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Top 5 drives

Britain’s most scenic drives

Driving over Tower Bridge

Who doesn’t love a road trip? There’s no better way to take in the stunning scenery of Britain’s countryside, coastlines and cityscapes than with a drive along some of our very best roads. Here are our favourite five to get you started:

1. North Northumberland Heritage Coast

If you're looking for dramatic scenery, this coastal drive has it in spades. Stretching from the Scottish border to Druridge Bay on the North-East coast of England, this 40-mile (65km) route is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so don't forget your camera.

If you can tear your eyes away from the wild British coastline, look out for the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - which is cut off by the sea each day at high tide - and the medieval Bamburgh Castle - one of a string of castles along this route.

2. A82, Scottish Highlands

If you make just one road trip in Scotland, make it this one. The 167 mile-long (269km) A82, connects the cities of Glasgow and Inverness, taking in the stunning Scottish Highlands along the way.

On exiting Glasgow, the A82 takes you alongside Loch Lomond and the soaring mountain peaks of Glencoe. But the views don’t stop there; on the approach to Fort William, you’ll see none other than the magnificent Ben Nevis , and just a few miles later find yourself at the legendary Loch Ness .

3. Central London

Time your journey right and driving through the capital can be magical. Cross Tower Bridge from the south, passing the Tower of London on the way, and follow the Victoria Embankment along the River Thames.

You'll see the spectacular London Eye across the water, and Big Ben at the top of the Embankment. Turn onto Whitehall and give Nelson a wave at Trafalgar Square . Finally The Mall presents a glorious tree-lined stretch that brings you to the gates of Buckingham Palace .

4. Belfast to Londonderry

The 120-mile (193km) drive between Northern Ireland’s two biggest cities takes you along the windswept cliffs and unspoilt beaches of the Causeway Coast. From the lush green splendour of the Glens of Antrim, the road takes you to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway .

The final stretch passes the imposing Binevenagh Mountain, before taking you into the fascinating city of Londonderry.

5. The Black Mountain Pass, Wales

Nestled in the east of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Black Mountains are some of Wales’ highest peaks. The Black Mountain Pass wrinkles across the face of the mountains for five miles (it’s part of the A4069), dipping, twisting and climbing quite sharply. This may not be the easiest road to drive along, but the magnificent views are unforgettable.