Advertorial feature

50 years of MINI adventures: Britain’s best road trips

 

2012 is a great year to be British. From the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the fantastic sporting achievements during the summer, to the anniversaries of the first Beatles single and Bond film, Britannia really is ruling.

Now CAR magazine is getting in on the action by celebrating its 50 birthday with a fantastic bumper souvenir issue, which celebrates the 50 greatest cars over the last half a century. And in a year where British fever is dominating the world, British cars large and small took pride of place in this prestigious list.

If there’s one car than screams ‘Britain’, it’s the MINI – the car that inspired the magazine’s first publication in 1962.  To celebrate 50 years of this motoring icon, CAR magazine decided to really put it to the test with an epic adventure across the Himalayas.

But you don’t have to travel halfway across the world to enjoy the superb steering and unbeatable handling of a MINI. With MINI’s car finance deals, there’s never been a better time to get your hands on a British legend. So we’ve put together our favourite road trips to help you enjoy your own MINI adventure, right here in good old Britannia.

The Atlantic highway

If you really want to experience the best that the south of England has to offer, you need to leave behind the tedium of the M5. At junction 23 join the A39 and head west to experience the beauty of the ‘The Atlantic Highway’. The road will take you past the towering cliffs of Lynmouth along Britain’s best stretch of coastline to the fisherman’s paradise of Padstow.

Ireland’s south-west coast

As soon as the ferry docks in Limerick port, a spectacular road trip awaits. Head south through Blarney towards Cork, then follow the winding coastal road past vast, sweeping bays on a circular route via Tarbert back to Limerick’s medieval centre. This 450 miles’ circuit is a fantastic way to see Ireland’s rugged landscape at your leisure, which is packed with tranquil lakes and rivers for a picture-perfect pit stop or afternoon of fishing.

The Outer Hebrides

If you’re looking to escape the hustle of bustle of city life, you just can’t beat Scotland’s Outer Hebrides for complete seclusion. The ferry from the mainland takes you straight onto the narrow streets of Stornoway, where you can pick up supplies before embarking on your journey along 150 miles of single-track road. This remote road trip will reward you with views of the prehistoric Callanish standing stones, majestic mountains and seals lazing on unspoilt white sand beaches.

If you’re dreaming about the open road, why not read a MINI Cooper S review and take advantage of a great finance deal to bag your own slice of British history?

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

SPONSORED FEATURES

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Head Chef

    £22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Garden Centre complex base...

    Recruitment Genius: Buyer

    £36000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Buyer is required to join thi...

    SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    £20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree Group have been well esta...

    SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    £20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45000: SThree: SThree Group have been well es...

    Day In a Page

    Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

    US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

    Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
    VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

    'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

    VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
    Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

    Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
    The male menopause and intimations of mortality

    Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

    So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
    Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

    'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

    Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
    Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

    Bettany Hughes interview

    The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
    Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

    Art of the state

    Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
    Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

    Vegetarian food gets a makeover

    Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
    The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

    The haunting of Shirley Jackson

    Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
    Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

    Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

    These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
    Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

    Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

    A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
    Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

    Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

    Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
    HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

    The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

    Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
    Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

    'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

    Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
    Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

    The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

    Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen