A Thousand Roadtrips

Jaguar on the Isle of Skye, Scotland


I’ve driven on the Isle of Skye. We hired a Mercedes from Avis Prestige – a lovely car, but I was hoping for a Jag like the previous year – and set off from Fort William to Dunnet Head, the most northerly part of the British mainland. We may have spent a little too long at Eilean Donan, the glorious and much-photographed castle a little further south, and I was contemplating the chances of our arrival at the night’s accommodation before dusk.

Jenni and Mark at the end of Route 66 on Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica: end of the road

Jenni of Just Chasing Rabbits gives some reasons to visit the Santa Monic Pier. I can think of a dozen more, but really it’s because it’s fun.

I’ve been to Santa Monica Pier three times now. The first was when beginning a transcontinental odyssey. We’d driven down from San Francisco, we wanted to take a look at an American icon before heading up to Las Vegas, and we had a whale of a time, exploring and taking photographs and stuff. 

Traveling through southwest France for three weeks in a motorhome, just the two. Sounds superbe!

French Roaming

Kerri of Beer and Croissants describes three weeks touring France in a motorhome. Her amazing photographs of quaint villages, chateaux, green countryside, tranquil rivers, and spectacular surf beaches summon up a desire to do the same. 

I’m planning a French road trip next year. It will be my fifth, believe it or not, though only a few days; nothing compared to Kerri’s epic adventures. Still, there’s a lot to be said for pootling along French backroads, stopping in for lunch or coffee when an opportune moment appears. France is full of history, delicious food, great wine, and some wonderful scenery.

Scottish High Road

Scottish High Road

Angela and Graham of Mowgli Adventures give some practical advice on this classic Scottish road trip. I’ve actually driven most of this route a couple of times now, and I have got to say that it is one of the great road trips of the world. And I speak as someone who has done the Great Ocean Road, and a lot of Route 66 – once in a red Mustang.

The scenery is incredible. The Northwest, especially. Pick the right time of year, either spring or autumn in my opinion, and the roads are uncrowded, there are plenty of places to pull over for photographs, and the weather is clement. Well, usually. 

And the route is made up of great driving roads, mostly. Narrow, twisty, up hill and down dale, prepare to enjoy the trip. My son and I did it in a Jaguar, and it was exhilarating. We still talk about it.

Angela and Graham drove in a campervan, a far more practical vehicle, but their tips and pointers are relevant to all.