The UK’s Top 5 Romantic Road Trips to Drive this Valentine’s Day!

Only a few days to go until Valentine’s Day! And if you’re looking to plan the perfect date, why not really impress this year and take your other half on a romantic road trip? For inspiration, we’ve done the research for you to find the UK’s top 5 romantic routes. Read on and see which you would want to visit for a Valentine’s treat!

Andrew Jervis, Co-Founder of ClickMechanic, said: “A scenic road trip is a perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. It’s a chance to explore some amazing new places together from the comfort of your car, which is particularly a bonus given the weather! Just remember to share the choice of music…”

1. The North Coast 500, Scotland

For a truly breath-taking and adventurous drive, Scotland’s North Coast 500 is your ideal choice for this Valentine’s Day. Beginning and ending in the northern city of Inverness, this route skirts around the Scottish coast, covering over 500 miles of unparalleled scenery.

Along the ride, you can visit a number of impressive structures including the famed 1000-year-old ruins of Urquhart Castle on the Loch Ness banks. You can also discover some of the concealed and untouched beaches on the route; be sure to visit Moray Firth, home to around 130 bottlenose dolphins! Finally, it goes without saying that the road will also take you through some stunning views of the highlands, which alone are worth the trip! Be sure to save some time for this journey however, 5-7 days of traveling are recommended to take in all of the sights.

2. The New Forest

Offering both beautiful and relaxed surroundings, driving through the New Forest is a brilliant option for couples who are looking to take it easy and soak up the sun (hopefully!). Being less than one minute’s drive from the M27, it is easily accessible with countless activities and sights available for visitors.

Picturesque villages are scattered throughout the area, not to mention thousands of wild ponies and donkeys also roam-free, so take care on the road! For keen animal lovers, the New Forest Wildlife Park at Ashurst offers the chance to get up close and personal with some of the local wildlife. And for those that appreciate cars, The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu features over 250 vehicles and recounts the history of motoring. So there really is something for everyone! If you’re unsure of which route to take, the New Forest Tour offers an open-top safari-style tour of the area and covers three key routes to see all of the best sights.

3. The Dark Hedges, Ballymore, Northern Ireland

Any Game of Thrones fan will recognise this road; it is also known as King’s Road during Season two of the famous fantasy series, where Arya Stark travels north. While it is simply an avenue of beech trees folding into one another, the overall effect creates a true sense of fairy-tale wonder as you pass through it.

This inspiring formation, or the Dark Hedges as it is actually known, was planted two centuries ago to decorate the entrance of Gracehill House, a Georgian mansion. Today, it has become a renowned spot for photographs in Northern Ireland and attracts visitors from far and wide. Sadly, due to recent damage, it can no longer be driven directly down by motorists; however, there is parking nearby at the Hedges Estate Hotel and it is more than worth the walk for this enchanting experience. It is indeed a beautiful road to visit this Valentine’s Day.

4. The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is renowned for its scenic, picture-postcard villages and for the natural beauty of its countryside; just two reasons for being a perfect drive on February 14th!

But if you’re wondering which route to take to get the best views, why not follow the aptly named Romantic road? Cotswolds.info has mapped out its own circular route from Broadway which passes through Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water, taking the driver through a number of impressive sights. You will have the chance to explore the famed beauty of the Cotswold hill villages as well as the quaint river valleys and the charmingly idyllic country pubs. Covering 45 miles in total, it’s also more than suitable for a day trip!

5. The Lake District

As England’s largest National Park, the Lake District is filled with breath-taking scenery and raw, natural beauty. With an incredible mountainous landscape combined with vast lakes and, of course, countless activities available, each valley will not fail to please!

While the sheer size of this National Park means the possible driving routes are essentially endless, if you’re looking for guidance, Lake District Drives lists 15 possible routes to choose from. However, for a truly romantic experience, the Keswick to Borrowdale to Buttermere drive is a great pick. It features some of the most stunning sights of the mountain passes and allows you to stop and explore places such as Lodore Falls waterfall and Honister Slate Mine. The route covers 38 miles in total.

The Top 5 Personalised Gifts for Car Lovers This Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is just over two weeks away, and if you’re a little fed up with the traditional flowers, chocolate and restaurant combination, why not try a more personal approach? Before you jump to conclusions, we’re talking about the perfect, personalised gifts to suit car lovers. Read on to see our top 5 gift ideas for motor-enthused loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Andrew Jervis, Co-Founder of ClickMechanic, said: “Any motoring enthusiast would welcome these creative, personalised gifts. Whether you’re shopping on a budget or looking to splurge, there’s something for everyone!”

1. Hand Drawn Car Illustration

Want to add a bit of culture to this Valentine’s Day – why not request a hand-drawn illustration of your other half’s pride and joy? You can transform a favourite photo into ink and watercolour, giving the car a truly timeless presentation. You can even personalise it further by adding wording and selecting from an array of frames!

Should you be stuck between two photos or, indeed, two cars, there’s also the option to order two illustrations in a double mount.

Personalised Hand Drawn Car Illustrations are available from notonthehighstreet from £67.

2. Milk Chocolate Car

OK, so we said no chocolate, but when is chocolate unwelcome? Thorntons’ Milk Chocolate Car is a sweet and simple gift; the perfect choice for any car-loving chocoholic. To make it more special, you can add a personalised name or message on the car for free. This sweet ride won’t be around for long this Valentine’s Day!

The Milk Chocolate Car is available from Thorntons for £6.

3. Personalised Salt and Pepper Cars

Why not introduce your gift alongside dinner this year? These sleek looking salt and pepper cars come with removable satin-finished ‘drivers’ and can even be rolled across the table to your partner! This is an affordable, yet luxurious gift which is bound to impress any vintage racing fans.

Each can be personalised with your favourite racing numbers or with initials of your choice. No doubt, bringing these to the dinner table will give a whole new meaning to fast food!

The Personalised Salt and Pepper Racing Cars are available from Me and My Car from £30.

4. Personalised License Plate

If your partner has always been keen to personalise their license plate, but struggles to choose, perhaps you could make the decision for them? The options really are limitless and, of course, you have the dangerous responsibility of deciding what it will read!

Using the DVLA, you can register to auction, or buy outright, specific initials and can even see what the plate would look like on the car in question. The classic, rarer plates are obviously much more expensive and can arguably be seen as an investment. However, the simpler initials are more affordable – minimum bids in the auction start from under £100.

Personalised licence plates are available to buy from the DVLA.

5. Supercar Driving for Two

The Supercar Driving for Two experience is perfect for those who are interested in the core fundamentals of cars – namely the driving. What’s more, it’s an ideal gift for this romantic day as you can both take part and select one vehicle each from your favourite supercars. The impressive list of options includes: Ferrari 360, Lamborghini Gallardo, Aston Martin AMV8 and Audi R8.

Available to book in several locations across the UK, you will take to the track for 3 to 4 laps (depending on the location) and see what your chosen supercar can do!

The Supercar Driving for 2 package is available from Experience Days from £149.