The Most Romantic Drives for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and wouldn’t it be wonderful just to drive off into the sunset with our loved one by our side?

There are many supposedly romantic drives in the world. Even if it is not possible to do one this particular year then why not put one of the Ten Trips below on your bucket list to do sometime in the future?

1. London to Edinburgh: Let’s start off with a big one! If you have the opportunity, take a leisurely drive from one UK capital to another, enjoying some of Britain’s best national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty as you go. Plan a route that explores both inland and coastal regions and take time to fully appreciate what this country has to offer.

2. The North Coast 500, Scotland: If you prefer to stay north of the border then consider this 500 mile drive round the Scottish coast that starts and ends in Inverness. You will see some amazing scenery and a number of famous landmarks along the way, including Loch Ness, the 1000-year-old ruins of Urquhart Castle and Moray Firth beach – home to 130 bottlenose dolphins.

3. The New Forest: This area is easily accessible – less than one mile from the M27. It is the perfect setting for a romantic road trip. There are idyllic glades, ancient woodland, open moors, heathland and cliff top walks, and a wide range of activities. The New Forest is also an animal lovers’ paradise where ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer roam free.

4. The Cotswolds: The Cotswolds are full of beautiful villages, quaint idyllic country pubs and pretty houses. For a wonderful day trip you can take a carefully designed circular route known as Romantic Road. Its meandering route starts and ends in Broadway in Worcestershire. The route passes through several pretty cotswold villages, including Bourton on the Water – the so-called Little Venice of the Cotswolds. You will also see a stately home, an ancient market town, an intriguing manor house and a folly on this picturesque drive.

5. The Lake District: The Lake District is home to the largest National Park in England filled with breathtaking scenery. Its sheer size provides many different driving routes, amidst the raw, natural beauty of hillsides and mountains. One particularly romantic experience – covering 38 miles – is the drive from Keswick to Buttermere. This drive features some stunning sights of the mountain passes. En route you will be able to stop and explore places such as Lodore Falls waterfall and Honister Slate Mine.

6. Newport to Anglesey: This is a lovely drive that starts off along the coast road. You will enjoy spectacular  views over Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia’s moors and mountains. You will pass through the enchanting village of Portmeirion and see the great Caernarvon Castle standing proudly on the coast. Once at Anglesey you can explore Llanddwyn Island and walk along its ‘Beach of Romance’ – named after Dwynwen, Wales’s own patron saint of lovers.

7. The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland: This spectacular avenue of proud old beeches (pictured) features a tunnel of interwoven branches that create a mysterious and enchanting ambience.

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It has always been a popular tourist destination but has risen to further prominence in recent years due to  being the location of the King’s Road in Game of Thrones. Ballymoney is also surrounded by a richness of picturesque Northern Irish countryside.

8. The Romantic Road, Germany: Slightly further afield, this spectacular drive incorporates the two historic cities of Würzburg and Augsburg, and the three walled towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen. You will also see Neuschwanstein Castle and the foothills of the Alps along this picturesque route. Not to mention an abundance of cosy hostelries providing a wonderful variety of local wine.

9. The Amalfi Coast, Italy:  Still in Europe, the Amalfi Coast is a heartbreakingly wonderful romantic drive. Quaint little villages are scattered over the sides of spectacular mountains that cascade down to the glittering Mediterranean. Beautiful towns such as Positano, Ravello and Amalfi itself have lots to explore during the day and look stunning when lit up at night. The whole experience is accompanied by amazing food and wine at every turn. What’s not to like?!

10. Route 66 USA: Last but not least is one of the most famous drives of all. Route 66 was created in 1926 as one of the America’s first numbered highways.It originally stretched 2,451 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica in California. However it has now lost various sections to state roads, local roads, private drives and even grass – so is more of a series of discontinuous historic byways rather than a complete route. However, some substantial stretches remain open – particularly the 320-mile south-western Arizona section from the Petrified Forest to Kingman. To see what is open and plan your route, check out this Route 66 planner.

So, some amazing drives are out there waiting for you!

But if time and money are not going to enable you to enjoy one of the above trips this Valentine’s Day then how about your own version of a romantic drive? You don’t have to go far. You could even surprise your other half by making it a bit of a magical mystery tour!

For example, you could include:

  • a drive to your local beauty spot where you can sit and watch the moon and stars away from the lights of your city or town. Take a flask of something lovely to keep you warm and just enjoy some quiet time together.
  • a place that means something special to you as a couple. Perhaps the place where you first met or had your first date. You may want to recreate that experience now!
  • a significant (but happy!) place from their past. For example their old school or family home. Then take them back to your current home for drinks or a lovely meal.

Wherever you drive this Valentine’s Day – near or far – all of us at Logbook Loans wish you bon voyage and a wonderful time.