Roads to Romance 2023

From the stunning Dorset coast, all the way to the spectacular Scottish wildlands, rediscover your love of driving or riding with our five amazing road trips...

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1/5: NC500

For many road-trip connoisseurs, the NC500 is the ultimate bucket-list trip that the UK has to offer - a 500-mile odyssey into the spectacular grandeur of Scotland’s awesome wildlands.

Ascending the fearsome Bealach Na Ba, crossing the desolate moorland of West Sutherland, stopping for delicious and fresh local food along the way – the NC500 is the trip of a lifetime.

Start point: Inverness

End point: Inverness

Not to be missed: Kylesku Bridge



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2/5: The Lake District

Leaving the M6 plunges you into an ageless landscape of rolling green fields, knitted together by bare drystone walls.

Eventually, the gentle hills become jagged peaks, and soon you’ll find yourself picking a route between glittering lakes and mighty mountain passes.

Start point: Keswick

End point: Strumble Head Lighthouse

Not to be missed: Wrynose Pass



Get more from your road trip as an Advanced Driver or Rider

Regardless of on-road ability, our courses can help you to become a more skilful driver or rider - helping you to get more out of your vehicle and enjoy your time on the road. If you're considering one of our courses, or perhaps are already an Advanced Driver or Rider, these five road trips are the perfect opportunity to put your Advanced Skills to the test.

We asked 2,500 Advanced Drivers and Riders who passed their course what benefit they’d seen. Here’s what they had to say:

99% said the course improved their driving/riding

90% said it gave them greater awareness of other road users

66% said it helped them avoid a crash or on-road incident

Find out more about our courses:



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3/5: The Wye Valley

Get your pulses racing with an exhilarating detour along the rollercoaster B4358 from Beulah to Newbridge, then relax with a more leisurely drive alongside the River Wye, through Builth Wells and on to Hay-on-Wye.

Follow signs for Capel-y-ffin to part company with the River Wye, and begin to hug the English border as you make your steady ascent up to Gospel Pass, Wales’s highest road. Provided the road is open to traffic – check for seasonal closures – you’ll take in beautiful valley views while taking care to avoid any free-roaming sheep! The road then meanders through the forest, past the stunning secluded ruin of Llanthony Priory, before carrying you down to Abergavenny.

Start point: Beluah

End point: Abergavenny

Not to be missed: Llanthony Priory



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4/5: Northern Ireland

A multi-day adventure sprawling over most of Northern Ireland and ticking off the major must-sees along the way.

The loop starts in Belfast before striking north, kissing the north coast, and then heading west to hug the border with The Republic of Ireland. Then you’ll explore the amazing Marble Arch caves in the South-East before touching Lough - the largest lake in the British Isles, on the journey back to Belfast.

Start point: Belfast

End point: Belfast

Not to be missed: The Giant’s Causeway



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5/5: Dorset

Dorset’s rugged coastline – only an hour or two from London – offers some of The most iconic and stunning scenery in the UK.

Start your tour in the pretty market town of Wareham, the gateway to the Purbeck hills, through Corfe Castle and out to the breathtaking golden sands of the Studland beaches. Beyond the beaches, marvel at the gorgeous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, and indulge in a luxurious cream tea along the way.

Start point: Shell Bay National Trust Car Park

End point: East Beach Car Park, West Bay

Not to be missed: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

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Tips: Road Trip Essentials

Are you planning a romantic road trip this Valentine’s Day? Or maybe a family getaway over half term?

Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart Chief Examiner, shares his 10 road trip essentials that you mustn’t forget.


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We exist to improve the standards of driving and riding on UK roads, and improve the standards of road safety across the country - primarily through delivery of the Advanced Test. We also deliver a range of other training and driving support, as well as informing and influencing government and key decision-makers.



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Once you pass your test, speak to your local group about what opportunities they have available.

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