50 years of MINI adventures: Britain’s best road trips
Wednesday 24 October 2012
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?
Life & Style blogs
Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
Boxing Day sales: From Asos to Harrods, the best fashion deals
Healthy living could have prevented half a million cancer cases over last five years
'Tis the season!: Google celebrates Christmas Eve with second animated Doodle
The food fad that's starving Bolivia
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
- 1 PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 3 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 4 Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
- 5 The Queen’s speech 2014: Recap and Twitter reaction to Game of Thrones reference
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...
£70000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketi...