Lake District, Route 66 and the Scottish Highlands are named best routes for a relaxing drive by stressed-out Brits

STRESSED-out Brits have named the Lake District, Route 66 and the Scottish Highlands the dream locations for a relaxing drive.

Wales, Italy and New Zealand are also among the top spots.

This is according to a study of 2,000 adults by Hyundai, who looked at the dream road trips for unwinding following the launch of their new i30 Fastback N.

The most popular country is Scotland, and in particular the Highlands, which is famous for its dramatic landscapes and quiet winding roads like the A82 and A835.

Scotland topped the list ahead of what's arguably the world’s best-known road, Route 66 in the USA.

Other desirable locations included the Lake District, North Wales, Cornwall, Australia, New Zealand and the California coastline.

Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman said: “Our modern world offers more opportunities than ever before in many ways, but at the same time, people are also more stressed than ever before.

"Research shows that having access to nature is a real way to unwind and destress, but many of us live in heavily built-up urban areas with little access to nature beyond a shuffle around our local town park, which is often not exactly an oasis of peace, with dogs and footballs flying in all directions.

“Your car becomes not just a mode of transport, but a gateway to another world, in which your everyday worries and concerns are far behind you.

“Scotland has been voted the top destination for a relaxing drive, but even if you are not lucky enough to live in Scotland, our green and pleasant land offers plenty of choices for anyone who wants to regroup and destress away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday life.”

Top relaxing drives

  1. Scotland
  2. Route 66, USA
  3. Australia
  4. New Zealand
  5. Lake District
  6. Californian coastline
  7. Wales
  8. Italy
  9. Cornwall
  10. Iceland

Sun Online Travel previously revealed how Brits said that Route 66 was the most Instagram-worthy road trip.

Meanwhile, Snowdonia and the Argyll Coastal Route make some of the most scenic drives.

We have also shared some of the top road trip routes in the UK.

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