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Overland travel isn’t always about driving. Sometimes you need to get out and walk. When Britain’s remotest pub – The Old Forge Inn, Inverie, Knoydart – opened for 2017 last weekend, we had to be there. Though on the mainland, Inverie has no roads connecting it to the rest of the country. Your only access options are the ferry from Mallaig, or a 16 mile (26 km) walk. We chose the latter.
• We started by wild camping at the end of Kinloch Hourn. Britain’s longest dead-end road, it took an hour to drive to the end of its 22 miles. During which we saw just 2 other cars.
• A good night’s sleep was needed for a long hike ahead…
• …as was a decent breakfast.
• You have been warned.
• The path was often simply a case of following the puddles.
• The trees often added to the feeling of isolation.
• This was the most life we saw all day (until we got to the pub).
• It didn’t rain.
• Halfway along we came across this very early (and tidy) Defender. Only 38,000 miles on the clock. Probably because it’s spent life stranded on a completely isolated mile-long road that connects 3 houses.
• Something was creating these weird bubbles beneath the surface of the sea loch, but we’re at a loss to tell you what.
• There was no telephoto lens used here; just a cheap compact camera. He really was that close.
• The few buildings we saw were all empty.
• Even the rocks were unusual.
• As dusk drew in, the Knoydart partying really got started.
• Having recently watched ‘The Wicker Man’ again, we were glad of the confirmation that Inverie isn’t pagan.
• Apparently, there is 1 Land Rover to every 3 people in Inverie. The proof was outside the pub.
• The best-tasting beer is always that drunk after an 8-hour hike.

turas-issue-oneWe can highly recommend TURAS – a free new online magazine dedicated to camping and 4×4 adventures.

fm-sunset-beach-editThanks to Jonathan Vaughan for this kind testimonial:

“We took a Land Rover with friends for a 9 day adventure: was probably the best holiday we’ve had.  We love sun, beaches and bars but never done something like this and wow, was amazing.  The Land Rover is full kitted out: beds comfy and the views and where you can go are brilliant.  We camped on beaches, drove down a river to a lovely private place.  Highly recommend it.  Thanks, see you again soon.”

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NA - ForestThanks to Nigel Andrews for this testimonial from his trip in June:

“Spent a fantastic 4 days in Scotland with wall to wall sunshine.  The Landrover was superb, fully equipped with everything you could possibly need.  Couple that with the brilliant service from Scotland Overland and you get a perfect holiday.  Thank you to all involved and if you’re wondering whether it’s for you then give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.”

DS - FabsilWe love this stuff: Fabsil Universal Protector.  We’ve been plastering it all over our tents in readiness for the new season, and after a little test can confirm it works.  We painted half a tent with the Fabsil, left the other half untouched, and then waited for the rain.  You could see the water beading on the treated half, whereas it started to soak into the fabric on the untreated side.

But hopefully it won’t be too heavily tested this summer!

DS - Balmoral (Edit)The Balmoral might be Edinburgh’s most prestigious hotel, but we’re sure you’d agree it looks classier if you park a few Land Rovers outside it.

NvB - Sunk (Edit)For the Dutch readers among you, here is a PDF copy of the article published in the de Volkskrant newspaper about their journalist’s ‘eventful’ trip in one of our Land Rovers.

DS - Ben Damph (Edit)Yesterday we met the manager of an estate in Wester Ross, and we’re delighted to say that they’re happy to open their land to our vehicles. This enables our clients to drive tracks and camp in places otherwise inaccessible to the public. The estate has about 8 miles of rough tracks, running along the spectacular coastline of Upper Loch Torridon, and running inland alongside a stark and dramatic inland loch, with some truly great camping locations.

Autumnwatch Screen ShotIf you didn’t see it last week, check the episodes of Autumnwatch on the BBC iPlayer to see how their team captured never-before seen footage of deer rutting from one of our Land Rovers.

Outdoorx4Thanks to Jonathan Nimerfroh, Nantucket-based photographer and client of ours, who recently had an article about his Scotland Overland experience published in OutdoorX4 magazine.  The article can be previewed here.  Also check out Jonathan’s excellent website for some inspired images.