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The Best Driving Roads In The British Isles… According To Instagram

Typically, car enthusiasts often rave about how grand the roads are in other parts of the world. Be it a stroll down the Amalfi Coast in Italy, climbing up Pikes Peak, or drifting through the Hakone Turnpike. Yet, there’s certainly no shortage of fantastic driving roads just a few miles away. There’s an abundance of incredible tarmac across the whole of the British Isles that enthusiasts have to enjoy at least once.

To highlight some of the best driving roads in our own backyard, Abarth has compiled a list of the very best… According to Instagram. Okay, so this isn’t necessarily a list of the best DRIVING roads. Rather, it’s looking into some of the best LOOKING roads. Specifically, the most picturesque and scenic places that are worthy of a ‘gram. Albeit, they’re still a blast to drive on, and even more so with a camera!

So, of all the passes and country lanes across the British Isles, who gets the top spot? Ireland takes the lead here, with the top-2 spots occupied by the Wild Atlantic Way and the Ring of Kerry. That’s nearly 1.8-million hashtags between them! Although, the UK comes in strong for much of the list, starting with our old pal, the NC500 in 3rd place. This is followed by the Cheddar Gorge at 4th place, and so on.

The Best Roads To Drive On And Take Pictures Of

One of the notable highlights was the EVO Triangle, coming in at 13th place. I guess becoming a great driving road doesn’t necessarily make it a great place for a photoshoot, eh? There is plenty of tarmac fantastic for both driving and taking pictures (not at the same time, I hope) beside them, too. At least 20 of them have made it into this list, including entrants from Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland…

Place Roads Country, County, Or Region 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, the 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

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