to the renowned Giants Causeway – sure to be a highlight of your road trip!

Keeping on westwards, your next stops could include Castlerock and Magilligan Point, before heading back onto the A2 to Londonderry. For your return drive back to Belfast, you can zoom along the A6 to complete your loop.

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