Looking for the ultimate staycation? We’ve lined up three of the best road trips the UK has to offer – from quiet lakes and mountain vistas to rolling hills and fun towns. And the most exciting part? These can all be done in an electric car! All of the places we map out have lots of charging points (even in the most remote of destinations). You simply need to pop onto ZapMap and find a spot to charge.
So whether you want to show your family the incredible scenery of Britain, get away with friends or take a couple’s trip, these EV-friendly road trips will please everyone.
Lake District to York
About 102 miles.
Start at the Lake District...
Perfect for adventurers – the Lake District is the ideal place for cycling, hiking, climbing and getting out onto the water. If you want a challenge you can hike to the very top of Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England. Take the whole family on a stunning bike ride through the hills or you can take a day trip out on the lakes.
Next stop… Yorkshire Dales. Drive down through the rolling Dales where you can visit the historic Bolton Abbey – a 12th century monastery – and either walk to the top of Pen-y-Ghent, or explore its caves.
Next stop… Harrogate. This spa town is the perfect place for a little relaxation – treat yourself to an afternoon in the Turkish Baths and wander the Valley Gardens. Or for a taste of history, visit the Old Manor House – previously Guy Fawkes’ childhood home. Also, no trip to Harrogate is complete without a visit to the iconic Betty’s tearoom for the best afternoon tea of your life.
Last stop… York. This beautiful small city is packed full of history and the official home of the Viking. Get your history fix by walking the old walls of York which wrap the city, or visit the Jorvik Viking Museum and Clifford’s Tower. Don’t miss the stunning Minster Cathedral and quaint independent shopping in the winding Shambles.
Charging: driving straight from the Lake District to York is 102 miles. However, as you'll be going on detours and day trips along the way you will need to charge up about halfway into your journey. Your charging will depend on your car – they range from 125 miles up to 350 miles on a single charge.
Loch Lomond to Inverness
About 138 miles.
Start at Loch Lomond...
Here you can hike a Munro (peak), go bouldering, take a leisurely cruise, take the family camping or just stroll along the shore admiring the lake! You’ll see plenty of wildlife including red deer among the many oak woodlands. Don’t forget to visit Balloch Castle while you’re in the area – beautiful ruins set among a picturesque park.
Next stop… Fort William.
This route slowly heads north and the next stop is Fort William where you can jump on the Jacobite Train – a vintage steam railway, walk some of the stunning Great Glen Way, or visit the Ben Nevis distillery – where you’ll enjoy guided tours of the 19th century distillery and some tastings!
Next stop… Drumnadrochit.
This small and gorgeous town right on the Loch Ness makes a great stop off. Our first suggestion? Walk some of the 23-mile freshwater lake for jaw-dropping views and ruins along the way. Pop into Urquhart Castle which dates back to 1509, and make sure you visit the Falls of Foyers waterfall and hiking trail area.
Last stop… Inverness.
Inverness is a very pretty old town with the River Ness slicing through its heart. You could easily spend your time wandering around the small centre admiring the architecture. However, don’t miss Inverness Castle, Balnain House and museum, and the Victorian Market where you can pick up all kinds of goodies.
If you have time to leave the centre go to the Clava cairn – a type of Bronze Age circular tombs, which lie opposite to Culloden Battlefield; where the last battle of the Jacobite Rising took place.
Charging: driving straight from Loch Lomond to Inverness is 138 miles. You'll need to charge up about halfway into your journey. Your charging will depend on your car – they range from 125 miles up to 350 miles on a single charge.
The Brecon Beacons to Brighton
About 285 miles.
Start in the Brecon Beacons.
The Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales has so much to offer visitors – natural caves, castles, museums, and old industrial mines; as well as a wealth of outdoor sports activities. Hike to the highest peaks or explore deep gorges in woodland areas for spectacular waterfalls. There are walks to suit all - from tough hikes to slow ambles for families.
Next stop… Cotswolds.
Ah the Cotswolds: rolling hills, thatched medieval villages, striking churches and stately homes built from the local yellow limestone. Distinct in both landscape and architecture the Cotswold is perfect for a sunny walk and picnic or cosying up by the fire after a wet winter’s walk. Try and join some of the 102-mile Cotswold Way walking trail, which follows the Cotswold Edge escarpment from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north.
Next stop… Bath.
Every view in Bath is a beautiful one – simply walking the lively streets, strolling down by the river and ambling through Royal Victoria Park can easily take a whole day. For book lovers out there visit the Jane Austen Centre. For historians take a walk around the Roman baths. Or if you just want to take it easy go to the spa and sit in the outside hot tub overlooking the city. And don’t miss out on eating a Sally Lunn bun!
Next stop… Winchester.
At the start of the South Downs Way and next to the New Forest Winchester is a great base to explore nature. Cycle through the New Forest among wild ponies and scrubland, get some awesome views from the hilly walks surrounding the city, and visit the atmospheric 13th century Great Hall.
Last stop… Brighton.
Your last stop is Brighton. Don’t miss rambling through the colourful cobbled lanes, enjoying a beach-side lunch and visiting the Pavilion. You can shop and eat to your heart’s delight but if you fancy stepping outside the city try a walk at Cuckmere Haven – stunning views of the river as it winds down to meet the sea. Plus you can canoe, bike or swim here.
Charging: driving straight from the Brecon Beacons to Brighton is 285 miles. You'll probably need to charge up once or twice during your trip depending on how many detours you take. Your charging will depend on your car – they range from 125 miles up to 350 miles on a single charge.
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