Wishlist: Dreamy Drives in the UK & Ireland

I’m really ashamed to say that I haven’t explored much of the UK and I’ve never been to Ireland. Sure, I’ve been on a few city breaks, I’ve spent a few intoxicated weekends in Wales and most recently a coastal caravan holiday in Cornwall but overall there’s a lot of our fair isles that I’ve never visited.

We’re incredibly lucky that our roads are so well connected (you’d never hear me praising the roads at rush hour on a Friday though, that I’ll tell you) so really I have no excuse. As such, I thought I’d hop back onto the blogging bus (bus – driving – geddit?!) with a couple of delightful looking drives I’d love to go on.

Black Mountain Road Wales

Image of Black Mountain Pass credit to fromthevalleys via Flickr under Creative Commons

Military Road – Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has been high on my list of ‘to visit’ places for a long time and it’s the scenery that makes me really want to go. Military Road is a coastal road from Chale in the east to Freshwater Bay in the west; a drive along which features beautiful view of the Isle of Wight coastline. Just imagine the instagram snaps!

Aran Islands – Galway

The Irish Cultural Drives eBook created by Chill Insurance suggests spending time ‘Island hopping around the Aran Islands’ and with such amazing views of the Atlantic, this is a suggestion I could totally get behind. The islands are just off the coast of Galway Bay in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way. Whilst a visit would also include a ferry journey over to the islands it’s slightly cheating on the old ‘drive’ thing, but hey – driving to the ferry terminal counts. The Aran Islands are formed of three islands – Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer and are home to sandy beaches, cliffs and unique plant life.

Black Mountain Road – Brecon Beacons

Driving through windy country roads towards Bala in the rain and pitch darkness a few years ago was not my favourite however, as anyone who has driven through Wales in the daytime will attest, it is host to a number of beautifully scenic drives. Arguably one of the most scenic is the Black Mountain Road, which snakes throughout the Brecon Beacons landscape and is a route I’d like to experience. In the day. When it’s dry.

So that’s it – three dreamy drives I’d love to take. Preferably as a passenger so I can indulge in the views. Do you have any recommendations of places I could add to my list?