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Discover the British Isles

The Outer Hebrides, Scotland (145 miles+)  Coming off the ferry enter into the windy streets of the Outer Hebrides’ main town, Stronoway. Despite being a single track road, start by travelling across Lewis’ treeless landscape. Visit Stevenson’s lighthouse at the butt of the small town of Lewis. Head south passing the Callanish standing stones, prehistoric stones that make Stonehenge seem underwhelming.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the mesmerising white sand beaches and pass through the central island linking causeways – be prepared to pass through some sea spray. Fancy an adventure? Board a boat to Kisimul Castle just off Barra’s Castle Bay. If that wasn’t enough why not see if you can spot seals from your car and the vast number of spring time wildflowers.   The Atlantic Highway (130 miles+)  Leaving the M5 at junction 23 (Bridgwater) and head west on the A39 amongst the picturesque landscapes of the Somerset Levels. Ignore any satnav, map or passenger telling you where to go and enjoy the breathtaking views available to you. One side you will find rolling wild hills; on the other, some of the most serene and stunning coastlines the country has to offer. Upon arrival at Bude’s muddle of windy dunes, Victoriana and surfing signifies the first seaside town in Cornwall. Heading to surfing party town, Newquay? Remain on the A39. Be sure to be on the lookout for quaint little villages such as Quantocks, The National Trust’s Selworthy Village and the beautiful detours of Ilfracombe. Looking for something a bit different? Travel to Hartland and experience bohemian chic at the (seemingly) edge-of-the-earth.   Isle of Man circuit, England (70 miles+) Start at the wide, sandy bay of Douglas, everything stems from this surprisingly large capital and ferry port. Follow the coastline round the entirety of the island, anti-clockwise for those who would like the best coastline views. Do you have a need for speed? A detour inland will bring you to the 37 mile TT course on public roads – there are no speed limits. Gaze at the amazing views of glens that cascade down into the sea or the eye catching, solitary Snaefell Mountain which at the right time can be snow topped. Looking for a quiet drive? Avoid the first week in June. This is when the island becomes overrun with motorbikes for the annual Isle of Man TT motorbike racing. Tempted to visit any of these idyllic, picturesque locations? Hire a vehicle from Nationwide and travel the British Isles in style, comfort and quality. Kitted with the very latest features, Nationwide offers high quality vehicles at the best prices.