The 5 Best UK Driving Roads
Glasgow to Fort William – A82
This 140-mile route along the A82 begins in the heart of Glasgow, travelling northwest through some of the city’s famous suburbs including, Kelvinside, Anniesland, and Clydebank before heading North along one of the most dangerously narrow roads in Scotland, peppered with hairpin bend around the shores of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. Travelling on to Fort William you pass Rannoch Moor and go through Glen Coe. From Fort William, the road skirts the west coast of Loch Ness, with stunning views of Ben Nevis in the background.
Black Mountain Pass – A4069
Stray sheep and difficult bends are some of the pleasures of traversing this 23 mile stretch rising to a height of 493m (1,617ft)over the Black Mountain, in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. This is a challenging road which since being featured on BBC’s Top Gear, attracts drivers, but watch out for Mobile Speed Cameras (hidden in things like horse boxes, and workmen trucks). The road connects Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen with Llandovery via Brynamman and Llangadog.
The Cat and Fiddle – A537
This 12.5 miles rollercoaster of a road runs through the Peak District National Park from Buxton to Macclesfield. Considered one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, it presents a challenge to motorists and motorcyclist alike with its steep climb, stray sheep and many tight bends. The biscuit tin views are well worth the effort though. The route gets its name from the Cat and Fiddle pub at the summit.
The Evo Triangle – A543, A5 and B4501
So named because EVO Magazine road test cars they review along with it. Sweeping bends and beautiful, big sky scenery takes the driver on a 20-mile circular route over Welsh moorland. The drive incorporates a stunning view of the Llyn Brenig Lake as you drive onto Pentrefoelas before heading back to the village of Cerrigydrudion
The Buttertubs Pass
This route from Thwaite to Hawes takes the driver through 5.5 miles of the Yorkshire Dales along a C road referred to as “England’s only truly spectacular road” by Jeremy Clarkson; a Yorkshire man himself. The scenery is spectacular, beginning with a steep climb for the first couple of miles out of Thwaites to the peak which provides views of the dramatic limestone scenery and the potholes formed by the rock face where it is said, farmers used to store their butter; hence the name. From the peak, the road descends rapidly through High Shaw and Simonstone into Hawes where you might just be able to pick up some real Wensleydale cheese.