5 of the Best Biking Roads in the UK
We believe that the UK is home to some of the best biking roads the world has to offer.
Whether you’re the type of rider who prefers twisty coastal routes or extensive trips through the highlands, our list should inspire you to look a little closer to home for your next motorcycle adventure.
1. North Coast 500 - Northern Scotland
The NC500 (North Coast 500) has been dubbed ‘Scotland’s Route 66‘ for a good reason. The 516-mile circuit starts and finishes at Inverness Castle and links many of Scotland’s most famous sights. John o’ Groats and Loch Ness are a couple of notable mentions that spring to mind.
The entire route can be covered in a little as 4-5 days, but we recommend putting aside at least 5-7. Of course, this is entirely dependant on how much you want to see and experience.
We’ve placed the North Coast 500 at the top of our list for a good reason. The seemingly endless number of winding coastal roads are enough to captivate even the most well-versed of riders.
Bonus tip: The Internet and mobile phone signal can be pretty sporadic in the highlands. We recommend booking your accommodation in advance and keeping a physical copy of the address for emergencies.
2. Cat and Fiddle Road - A537, Buxton to Macclesfield
Cat and Fiddle Road is named after the Inn that’s located at the summit. It’s also commonly referred to as ‘England’s Most Dangerous Road.’
The Cat and Fiddle is an 11.5-mile stretch of tapering bends that boasts a collection of stunning hillside views.
Motorcyclists have flocked to the Cat and Fiddle in vast numbers for many years. However, the addition of average speed cameras and fixed speed limits has led to a dramatic decline in antisocial riding.
Still, the Peak District’s most famous motorcycle route remains a thrilling addition to our list of the best biking roads.
3. Black Mountain Pass - A4069, Carmarthenshire
Black Mountain Pass is a 22-mile route that passes through the Brecon Beacons reaching altitudes in excess of 1,500 ft (457 m). This route (which is a favourite among test drivers) is considered one of the finest roads in Wales.
If you happen to be an avid fan of Top Gear, we know exactly what you’re thinking. Looks familiar, right? Well, you guessed it! This is the same route that Jeremy Clarkson visited in his Mercedes SLK AMG.
It’s worth mentioning that since its Top Gear appearance, the Pass has become somewhat of a mecca for driving enthusiasts. Mobile speed cameras can often be found inconspicuously dotted along the roadside.
We recommend saving the speed for the track. Instead, take in the marvellous backdrop that this beautiful stretch of tarmac has to offer!
4. Antrim Coast Road - A2, Northern Ireland
This 25-mile route of gorgeous coastline forms part of the larger A2 located in Northern Ireland.
The Antrim Coast Road runs from Larne up to Cushendall and boasts several quaint seaside villages along the way. This route offers spectacular views across the North Channel and provides plenty of technical twists and turns. The Antrim Coast should be more than enough to satisfy riders of all skill levels.
Bonus tip: Cycle lanes are non-existent along the Antrim Coast Road, and footpaths are relatively infrequent. We recommend looking well ahead through corners and not hugging them too closely!
5. Land's End to John o' Groats
Not for the faint of heart, Land’s End to John o’ Groats is a gruelling 874-mile route! The route stretches from the Southernmost point of Great Britain (Cornwall) to the Northernmost point in Scotland.
Whilst it isn’t particularly scenic, the journey from Land’s End to John o’ Groats is undoubtedly worthy of bragging rights.
Most of us dream of warm sun, fresh tarmac, and a new set of semi-slicks every once in a while. Despite this, we hope that we’ve been able to convince you that Old Blighty isn’t all doom and gloom after all!