There’s no better feeling than getting behind the wheel and discovering the many great roads of the UK.

With so much beauty in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to discover, it’s no surprise that the UK has some of the most alluring driving roads. In fact, there are so many that we haven’t been able to include them all in this list of our top 10 UK best driving roads. (For example, we highly recommend the many scenic driving routes on the Isle of Wight and around the Lake District but we sadly couldn’t squeeze them on this list).

Still, this round-up of the best roads in the UK is quite impressive. From The Moffat Loop to The Atlantic Highway, these really are some of the best driving roads in Britain.

1. The EVO Triangle – Wales

Roads: A5, A543, B4501

With sweeping bends and fantastic views, the EVO Triangle is a scenic stretch of tarmac off the A5 road to Snowdonia, North Wales.

Including open vistas passing Lyn Brenig and into Cerrigydrudion, this picturesque route is definitely worth the slight 20-minute diversion off the main road. It’s free of crowds and a firm favourite among car magazine reporters and photographers – with scenic winds and switchback climbs, it’s really no wonder!

Top tip: Don’t miss a photo opportunity of low-flying jets! Not only is this one of the best driving roads UK, it’s also popular among military road aircrafts.

Distance and ideal duration: 20 miles, 20 minutes

2. Snake Pass (A57) – Peak District

Roads: A57

Linking Manchester and Sheffield, Snake Pass is one of Britain’s best driving roads. Crossing the Peak District, it passes through the National Trust’s High Peak Estate and the Pennines between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir to reveal scenic views of breathtaking natural landscapes.

Because of its high grounds and several sharp bends, the Snake Pass is also known as one of the most dangerous roads so take care while driving. Avoid the route during winter (it’s often closed anyway due to ice) and the views as you drive 512m above sea level will leave you in awe.

Top tip: Start the drive from Ladybower Reservoir, Ashopton to descend into Glossop. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see Manchester and beyond on a clear day.

Distance and ideal duration: 26.1 miles, 30 minutes or less

3. Moffat Loop – Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

Roads: A708, A707, A72, A701

Starting and finishing at Moffat, this scenic route takes you across the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Following rivers for most of its route, it reveals amazing views of St Mary’s Loch and Grey Mare’s Tail, one of the UK’s highest waterfalls.

Since it involves climbing out and onto the hills to get to Moffat’s steep valley, the drive isn’t one of the easiest to do. But it’s worth it. As well as the Loch and waterfall, you’ll see The Devil’s Beeftub landscape, Talla Reservoir and Moffat town.

Top tip: Tackle this route during April and catch The Moffat Rammy, Moffat’s annual folk music festival.

Distance and ideal duration: 95 miles, 2 hours, 20 minutes

4. The Cheddar Gorge – Bath to Cheddar, England

Roads: B3135, A37, B3135

Travelling through the Somerset countryside, The Cheddar Gorge is one of the best roads to drive in England. It comprises twisty roads, steep sections, sweeping curves and stunning cliff face views.

The route can be split into three main sections, with the first requiring ultimate concentration as it navigates tight turns and cliff faces at either side of the road. The second section sees long sweeping bends lined with trees, while the final section reveals long straights. With picturesque views of Somerset, it’s no wonder this route attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

Top tip: Take a break at Hartley’s Kitchen, halfway down the route. The breakfasts and lunches there are the best for miles!

Distance and ideal duration: 14 miles. Allow a minimum of 1-2 hours to properly take in the sights.

5. Cat and Fiddle – Peak District

Roads: A54, A537

Named after the pub at the route’s summit, the Cat and Fiddle is one of the most famous roads around the Peak District and one of the best roads in England. Popular among bikers thanks to its challenging bends, it takes you from Buxton to Macclesfield through the Peak District National Park.

It’s almost entirely covered by 50mph average speed cameras and for good reason. The severe turns and steppe falls are dangerous to navigate – so much so that the single track road has the nickname ‘the widow maker’. Still, those rocky walls should please any adrenaline lover.

Top tip: Tackle this route during summertime – the sunset views are indescribable!

Distance and ideal duration: 7.5 Miles, 13-25 minutes

6. Causeway Coastal Route – Northern Ireland

Roads: B15

Lining the Atlantic Coast, the Causeway Coastal Route serves up raw and rugged views as you drive from Belfast to Derry, Northern Ireland.

The route is actually made up of nine picturesque drives so you can take in as much (or as little) of the route as you’d like. Steeped in mythical stories, it’s both dramatic and beautiful with the Giant Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the Glens of Antrim just some of the remarkable sights and landmarks on its path.

Top tip: Take the short ferry from Ballycastle to Rathlin Island. Sights to see include an upside-down lighthouse and Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest licensed working distillery.

Distance and ideal duration: 120 miles, 3-5 days

7. North Coast 500 (NC500) – Scotland

Roads: Various coastal roads, Scotland

Described as ‘Scotland’s ultimate road trip’, the North Coast 500 comprises over 500 miles of spectacular scenery including white sand beaches, ancient castles, historic landmarks, remote fishing villages and rugged mountains.

Starting and ending at Inverness Castle in a loop, the NC500 offers one of the best opportunities outside of Scandanavia and Iceland to spot the Northern Lights – if you’re lucky and it’s not cloudy, that is. It’s also a must route for extreme sports enthusiasts – everything from diving to mountaineering is on offer!

Top tip: Stop off at Chanonry Point in the North for the chance to spot dolphins and seals off the coast.

Distance and ideal duration: 516 miles, 5-7 days

8. The Atlantic Highway – South West England

Roads: A39

Connecting Bath to Falmouth, The Atlantic Highway traverses the Somerset, Devon and Cornwall countrysides. It’s one of the longest roads in South West England and one of the best roads in the UK, with scenic villages, incredible views, dramatic coastlines, rolling hills and dense forests along the way.

This coastal path is often narrow, winding and challenging, making it popular among adventure-seekers. And there’s plenty to see and do on the route including walking paths, cycling trails, surfing spots, the jaw-dropping Tintagel Bridge and picturesque Port Isaac.

Top tip: Make time in your itinerary to explore the beautiful seaside town of Bude – a popular spot for surfing and watersports enthusiasts!

Distance and ideal duration: 243.5 miles, 8 hours

9. Glasgow to Fort William – Scotland

Roads: A82

The scenic route from Glasgow to Fort William is one of Scotland’s most beautiful road trips, taking in breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands and Loch Lomond.

To drive, it usually takes 2.5 hours (sometimes longer if there’s traffic) but it’s worth stretching it out and enjoying the many sights on the way. Notable stops worth making time for include the picturesque village of Luss, the Falls of Falloch, Bridge of Orchy, Loch Tulla, Glen Etive, Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe.

Top tip: Save space in your day for a pitstop at The Drovers Inn. First opened in 1705, this famous Scottish pub is a favourite with everyone from keen hikers to Gerard Butler.

Distance and ideal duration: 108 miles, 5 hours +

10. Black Mountain Road – Wales

Roads: A4069

Situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, this winding route takes you along the Black Mountains from Llandovery to Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen.

It’s a challenging drive, with high views, hairpin bends, tight sections and bumps along the way. After featuring in a 2011 episode of Top Gear, it quickly became a firm favourite with car magazine test drivers and the crowds later flocked there too. And with its stunning views of picturesque countrysides and the long, open road, it’s really no surprise.

Top tip: Avoid this route on weekends to steer clear of the tourists. You’ll have a better chance of being able to use the route’s several laybys to enjoy the views.

Distance and ideal duration: 14.8 miles

Now that you know more about the UK’s best driving roads, you’ll hopefully feel more inspired when planning your next road trip. And once you’ve decided which of the UK best roads you want to discover, find the perfect used car for your adventure on Motors.co.uk.