FANCY A ROAD TRIP THIS AUTUMN?
With Covid measures lifting, we are out and about again but holidays abroad may still be restricted. If you fancy a staycation getaway this autumn, join A1 Clutches for three of the best to whet your getaway appetite.
THE NORTH COAST 500
One of the most beautiful routes in Scotland, favoured by motorists and bikers, this is a spectacular journey that shows Scotland as its very best. Breath-taking scenery and Scottish hospitality abound. This journey starts and ends in the lovely city of Inverness and is becoming more and more popular as holidaymakers take to their motorhomes and vehicles to discover the beauty of Scotland. Weaving along the west coast, you will take in the coastal village of Applecross, then head north to Torridon and Ullapool. Travelling further north, the road takes you to the top of the country, passing by Caithness and the famous John O’Groats before heading south on the east through Dingwall. The total journey is 516 miles, and it is strongly recommended to book your accommodation well in advance. Camping might be a good option too.
IRELAND & THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
The Wild Atlantic Way is 1600 miles and is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world, winding along the west coast of Ireland.
From the Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to beautiful Kinsale, near Cork, in the south. This route is breathtaking in its beauty as you travel along often rugged coastline, through pretty villages and discover ancient monuments. It is a wild terrain with tall cliffs, beautiful bays and long sandy beaches. Islands dot the coastline. Feel as though you are travelling back in time as you encounter the past in these often wild and remote places.
If you visit in October, the Kinsale annual Gourmet Food Festival is a must. Join visitors from all over the globe for a weekend of spectacular food, high jinks and plenty of Irish craic.
A LITERARY JOURNEY
Fancy following the footsteps of some of Britain’s most famous authors? Why not start your journey in Wiltshire and explore the landscape of celebrated author Jane Austen. Austen’s former home is in the village of Chawton, and she is buried at Winchester Cathedral. In Bath, you can visit many of the places featured in her novels, including the Assembly Rooms and the Jane Austen House or take a Jane Austin guided tour through the city.
In Dorset, you can enjoy a Thomas Hardy Trail, which will take you through villages and countryside featured in Hardy’s classic novels. Accommodation in traditional inns is recommended to savour the atmosphere.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford, and no visit to this area is complete without seeing Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, his wife’s childhood home. Shakespeare oozes from every building, from museums to traditional houses and the theatre with performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Again – book well in advance.
Head north to experience the Lake District and the beauty that has inspired many creatives, from authors to potters and poets. Beatrix Potter lived in Cumbria, as did William Wordsworth, and you can visit their former homes in Grasmere and Hill Top Farm, respectively.
Don’t forget that your vehicle needs to be in tip-top condition when travelling, and for all your clutch and gearbox needs, you can be sure that A1 Clutches will assist. Call our friendly customer service team today on 0121 522 2094.
Happy driving from all the team at A1 Clutches.