Travelling by car or motorcycle from the UK and Ireland to Lake Como, Italy can be satisfying as long as you plan your route in advance. There are advantages to taking your own car as you can always stop off whenever you like and do a bit of sightseeing on the way. It also enables you to tour around the lake and other small mountain villages that you might not have visited otherwise.
The RAC website can help you to plan your route which you can print off and take with you. Using a Sat Nav is also a great help when travelling by car but may run out of charge so take a print out of your directions with you, otherwise brush up on your map reading skills.
You can either take the DFDS Seaways ferry or alternatively travel further south and take the Eurostar to cross the English Channel.
Please note that if you are travelling through Switzerland you will need to purchase the road tax sticker which costs approximately €40-€50. This can be purchased at any service station in Switzerland.
One suggested route is to take the ferry from Newcastle across to Amsterdam and then drive mostly through Germany (good motorways) which is a straightforward drive and the transport cafes serve excellent food.