Are These Britain’s Most Instagrammable Roads?

Tue 10th May 2022

While many countries might claim to have the most scenic drives in the world, from the Pacific Coast Highway in Calfornia, Amalfi Coast in Italy and the Ruta 40 in Argentina, most of those destinations are simply out of reach for those based in the UK.

But for those looking for beautiful journeys closer to home, a new list might just be providing some instantly Instagrammable drives.

Performance car brand Abarth has put together list of 20 most picturesque drives in the British Isles and cross referenced them with hashtag mentions on Instagram to provide the ultimate list of breathtaking routes.

Those based in England might have a bit of a journey to get to the top two spots in Abarth’s list, however with the Wild Atlantic Way claiming a stunning 1,570,313 hashtags and the Ring of Kerry also claiming 222,293 it might just be worth catching that ferry across the Irish Sea.

Scotland’s North Coast 500 is third on the list (141,529 hashtags), England’s Chedder Gorge (84,162) comes fourth, with the Elan Valley in Wales (53,204) claims fifth spot.

England and Wales claimed 16 spots in the top 20, with some breathtaking scenery to take in no matter what car you are driving.

he British Isles has some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery to be experienced and especially so right from the driving seat. From sweeping mountain passes, through peaks and valleys to dramatic coastlines, the UK and Ireland has it all on offer,” said Greg Taylor, Fiat and Abarth UK Managing Director.

“Abarth cars thrive on these sorts of roads so we wanted to put a list together of the routes that we know would will thrill drivers and car enthusiasts, not only covering the most exciting roads, but also the most visually show stopping drives. Clearly, they’re also great places to capture spectacular pictures of an Abarth against a backdrop that would rival anywhere in the world.”

Abarth’s Top Twenty UK and Ireland Roads

 

Driving Road Name

Country, county or region

Number of hashtags

1

Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland

1,570,313

2

Ring of Kerry

Ireland, Iveragh Peninsula in southwest and County Kerry

222,293

3

North Coast 500

Scotland, North Coast

141,529

4

Cheddar Gorge

England, Somerset

84,162

5

Elan Valley

Wales, Powys in mid-Wales

53,204

6

Snake Pass

England, Derbyshire

17,752

7

Cat and Fiddle

England, spans Buxton, Derbyshire, and Macclesfield, Cheshire

11,597

8

Hardknott Pass

England, Cumbria

10,699

9

Bealach na Bà also known as ‘Pass of the Cattle’

Scotland, Applecross

10,499

10

Horseshoe Pass

Wales, Denbighshire, north-east Wales

9,922

11

Great West Way

England, Wiltshire

7,736

12

Llanberis Pass

Wales, Gwynedd

4,843

13

EVO Triangle

Wales, Conwy and Denbighshire

4,735

14

Aberaeron (A478) ‘Preseli Mountains’

Wales, Ceredigion

4,646

15

Atlantic Highway

England, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall

3,322

16

Woodhead Pass

England, Derbyshire

2,562

17

Buttertubs Pass

England, Yorkshire Dales

2,307

18

Mourne Coastal Route

Northern Ireland, coast of County Down between Belfast and Newry

1,995

19

Gospel Pass

Wales, Vale of Ewyas 

1,543

20

Black Mountain Pass

Wales, Vale of Ewyas 

1,383