In pictures - The UK's most photogenic road trips

Set your sat navs for these spectacular staycation routes

North Coast 500

With millions of holidays thrown into disarray by lockdown, many people are opting to stay in the UK rather than venture abroad this summer. But staying relatively local doesn’t mean missing out on spectacular scenery and driving roads. The UK has some of the best roads for driving and sightseeing in Europe and to see which road trips were most popular with snap-happy drivers, Click4Reg took to Instagram and analysed the number of hashtags associated with the routes. Scotland’s world-famous North Coast 500 topped the table, with more than 88,000 tags but Wales was the most ‘grammed country, with five of the 15 most popular routes.

The NC500 is 500 miles of stunning roads that run around the north of Scotland. It takes in everything from snow-capped mountains to golden beaches and along the way you’ll see everything from Highland cows to golden eagles

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The Gorge is a tourist attraction in its own right, with its steep limestone cliffs and network of caves. For drivers, the scenery is spectacular but so too is the 14-mile B3135 that twists and turns along the gorge floor
Elan Valley is in the heart of Wales' Cambrian Mountains and its ever-changing roads wind among sites of special scientific interest, rugged scenery and past five giant dams used for training by the legendary Dambusters
Like the NC500, the Causeway Coastal Road blends stunning roads, scenery and food and drink venues as it runs from Belfast to Derry-Londonderry, taking in sights such as the famed Dark Hedges and 16th century Bonamargy Friary
The Snake Pass winds through the Pennines between Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir. Is height means it's vulnerable to winter closures but in summer it offers a paradise of sweeping roads and Insta-friendly views
Sudden changes of direction and dramatic 1-in-3 gradients are the norm on this route from Eskdale to Duddon Valley but if you brave the drive you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views across the most beautiful part of England
This contentious route took its name from the car magazine which made the roads famous. People driving it too quickly has led heavy police enforcement but driven sensibly the roads are still amazing and the scenery breathtaking
The Llanberis Pass is just five miles long but packs a lot into that distance. Whether you’re there for the scenery, the twisting route among rugged hillsides or both, you’ll understand why it’s a popular location for film and TV
If you want to go from London to Bath you can use the M4. Or you can follow one of Charles I’s Great Roads, cutting through picture postcard Cotswolds villages, past ancient churches and alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal
A 70-mile stretch of the A39 that hugs the Devon and Cornwall coastline, with golden beaches and pretty fishing villages nestled among cliffs. Along the way drivers can stop and snap at Tintagel Castle and Trevose Head lighthouse
Running from Fort William to Mallaig the A830 skirts several lochs, the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the silver sands of Morar beach. Bounded by mountains on one side and the rugged coastline on the other, it’s a photographer’s dream
A major road between Manchester and South Yorkshire but one that throws up magnificent views. The A628 sweeps past a series of reservoirs, with views taking in huge swathes of the Peak District. Just avoid it at rush hour
This challenging route takes its name from the huge limestone pot holes where, it is said, farmers used to store their butter. It’s a short route but packed with panoramic views, if you can take your eyes off the twisting Tarmac
The Coastal Way winds along the eastern edge of Wales, clinging to clifftops and plunging to the sea, skirting picturesque villages and beaches. Like the NC500, it is now being presented as a broader food and travel destination
Popular with everyone from Sunday drivers to magazine road testers, and made famous by Top Gear this mountainous pass is a 20-mile stretch encompassing sweeping straights, challenging hairpins and stunning scenery