Scotland’s North Coast 500 has been crowned the UK’s best drive by British motorists, according to a survey conducted by budget car brand Dacia .
The study of 2,000 motorists uncovered the ultimate UK road trips, with over nine in 10 (96%) stating that the UK has the world’s best drives.
The longlist was created by a panel of top travel experts which was then put to a public vote to identify the best UK autumnal road trips.
UK’s best drives
- The North Coast 500 route starting from Inverness, Scotland
- The Coastal Way, Wales
- The Jurassic Coast, from Poole to Lyme Regis
- Cheddar Gorge through the Mendip Hills
- Causeways Coastal Route, Belfast to Derry/Londonderry
- Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District
- The Cotswolds to Bath
- Cat and Fiddle route (A53 then A54 followed by the A537) in the Peak District
- Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire
- Snowdonia’s Llanberis Pass, Wales
The research also revealed that Brits take on average three road trips each month, with 90% of Brits saying that driving across the UK’s most iconic roads tops their bucket list.
Dramatic landscapes, coastal beaches, and country roads make up the most important factors for Brits when planning a UK road trip.
To celebrate the nation’s most desirable road trip locations, Dacia is launching a limited-edition range of car air fresheners.
Reinventing the ‘new car smell’ and transporting the public – through scent – from everyday errands to beautiful British landscapes, the brand has partnered with award-winning perfumer, 4160 Tuesdays. Together, they have captured the authentic scents of the most loved British road trips in all their sensual glory.
“The UK is the ultimate playground for adventurous motorists,” said Luke Broad, Dacia UK Brand Director.
“There’s nothing quite like the refreshing aroma of the rolling hills, coastal wind and, er, cheese, to get you in the road trip mindset. Our custom range of air fresheners bring the essence of Great Britain’s favourite destinations right into your car. It’s Dacia’s take on the ‘new car smell’.”
The scents include:
- Scent-sational Highlands (North Coast 500, Scotland) – Scent of earth and sea with pine trees and wild raspberries, with subtle notes of haggis
- The Coastal Whiff (The Coastal Way, Wales) – Seashore aroma with extra added daffodils, and a faint undertone of brine
- The Jura-scent Coast (The Jurassic Coast, England) – Seashore plus ancient fossils and ice cream
- Eau de Gorge-ous (The Cheddar Gorge, England) – Moss, rocks, thyme, geranium and grass, with gentle hints of cheddar cheese