In these challenging economic times, a whole generation of drivers are discovering that electric vehicles (EVs) are not only kinder to the environment, but our bank balance too.

In fact, our Electric Cities campaign revealed that more than two-thirds (68%) of UK drivers would consider switching to an electric vehicle, and 55% said fuel costs were a key reason.

So, with summer fast approaching, and as we slowly say goodbye to a reliance on petrol, we decided to answer a simple question: what are the best electric road trips in the UK and Ireland?

To shortlist the best electric adventures, we reviewed the data around the availability of charging points, the number of charges needed for each journey, and how different EV models compare.

A volt from the blue

Planning a road trip sounds like fun, but aren’t electric cars a bad option over longer distances?

Not anymore. While it was once the case that EVs could barely make it round the block and back, today’s electric cars generally have a range of between 100 and 300 miles on a single charge.

And the technology is improving all the time; in fact, once the next generation of lithium batteries is rolled out, EVs could have a range of 500-600 miles between each charge.

Plus, the UK has pledged a ten-fold increase in public electric chargepoints by 2030, so electric driving should become more accessible in the years to come.

The best electric road trips

We’re blessed with some stunning scenery on these islands, and if you’re looking to embark on your next road trip, here’s all the inspiration you need.

Land of the Lakes

A view towards the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District A view towards the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District
Land of the Lakes quick stats
Distance 17.7 miles (28.5 km)
Number of chargepoints 10
Number of charges needed 0.08*
Average distance between charging points 1.77 miles

*Figures quoted for ‘number of charges needed’ refer to the Tesla Model 3 – the best selling electric vehicle in the UK

A land of literary giants, the Lake District has inspired visitors for generations. Charge up the EV and traverse the winding roads of ancient drystone walls in this glorious National Park (now a World Heritage Site).

Things to do...

  • Visit Beatrix Potter’s house, Hill Top, where the Peter Rabbit author drew inspiration for her much-loved children’s stories.
  • Take a slight detour and scale Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
  • Wander lonely as a cloud and discover Dove Cottage in Grasmere, home to Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Jurassic Coast

The natural limestone arch at scenic Durdle Door along the Jurassic coast The natural limestone arch at scenic Durdle Door along the Jurassic coast
Jurassic Coast quick stats
Distance 51 miles (82.1 km)
Number of chargepoints 15
Number of charges needed 0.22*
Average distance between charging points 3.4 miles

A World Heritage Site on the south coast of England, today’s Jurassic Coast is the remarkable legacy of 185 million years of geological history. Explore the coves, caves and cliffs of this awe-inspiring coastline without needing to recharge.

Things to do...

  • Stop off at Durlston Country Park in Swanage – a haven of wildlife, ancient cliff quarries and even the footings of a Napoleonic telegraph station.
  • Studland Bay features four miles of stunning beaches, while the dramatic Old Harry Rocks provide a spectacular sea view.
  • Thrill-seekers can check out Dorset Adventure Park at Corfe Castle – featuring obstacle assault courses for children and adults, and plenty of fun in the mud.

Norfolk Coast

An aerial view of the resort town Great Yarmouth along the road trip route An aerial view of the resort town Great Yarmouth along the road trip route
Norfolk Coast quick stats
Distance 65.7 miles (106 km)
Number of chargepoints 19
Number of charges needed 0.28*
Average distance between charging points 3.46 miles

A coastal drive across North Norfolk takes you through sandy bays, nature reserves and more seal watching opportunities than you can shake a crabstick at. But where should EV drivers park up?

Things to do...

  • Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Holkham National Nature Reserve – featuring golden stretches of sand, unspoilt habitats and the nearby 18th century stately home, Holkham Hall.
  • Get close to nature at Blakeney Point – home to England’s largest grey seal colony and other wildlife.
  • Finish your journey with a quintessential seaside trip to Great Yarmouth – complete with amusement arcades, fresh seafood and live shows on the pier.

Pembrokeshire Coast 200

Sunrise in Tenby Harbour, a Pembrokeshire fishing town Sunrise in Tenby Harbour, a Pembrokeshire fishing town
Pembrokeshire Coast 200 quick stats
Distance 28 miles (45.1 km)
Number of chargepoints 6
Number of charges needed 0.12*
Average distance between charging points 4.6 miles

Dubbed ‘Britain’s newest road trip’, the Pembrokeshire Coast 200 takes in the twists and turns of south-west Wales’s beautiful coastline. From romantic beaches to quaint castles, this road trip has it all.

Things to do...

  • See the craggy rocks and clear waters of Abereiddi’s Blue Lagoon – a former slate quarry offering a fascinating glimpse into this part of the world’s industrial past.
  • Visit St David’s – Britain’s smallest city – with its remarkable 12th century cathedral and island boat trip opportunities.
  • Unwind in the beautiful coastal town of Tenby – with its Blue Flag beach and miles of unspoilt coastal walks.

The Atlantic Highway

A view to towards Tintagel island and the legendary castle ruins A view to towards Tintagel island and the legendary castle ruins
Atlantic Highway quick stats
Distance 72.1 miles (116 km)
Number of chargepoints 12
Number of charges needed 0.31*
Average distance between charging points 6 miles

This stretch of England’s south-west peninsula covers magnificent woodlands, gorgeous coastline and ample opportunities for tea ‘n’ scones. Hire a surfboard and catch some Cornish waves.

Things to do...

  • Indulge your inner history buff with a trip to Tintagel Castle – a medieval fortification associated with King Arthur.
  • Pack the flip-flops and explore Bedruthan Beach – a breath-taking sandy beach between Padstow and Newquay. Check the National Trust website for the latest access information, after a major rockfall in 2019 caused the closure of the beach steps.
  • If you feel like travelling further afield, explore Land’s End – the most westerly area of mainland Britain, famed for its rocky shoreline and iconic signpost.

North York Moors

Black sheep on Spaunton Moor just above Hutton Le Hole Black sheep on Spaunton Moor just above Hutton Le Hole
North York Moors quick stats
Distance 44.5 miles (71.6 km)
Number of chargepoints 6
Number of charges needed 0.19*
Average distance between charging points 7.42 miles

Rich in cultural heritage and culinary delights, the North York Moors are a must-see electric road trip. Explore red-roofed coastal villages and picturesque pubs, shops and tea rooms across this charming stretch of northern England.

Things to do...

  • Behold the ruins of the 7th century Whitby Abbey and break up the journey by sampling the town’s famous fish and chips.
  • Discover 8,000 acres of lush woodland in the Dalby Forest – home to countless bike trails and walking routes in the North York Moors National Park.
  • Visit Goathland – the famous setting for the TV series Heartbeat, but also the site of the beautiful Mallyan Spout waterfall and classic steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Ben Nevis to Isle of Skye

The valley of Glen Nevis beneath the mountain Ben Nevis The valley of Glen Nevis beneath the mountain Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis to Isle of Skye quick stats
Distance 100 miles (161 km)
Number of chargepoints 13
Number of charges needed 0.43*
Average distance between charging points 7.69 miles

This jaw-dropping drive takes in Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest peak) and the rugged landscapes, historic sites and fishing villages of the Inner Hebrides in north-west Scotland.

Things to do...

  • Check out the Glenfinnan Viaduct – the world-famous railway bridge that features in several Harry Potter films. After leaving Ben Nevis, it’s around half an hour’s drive west from Fort William.
  • On Skye you’ll find the Fairy Pools – a magical beauty spot with cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear water.
  • At the westerly edge of Skye is Neist Point – a spectacular lighthouse surrounded by high cliffs.

The Black Mountain Pass

An aerial view of the famous Black Mountain Pass in South Wales An aerial view of the famous Black Mountain Pass in South Wales
Black Mountain Pass quick stats
Distance 12.2 miles (19.7 km)
Number of chargepoints 1
Number of charges needed 0.05*
Average distance between charging points 12.2 miles

Dissecting the western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park is the Black Mountain Pass – a gorgeous journey across South Wales through unspoilt pastureland and moors.

Things to do...

  • Stop off at Y Garn Goch – the remote remains of an Iron Age hillfort near Llandeilo.
  • Observe wild birds of prey at the Red Kite Feeding Station in Llanddeusant, where you can spot buzzards, ravens and red kites (and take some memorable snaps).
  • Take a detour to the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre, complete with tea rooms a craft shop and children’s play area.

North Coast 500

Looking towards the Kylesku Bridge, a landmark in the Scottish Highlands Looking towards the Kylesku Bridge, a landmark in the Scottish Highlands
North Coast 500 Quick stats
Distance 338 miles (545 km)
Number of chargepoints 12
Number of charges needed 1.44*
Average distance between charging points 28.16 miles

If white sandy beaches and jaw-dropping coastline is your thing, this stunning road trip in the North Highlands of Scotland is one for the bucket list.

Expect rugged terrain, misty mountains and glorious sea views on the North Coast 500 (alright – it’s 338 miles on our recommended route, with stop-offs at Ullapool, Durness, John O’Groats, and Dornoch).

Things to do...

  • Stop off at Inverness Castle – a rebuilt 19th century hilltop castle on the banks of the River Ness.
  • Explore Achmelvich Bay – a pristine white sandy beach popular with hikers, fishers and windsurfers.
  • Check out Chanonry Point – a scenic spot for dolphin watching on a narrow peninsula with views across the Moray Firth.

Wild Atlantic Way

Looking down over the epic Irish rugged coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way Looking down over the epic Irish rugged coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way
Wild Atlantic Way quick stats
Distance 191 miles (471 km)
Number of chargepoints 10
Number of charges needed 1.24*
Average distance between charging points 29.2 miles

One of the longest coastal road trips in the world, the Wild Atlantic Way covers the famous west coast of Ireland . Stretching from County Donegal in the north, all the way down to Cork in the south, you’ll encounter everything from majestic monuments to stunning seascapes.

Things to do...

  • Who said fjords were only found in Norway? Discover Killary Harbour in County Mayo – a breath-taking natural border and a popular spot for walking and fishing.
  • Hire a surfboard at Mullaghmore Head, County Sligo – a popular surfing destination and haven for wildlife
  • Explore the iconic Old Head of Kinsale in County Cork, with its commanding lighthouse and towering clifftop paths.

How do different EVs compare?

Not all electric vehicles are created equal, so we thought we’d put together a handy visual so you can start planning your next electric adventure today.

A table comparing how many charges the Tesla model 3, Kia e-Niro, Volkswagen ID.3, Nissan leaf and Audi E-tron S will need on each road trip