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Self Drive Getaway for Couples

1 August 2022

Navigation isn’t historically a great activity for the majority of couples. When you are off cruising on your self drive holiday however, it’s okay to get a little lost. In fact, we encourage it. We’ve done the hard work for you and chosen the most romantic destinations across the UK for your mini escape. There are also top recommendations for activities and restaurants along the way.
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Navigation isn’t historically a great activity for the majority of couples. When you are off cruising on your self drive holiday however, it’s okay to get a little lost. In fact, we encourage it.

We’ve done the hard work for you and chosen the most romantic destinations across the UK for your mini escape. There are also top recommendations for activities and restaurants along the way. 

Lake District

Heaven on earth for those seeking a space to relax and recharge. Populated with lakes, forests, fells and romanticised by famous authors who have been based here over the years. Decorated by quaint market towns as well as traditional inns and galleries. The Lake District is the perfect place for a dreamy getaway.


There are so many activities, trails and experiences to participate in. The favourite five based on reviews are;


England’s 3rd highest mountain. A great walk with some steep parts. The reward being the amazing views at the top!

Catbells Lakeland Walk

A popular hiking trail that walkers say need proper walking shoes and a windbreaker. A great place to take a picnic to enjoy looking over the landscape.

Lake Windermere

Over 10 miles in length, England’s largest lake offers more than a beautiful view. There are so many activities to enjoy on the lake, from cruises, fishing, boating, sailing, paddle boarding and more!

Aira Force Waterfall

This historic waterfall is 65-feet and a favourite attraction in the area. The walk itself takes between 2 – 3 hours but you can make a whole day of it if you strat in Glenridding and arrive by boat.

Loughrigg Fell

This is a lovely circular route from Ambleside that takes in some stunning views. Walkers say it’s a great walk with some steep parts but a wonderful way to get panoramic views of the lake.


The top 5 romantic restaurants in the Lake District include 3 michelin star establishments for that special touch!

Manor House

Critically acclaimed for its wonderful food, atmosphere and service this family-run Lake District restaurant serves up British cuisine. A great place to have a date night!


Feeling fancy? This three star restaurant is just the ticket. The kitchen delivers magical dishes that are European, British and contemporary. You can also have a tour of the farm when you book in advance.

The Restaurant at The Cottage in the Wood

This one star restaurant serves British favourites in an elevated way. For a warm and welcoming feel, food you’d write home about and lovely views – we recommend this one.

The Old Stamp House Restaurant

Yet another starred restaurant! The Old Stamp House is located in the heart of Ambleside. This cosy restaurant is split over two low-ceilinged rooms decorated with local art.

Steam Bistro

Steam is the favourite in Coniston. Guests rave about the spectacular service and scrumptious food. Steam Bistro is all about relaxed dining with great ambience and locally sourced ingredients.

Where to Stay

When you choose to explore the Lake District you can choose between The Windermere Hotel or the Derwentwater Hotel in Keswick. Both perfect bases to connect with this spectacular area of outstanding natural beauty.


When you plan your next road trip with your other half, consider the vibrant town of Norwich. This city has ancient beginnings and is famously the most complete medieval city in England.

The perfect place for a whimsical break walking amongst church spires, historical powerhouses and the fresh art scene.


Whether you’re here for the pubs, the cathedral, the market or the visual arts, there is loads to do when you visit this remarkable English city.

The Broads National Park

Venture into dramatic landscapes and experience the true meaning of peace. The Broads National Park is the perfect place for long walks, mindfulness and calm. Need something a little more exhilarating? Go boating, kayaking or canoeing. Perhaps animals are more your speed? Visit the wildlife gardens or spend some time in the local horse sanctuary.

Norwich Cathedral

The most loved building in all of Norfolk. The Norwich Cathedral is set in a 44 acre cemetery in the city centre. One of the most complete Romanesque buildings in Europe and home to almost 1000 years of history, this is a must visit.

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

This hidden gem is a parallel universe to the local landscape. Multiple gardens including a walled garden, rose garden, woodland garden, Mediterranean garden and a desert make up this exceptional pocket of natural beauty.

City of Norwich Aviation Museum

Home to Norfolk’s Aviation Heritage for over 40 years. Wander through the outdoor space housing nearly 30 aircraft, cockpit sections and exhibits. Inside you will see the small displays such as the collections of Royal Airforce 100 and United States Army 8th Air Force. Don’t forget to leave time for a stop over in the tea room!

Winbirri Vineyards

25 acres of award winning vineyards nestled in the Norfolk countryside. This family run state of the art winery produces wine on site from its very own grapes. Spend a day touring the vineyard before taking part in a wine tasting sat outside taking in the ambience. Order a charcuterie board to make it extra special!



You can expect a warm and inviting atmosphere when you have a meal at Brasteds. The A La Carte menu changes with the seasons and offers British dishes with a modern twist. Perfect for a romantic dinner out!


Enjoy the summer dusk over a glass of wine or get cosy in the intimate restaurant. Run by a husband and wife team, Jorge’s is the place for authentic Mediterranean cuisine. They also have an expansive steak menu and have tapas nights on Tuesdays!

Roger Hickman’s Restaurant

This starred eatery is perfect for celebrating an occasion. In the heart of the city you will find this elegant restaurant ideal for a dinner date. They also offer private dining should you wish to really push the boat out.

Gem of Norwich

Experience incredible Turkish delicacies in Norwich! The Gem of Norwich is a family run business bringing Turkish and Kurdish cuisine to this beautiful part of England. Enjoy everything from traditional mezze to specials such as moussaka and stifado.

Stoke Mill Contemporary Fine Dining

This award winning restaurant is idyllic for an evening out. Located in a historic mill that has been restored into a beautiful dining room. You can expect tasty food cooked by an awarded chef using only the freshest ingredients.

Where to Stay

Our beautiful Norfolk hotels are in Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton. Both within easy reach of Norwich and with enough space between them to really enjoy Norfolk to the absolute fullest.

Loch Lomond

Part of the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is home to two whisky distilleries. If you’re looking for a self drive getaway that offers beautiful landscapes, spectacular experiences and good food then this is the destination for you.


There are oodles of ways to spend your time in Loch Lomond. For some really special moments for you and your partner, here are some of our top recommendations.

Balloch Castle Country Park

Loch side walks, a fairy trail, nurtured gardens and 200 acres of woodland. A peaceful way to spend a few hours grounding into the breathtaking beauty of the area.

Falls of Falloch

Walk through woodland to take in this must-see waterfall. The 30 foot falls are well worth the short walk from the car park. A great stop over or for a few hours of calming exploration.

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

There are few things more exciting than connecting with birds of prey. The bird of prey centre is home to nearly 40 birds such as golden eagles and vultures. Stay and catch a flying show where you will witness hawks and owls upfront and personal.

Luss Pier

This is the perfect spot for that romantic pic. A quintessential Scottish village to stroll through and lovely walk along the loch’s shoreline. Not forgetting the ornate bridge in amongst it all for a truly spectacular view.

Loch Lomond Brewery

This family run brewery is a great place to spend some time sampling the award winning iconic beers. The range is made up of a core range, specials and traditional brews. The beers are all intrinsically linked with the local area which makes them unique and very special on the local scene.


Dine at the hotel or choose from a range of local romantic spots for your evening meal. Pull out all the stops for your holiday dates and enjoy some of what Loch Lomond has to offer.

The Dining Room

Unbelievable Indian fare to make your senses sing! Book a table for an authentic meal that you’ll remember forever.

Samphire Seafood Restaurant

The epiphany of fresh seafood. This marriage of Scottish and French cookery is situated in the historic fishing town of Invery right on the banks of Loch Fyne. Their ethos revolves around fresh, sustainable and local produce.

The Byre Inn

Hoping to experience some local culture? The Byre Inn is a favourite. Quality food cooked well across all meals of the day. Perfect for a pint after a walk or a bite to refuel.

Nick’s at Port of Menteith

In the heart of the Trossachs National Park, this restaurant offers fresh North Sea langoustines, original cured smoked salmon and more. Choose between indoor dining or under the outdoor stretch tent.

Where to Stay

The Tarbet Hotel is situated right on the edge of the loch. Ideal for partaking in the romance of the location. If you’d like to explore more of Scotland, we can help create the perfect itinerary for you and your loved one.

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