Riverside

10 picture perfect lake and river side drives from around the world

Through roaming hills and valleys, these mesmerising lakes and rivers provide a scenic journey into the stunning landscapes from around the world. From Scotland to Switzerland and Portugal to Macedonia, this collection of gentle winding roads provide the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax and take in these spectacular surroundings.

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Country: Portugal

ADR: 11.3:1

Road: Peso da Régua to Pinhão

World's best driving route

The road takes drivers along a glorious road that hugs the River Douro, enjoys spectacular views over the vineyards near the river, and finishes in the picturesque wine town of Pinhão. The stretch of 27km mapped includes 93 bends keeping drivers on their toes and allowing them to experience the car’s handling power, whilst offering frequently changing viewpoints. The Douro Valley is the home of Porto wine, and this region became the world's first wine region to have a formal demarcation. The Douro winemaking region was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001, by UNESCO.

length /km
27
Bends
19
Hairpin Bends
03
Fast Straights
12
Accelerating %
02
Cruising %
90
Braking %
01
Cornering %
06
length /km
27
Accelerating %
02
Bends
19
Cruising %
90
Hairpin Bends
03
Braking %
01
Fast Straights
12
Cornering %
06

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Country: Switzerland

ADR: 7.7:1

Road: Flüela Pass from Davos to Susch

The Flüela Pass

Enjoy the beautiful drive from the Alpine city of Davos across the Flüela Pass to Susch through breath-taking mountain scenery. The roads climb and descend with winding curves, although many of these curves on the wider stretch of road soon become narrow towards their end, so this route will put your driving skills through their paces. When you reach the peak of this magnificent drive, you can stop off at a parking bay and enjoy the stunning visuals of Lake Davorsee and its surrounding area.

length /km
28
Bends
37
Hairpin Bends
19
Fast Straights
27
Accelerating %
05
Cruising %
86
Braking %
03
Cornering %
06
length /km
28
Accelerating %
05
Bends
37
Cruising %
86
Hairpin Bends
19
Braking %
03
Fast Straights
27
Cornering %
06

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Country: UK

ADR: 14.3:1

Road: A591 from Kendal to Keswick

The Lake District

This spectacular 30-mile stretch in the Lake District National Park features a winding section of the A591, offering unmatchable views of Lakeland fells and the banks of Lake Windermere and Lake Thirlmere. This drive provided inspiration for poets Wordsworth and Coleridge, and whilst en route, you can even see two of Wordsworth’s former houses, in the pretty village of Grasmere.

length /km
47
Bends
24
Hairpin Bends
06
Fast Straights
22
Accelerating %
02
Cruising %
91
Braking %
01
Cornering %
06
length /km
47
Accelerating %
02
Bends
24
Cruising %
91
Hairpin Bends
06
Braking %
01
Fast Straights
22
Cornering %
06

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Country: Italy

ADR: 9.7:1

Road: Pieve - Riva Del Garda - Strada Della Forra

Apparently named as the eighth wonder of the world by Winston Churchill, Strada Della Forra is an adrenaline pumping road that burrows its way through the mountain in the ravine formed by the river Brasa. The road has legendary status and is located in the province of Brescia, near the shore of Lake Garda. Nestled in the depths of the mountain, expect incredible rock formations overhead, very tight turns to navigate and spine-tingling sheer drops.

length /km
21
Bends
21
Hairpin Bends
09
Fast Straights
15
Accelerating %
04
Cruising %
89
Braking %
02
Cornering %
05
length /km
21
Accelerating %
04
Bends
21
Cruising %
89
Hairpin Bends
09
Braking %
02
Fast Straights
15
Cornering %
05

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Country: Germany

ADR: 38.0:1

Road: Oberes Mittelrheintal (route 4)

One of the most romantic routes in Germany, this road is a relaxing drive along river valleys, through beautiful forests and spectacular scenery. Drivers are treated to just a few sweeping bends - 10 in total on the whole road. Drive past tempting Loreley rock and stop off at Heinrich Heine Mermaids Rock on Burg Katz, to fully experience the breath-taking views.

length /km
73
Bends
10
Hairpin Bends
01
Fast Straights
08
Accelerating %
00
Cruising %
97
Braking %
00
Cornering %
02
length /km
73
Accelerating %
00
Bends
10
Cruising %
97
Hairpin Bends
01
Braking %
00
Fast Straights
08
Cornering %
02

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Country: UK (Scotland)

ADR: 20.8:1

Road: Loch Lomond to Tyndrum (A82)

If lochs are your thing, this is the ultimate drive for you. Passing the mesmerising Trossachs National Park, you can guarantee a drive full of stunning forests, which surround the biggest loch in Great Britain, Loch Lomond. Featuring a small number of sweeping bends and tight turns, this route is primarily straight offering the perfect opportunity to cruise along whilst taking in the most incredible landscape.

length /km
47
Bends
20
Hairpin Bends
03
Fast Straights
17
Accelerating %
02
Cruising %
95
Braking %
01
Cornering %
02
length /km
47
Accelerating %
02
Bends
20
Cruising %
95
Hairpin Bends
03
Braking %
01
Fast Straights
17
Cornering %
02

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Country: UK

ADR: 14.4:1

Road: Ben Nevis to Mallaig (A830)

The road to the Isles - This is definitely a road to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK, and possibly the world - from sandy beaches to roaming hills – you travel along gently winding roads past woodlands, heather moors, stunning sea views and remote wilderness. Across mountains and through glens, the A830 is a spectacularly scenic drive along the coast of sheltered inlets, stunning white beaches and beautiful views to the islands of Rùm, Eigg, Muck and Skye.

length /km
75
Bends
29
Hairpin Bends
09
Fast Straights
26
Accelerating %
01
Cruising %
93
Braking %
01
Cornering %
05
length /km
75
Accelerating %
01
Bends
29
Cruising %
93
Hairpin Bends
09
Braking %
01
Fast Straights
26
Cornering %
05

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Country: France

ADR: 7.3:1

Road: Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon to Les Salles-sur-Verdon (D957)

Located between Nice and Marseille, the road around the lake of Saint-Croix combines beautiful views with gentle corners winding around the lake and up into the Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon. The road provides sweeping curves that skirt past the shimmering Sainte Croix Lake, which is magnificent in any season.

length /km
30
Bends
30
Hairpin Bends
08
Fast Straights
24
Accelerating %
03
Cruising %
86
Braking %
02
Cornering %
09
length /km
30
Accelerating %
03
Bends
30
Cruising %
86
Hairpin Bends
08
Braking %
02
Fast Straights
24
Cornering %
09

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Country: Sweden

ADR: 145.5:1

Road: High Coast Road - Örnsköldsvik - Härnösand

This beautiful road between Härnösand and Örnsköldsvik is the perfect route to admire the magical High Coast of Sweden. The region has an unprecedented landscape with steep cliffs and a vast archipelago. The area is so unique, since the year 2000 The High Coast of Sweden is considered a UNSECO World Heritage Site. This stunning scenic road treats drivers to a number of gentle winding curves, so it's a great one to enjoy whilst admiring the exquisite scenery.

length /km
105
Bends
09
Hairpin Bends
02
Fast Straights
06
Accelerating %
00
Cruising %
99
Braking %
00
Cornering %
00
length /km
105
Accelerating %
00
Bends
09
Cruising %
99
Hairpin Bends
02
Braking %
00
Fast Straights
06
Cornering %
00

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Country: Macedonia

ADR: 32.9:1

Road: Ohrid to Struga

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia straddles the mountainous border between Macedonia and Albania. It is one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. The short road from Struga to Ohrid travels along the top of the shimmering lake and provides a gentle scenic route with few curves to take in the beautiful scenery, with mountains to one side and the stunning lake to the other.

length /km
15
Bends
09
Hairpin Bends
00
Fast Straights
08
Accelerating %
03
Cruising %
94
Braking %
02
Cornering %
02
length /km
15
Accelerating %
03
Bends
09
Cruising %
94
Hairpin Bends
00
Braking %
02
Fast Straights
08
Cornering %
02

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