The best winter road trips ​

The UK has some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, from stunning coastlines and historic towns to luscious, green forests. These provide a breath-taking backdrop for some exciting road trips, and become even more beautiful when the leaves begin to fall, sunsets become lower and longer and winter sets in. And, although there are some additional safety precautions with winter driving in Britain, drivers are spoilt for choice when taking a road trip in the UK.

To mark the arrival of the Grandland X, which is taking the stress out of winter driving thanks to its innovative IntelliGrip control system, which ensures drivers get the right traction for the road condition, adaptive full-LED headlights and steering wheel heating; Southern has created a must-read guide on the most beautiful winter road trip holidays in the UK. What are you waiting for? Read on, grab your keys and let’s go.

The Scottish Highlands

There’s no denying it would be very easy to have a list alone featured on Scotland driving tour routes, but in the Scottish Highlands, in particular, there are plenty of spectacular drives. From the hills to Wester Ross Peninsula, through to the most northern points of Dunnet Head and Orkney, motorists can drive along beautiful winding roads providing top panoramic views of the stunning snow-swept landscape. For drivers up for the challenge, the phenomenon of the Northern Lights could be the reward the further north you go.


Where the countryside meets the coast, Cornwall can often be overlooked as a place to visit outside the peak summertime. Paddling in Perranporth in winter might not be for everyone, but Cornwall in the colder months has stunning lights in the harbourside villages, as the grass twinkles from the sparkling sea frost. For the ultimate driving tour of southern England, navigate the small coastal roads from Boscastle, heading north along the B3263 towards Bude, and you will find yourself cruising along one of Cornwall’s most scenic stretches of shoreline. The leisurely curves along the coast will take you past some of the highest cliffs in Cornwall that stand 223m above the sea level. The perfect place to eat a picnic from inside the comfort of your own car, if you can avoid leaving crumbs all over the seats.

Best winter road trips in the UK in 2017

Windermere, The Lake District

The snow-covered moors are the peak of adventure for a driving tour of England. Winter in the Lake District sees the entire countryside undergo a beautiful change in scenery; from miles of greenery to sweeping valleys of falling golden brown leaves. The Lake District becomes a complete different treasure with even greater sights of England’s largest lake, calm and still against backdrops of the mountainside and traditional towns. For one of the best driving tours of England, descend past the Low Wray campsite from Ornate Castle along the winding road until you reach the B5286 towards Ambleside. Here you will drive through two miles of the most attractive countryside and woodland, finding beautiful little nooks and crannies, such as beautifully crafted narrow bridges over the likes of the River Brathay and Rothay.

Some of the most spectacular UK driving tour routes

Broadway, The Cotswolds

With honey-coloured stone villages and beautiful rolling countryside, take a trip down one of the top UK driving tour routes, also appropriately named 'The Romantic Road'. This idyllic journey takes you on a drive through the quintessentially English countryside. You can breathe in the Cotswolds countryside as you head towards Broadway. Bourton-on-the-Water is known as the Little Venice of the Cotswolds and is very romantic and picturesque. By taking the smaller single track and B roads, the countryside will flaunt some of its real heritage with ancient Market towns, quaint riversides, meanders and stately homes. Flurries of snow across areas such as Stow-on-the-wold will only heighten your experience of a true winter wonderland.

Abergwesyn Pass – Powys, Wales

In winter, this route can be just as tricky to drive as it is to pronounce. Abergwesyn Pass, known as the Devil's Staircase, offers a feast of long straights, bridges, climbs, dips, hairpin bends and crests, so drivers can test their skills at the helm. However, you may want to take it in turns to be the driver else you may miss some breath-taking views. The flurries of snow across the forest landscapes are entwined with the backdrop of eye-catching mountains, making for the perfect roadside companion – don’t be put off by the name Devil’s Staircase either because the Grandland X will ensure you get a grip of winter and the roads thanks to its intelligent traction control systems. Set aside an hour of your day for this 11-mile thrill ride of hairpin bends along the route of Tregaron town to the Llyn Brianne reservoir. Remember to pick up a postcard too to really remember that driving experience.

From the snow-capped hills of the Highlands to the rugged coastal tracks of the Cornish coast, there are drives to suit all locations and mood. The elevated driver position of the Grandland X sits you higher to experience better visibility and a different outlook of the world, making it the perfect road trip companion. Whether it’s visiting loved ones for Christmas, taking the scenic route on the school run or simply blowing off some cobwebs and hitting the road, the new Grandland X will make your road trips just a little more… grand.

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