At Mazda, we believe in a connection between car and driver that’s about more than A to B. It’s a feeling of togetherness that transforms drives into experiences and experiences into memories.
Over the years we’ve taken our cars, along with the UK’s motoring press, to some amazing locations around the country. And to celebrate our passion for driving we’re sharing our top drives – so why not plan your next adventure with Mazda?
LOCH LOMOND TO GLENCOE
One of Scotland’s most picturesque driving routes begins on the A82 in Balloch, at the foot of Loch Lomond, and runs north along the full length of loch’s western shore.
The road itself becomes increasingly sinuous and, with a tourist coach in opposition, dauntingly narrow as you near the Northern tip of the loch. However, it opens as you climb up onto the bracken-swathed sweep of Rannoch Moor.
Its entrance marked by the first of the Three Sisters – a trio of precipitous mountain ridges that stand sentinel over its southern slopes. The spectacular glacial valley of Glencoe – perhaps Scotland’s finest scenery – was the venue of the infamous massacre of 1692. The cattle-rustling MacDonald clan played host to the cattle-rustling Campbell clan for the best part of a fortnight, and were ultimately rewarded for their generosity by being slaughtered piecemeal.
CHIPPING NORTON TO CIRENCESTER
Our Cotswold route heads south out of Chipping Norton on the A361 – a symphony of fast, sweeping corners – to Burford; a quintessential Cotswold town. At the top of the hill, turn right onto the A40 and then, shortly, left onto the B4425, a road both the width and sheer entertainment value of which utterly belie its ‘B’ status.
Just before Cirencester our route turns north onto the old Roman Fosseway, the A429, and then east on the A40 back to Burford. From here the A424 to chocolate box top-worthy Stow-on-the-Wold combines the facility for terrific pace with outstanding views across the Cotswolds to both the east and west. From Stow, the A436 keeps the driver on his toes before joining the A44 back to Chipping Norton.
EXETER TO SALCOMBE
From Exeter airport drive north on the M5 to junction 27, then take the A361 to Tiverton and then turn north on the A396 up the valley of the river Exe. Turn off Oakfordbridge, where the B3227 runs west along the bottom of Exmoor National Park to South Molton. Continue west until our route meets the A377 following the river Taw south. Crossing the A30 at Whiddon Down, our route climbs to the Dartmoor National Park, turning west at Moretonhampstead, where the B3212 offers fabulously bleak views.
From the very heart of the moor the B3357 follows the picturesque meanderings of the Dart river valley down to the A38, from which our route travels south, round the Kingsbridge Estuary, to Salcombe.
Charming Salcombe is perched on the steep western flank of the surprisingly narrow and mesmerizingly pretty entrance to the estuary. From Salcombe, our route meets the South Devon Heritage Coast on the vast sickle of sand that is Start Bay, crosses the busting Dartmouth Estuary by diminutive car ferry and skirts the faded glory of the English Riviera on its return to Exeter.