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English road trip inspiration

Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental has put together a list of Scottish road trips to suit every traveller.

For the foodies

If you love your grub, take your next #RentalRoadTrip to Yorkshire. Home to a wealth of Michelin star restaurants and bursting with traditional cuisine, Yorkshire is the place to set your sights on if you’re looking for a weekend of indulgence.

Sample the famous fish and chips in Whitby, a seaside town with painted cottages and a natural harbour that’s around an hour’s drive from York. Planning your next trip for September? Good news – the next York Food and Drink Festival is running from 21st to 30th September.

From Whitby, make your way along either the A171 or A66 to Harrogate and visit one of the many breweries to try some real Yorkshire ale. If you do plan to indulge, make sure there’s a designated driver – or maybe it’s a great excuse to stay overnight in Harrogate!

The next stop on your mini Yorkshire food tour is Hawes to visit the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre to stock up on Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese. The visitor centre now includes an interactive experience and the opportunity to make your own cheese.

There are lots of things to see (and eat!) in and around the Yorkshire area. Why not have a break and take advantage of our great weekend rates?

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For a romantic getaway

If you’re needing to get away from the stresses of life and spend some quiet and peaceful time with your other half, the Cotswolds is the ideal place.

The villages in the Cotswolds attract thousands of tourists each month and it’s no surprise why. Whether you’re strolling through the botanical gardens or enjoying the views from Cleeve Hill, the Cotswolds is the perfect backdrop for a romantic break.

While you’re there, be sure to drive the circular route from Broadway, unsurprisingly known as the ‘Romantic Road’. This hidden gem, consisting mainly of 'B' roads and ungraded single-track roads, is rarely busy with traffic, even during peak tourist season.

The route only spans 45 miles, so the Romantic Road can be experienced in a day – great for celebrating an anniversary or special occasion. On the drive you’ll experience the stunning scenery of rolling green countryside and quaint villages.

Finish in Stanton where the main street ends on the top of a hill and enjoy a bite to eat or something to drink while taking in the views over Stanton’s rooftops and valleys.

The most romantic thing of all, though, is to share the driving! To make sure that you both get the most out of your road trip, ask about our additional driver cover.

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For the families

Bath is perhaps not the first place that springs to mind when it comes to a fun-filled family weekend break, but it’s the ideal location with something to suit all ages.

The Roman Baths are a must-see when visiting Bath and they’re only a short drive from the city centre. While you’re there don’t forget to – quite literally – enjoy the real taste of Bath by taking a sip of the thermal spa water!

Bath has lots offer when it comes to keeping everyone entertained. From art galleries to quirky independent shops, it’s also home to a plethora of pubs, cafés and restaurants.

Long-distance driving can be stressful, especially if you’re travelling with a big brood. Bath is perfect because it’s surrounded by loads of great places that aren’t too far away. Bristol is just a short drive along the A4 and well worth a day trip, or perhaps you could soak up the rays on Weston-Super-Mare beach or explore the real-life fairy tale that is Blaise Castle. If you’re travelling in the opposite direction of Bath then a drive down the A36 will take you to Longleat Safari park.

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When hiring a car for your family weekend break, remember to ask for child car seats, which are available for only £1 per day.

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