Luckily, the UK is filled to the brim with some of the most iconic motorcycle routes in the world, from stunning coastal routes to winding mountainside passes. They’re all worth travelling the length of the country for, but you might even find some are close enough to home for a Sunday morning ride.
These are Brightside Bike’s best motorcycle roads in the UK to help inspire your next route.
North Coast 500 (NC500)Taking you through just over 500 miles of some of the most stunning scenery the Scottish Highlands has to offer, the North Coast 500 is a journey not to be missed.
Whether you travel for wildlife, local produce, or tourist attractions like castles, breweries, and distilleries, this motorcycle route has something to offer you.
Begin at Inverness Castle, and gradually make your way along the coast of the Scottish Highlands, through the regions of Wester Ross, Caithness, Easter Ross, before eventually ending up at Inverness-shire.
With over 2.3 billion global visits in the last five years, the NC500 is firmly positioned as one of the best road trips in the word.
North East 250 (NE250)North East Scotland’s answer to the NC500, the NE250 is a new route that is slowly starting to be recognised as one of the best motorcycle routes in the UK.
At 250 miles it’s half the distance of the North Coast 500, which will suit those who are looking for a shorter, less demanding trip. But just because it’s shorter doesn’t mean it lacks any of the NC500’s character.
You’ll visit Speyside, the Cairngorms, Aberdeen, the East Coast, and Moray Coast, each offering something different – whiskey, golf, history, nature, or scenery. If the North Coast 500 is the father of Scottish road trips, the North East 250 is quickly growing up behind it.
The Windermere LoopThe Windermere Loop in the Lake District may only clock in at 65 miles, but this one-day adventure packs in enough incredible scenery that you’ll want to ride it time and time again.
Starting and finishing in Windermere, you’ll ride through the famous Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, Coniston Water, and plenty of small villages to stop for a wander, some food, and a drink.
It’s a simple route suitable for most bikes, making it perfect for a casual Sunday ride. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and want to extend the trip by a few days, there are extended routes taking you into other areas of the Lake District.
Evo TriangleIf a route is used regularly for car magazine photo shoots, you know it has to be good. The Evo triangle – named after Evo Magazine – is exactly that: stunning views and snake-like bends that you may already have seen in print.
Located in North Wales, the triangle-shaped route takes you 20 miles through the valleys and moors just East of Gwydyr National Park, the highlight attraction being Llyn Brenig Lake.
Recent speed restrictions and increased attention from the police have worried some petrolheads, but, if anything, it has had a positive impact. The Evo Triangle is supposed to be ridden slowly, taking in the beautiful landscape that North Wales has to offer.
Cat and FiddleNamed after the pub awaiting riders at the summit, the Cat and Fiddle is regarded as one of the most dangerous motorcycle routes in the UK.
Taking you through the heart of the Peak District, this challenging road is filled with sharp and challenging bends. However, a recently-added 50mph speed limit makes the journey safer than ever and gives you extra time to take in the beautiful landscape, including the Greater Manchester conurbation, the Peak District National Park, and Cheshire plain.
It’s only 7.5 miles long, but the Cat and Fiddle will have you coming back time and time again.
Causeway Coastal RouteIf this list proves anything, it’s that stunning scenery can be found in every corner of the UK, and Northern Ireland is no exception.
At around 100 miles long, the Causeway Coastal Route guides you as you hug sheer rock faces along the sea, witnessing some of the most stark and beautiful views the island of Ireland has to offer.
Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway; indulge in a drink at Old Bushmill’s Distillery; and let your imagination run wild at Ballintoy Harbour – known to Game of Thrones fans as the Iron Islands.
With enough locations to keep you busy for days on end – Dunluce Castle and Murlough Bay, to name-drop a few more – the Causeway Coastal Route is a must-do for any biker.
Cheddar GorgeMost people know Cheddar Gorge for the show caves, which were once the home of the Cheddar Man. But bike owners know it for its stunning motorcycle route, taking you right through the heart of the limestone gorge.
At 14 miles long, the road running through the Mendip Hills (the B3135) is an area of outstanding natural beauty, so it’s no wonder it was voted the second greatest natural wonder in Britain in 2005.
This, however, is a blessing and a curse. Go at the wrong time, and the roads will be blocked by standstill cars, onlookers, and bikes. Tackle the road early, though, and you’ll be treated to some of the best sights Britain has to offer.
The Trans-European TrailIf you’re looking to spend a bit longer travelling with the possibility of crossing a border or two, you’ve probably already considered the Trans-European Trail – mainland Europe’s first fully legal trail.
You’ll clock 1,634 miles just doing the UK route, which starts from Newhaven Ferry Port in East Sussex and ends in North Shields, Tyne and Wear. Stop at historical monuments like Stonehenge, stay in quaint villages for your stopovers, before you wind through the roads of the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and Lake District.
While there’s always the option of extending the trip throughout Europe, the UK provides more than enough for a 20 mile trip.