5 of the Best Campervan Road Trips for Photographers in the UK

Goboony
5th October 2021

A road trip is the perfect getaway for avid photographers, as you get to explore numerous places in one trip and test your skills on changing landscapes and views. The UK is brimming with incredible road trips, so the most challenging part is picking the right one for your next holiday. 

We’ve teamed up with motorhome sharing platform Goboony to bring you five of the best road trips for photographers in the UK. 

A campervan is the perfect accessory for your road trip, as not only will it provide you with plenty of space for your equipment and luggage, it allows you to camp in comfort in the wild of the UK. However, you might prefer opting for a smaller campervan, such as a converted VW, as this will allow you to tackle narrower roads and get off the beaten path.

1. North Coast 500

This is the classic UK road trip, and it’s popular for a reason. Considered the Scottish Route 66, the North Coast 500 takes you through 516 miles of unbeatable scenery. It’s a round trip, starting and ending in Inverness, and closely hugs the Scottish coastline so you’ll be rewarded with unrivalled views along the way. 

This road trip is particularly special for photographers as it has opportunities to photograph the coast, mountains, wildlife, castles, islands and marine life. You’ll be snapping away endlessly, so be prepared to take your time with this road trip and plan in a week minimum. The north west of Scotland is also known to have spectacular sunrises, so try to plan some early mornings. If you travel over the winter period and stay in remote locations, you might even catch a glimpse of the dancing Northern Lights. 

Make sure to have your camera charged and ready for Smoo Cave, Ardvreck Castle, Achmelvich Bay, Clashnessie Falls and Sandwood Bay in particular.

2. Jurassic Coast

This is a great English road trip if you’re short on time, as you can comfortably drive it in three days with plenty of stops. The Jurassic Coast gets its name from the millions of years of history captured in the towering cliffs. So you never know when you might stumble across prehistoric fossils, which would make for a pretty unique photograph.

Aside from fossil hunting, the Jurassic Coast road trip is perfect for strolling on the beach, visiting idyllic pubs, getting some of the best fish and chips and taking hikes along the coast. Staying in your campervan will allow you to capture the tranquil moments of this route, away from the bustle of daily life. It’s also in close proximity to Dartmoor National Park, where you can capture open moorlands and set your eyes on the charming wild ponies that roam the reserve. 

Picture-perfect locations include Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach and Charmouth.

3. Causeway Coastal Route

From Belfast to Derry, the Causeway Coastal Route takes you through breathtaking scenery, historical sites, Game of Thrones filming locations, colourful coastal villages and modern wonders. This road trip is 195 miles long, so we’d recommend planning three days for it. There are plenty of campsites along this route, so you won’t have to drive out of the way to pitch at night. But keep in mind that they can get quite busy during peak season, so you may want to book ahead.

Keep an eye out for the following locations, which are perfect for photography: Cushendun Caves, Ballintoy Harbour and Giants Causeway.

4. Road to the Isles

And we’re back to Scotland, because there are just too many incredible road trips to consider here. Starting in Fort William and winding up the A380 to Mallaig, this route takes you through a peaceful stretch of Scotland. This could easily be done in a day, but we recommend staying at least one night to catch some sunset and sunrise shots. From Mallaig, you can head further to Skye or other Scottish isles and extend your trip. The Isle of Skye rewards visitors with stunning locations such as Old Man of Storr, the mystical Fairy Pools and the colourful houses of Portree. If you’re feeling adventurous, hop on the ferry to Harris, where you’ll find Scotland’s most sought-after beaches. 

Some other gorgeous spots to photograph along this route include the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Neptune's staircase, and Loch Eilt. You can also take a detour to visit Loch Morar, which is definitely worth a visit, but does get busy in the middle of the day.

5. The Cambrian Way

Our list wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Wales. After much deliberation, we’ve chosen the Cambrian Way. This stunning route takes you from south to north, through the heart of Wales and following the A470. We recommend five or six days to do this road trip justice. You start in Cardiff and finish in Llandudno, a Victorian seaside town.

A lot of photographic potential lies in the Brecon Beacons National Park, where you’ll find panoramic views, extensive walking routes and a delightful tea room. You’ll also enjoy snapping away at Elan Valley, which is best experienced during the golden hour. 

Pack your bags, prepare your camera and get behind the wheel of a campervan, because these excellent UK road trips are waiting to be explored. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a longer escape, a road trip allows you to design your own route and make the most of your time. Visit Goboony to find out more about renting the perfect campervan for your upcoming road trip. 

Looking for more out-of-the-box travel ideas? Check out this piece about discovering the joy of slow travel, or get some creative ideas for turning your favourite travel photos into a memorable photo book.