I bought Sandy the Landy on eBay in 2010. She looked okay to my naive eye, but on closer inspection I discovered a whole host of problems.
Since then I’ve repaired or replaced pretty much everything in need of attention (other than the doors, which are still on the to-do list) and added upgrades for greenlaning and camping.
My wife Sue and I recently set off for a two-week camping trip, aiming to see as much of scenic Scotland as possible. In the Cairngorms we spent two nights at Glenmore campsite – very nice, with a local bar hosting live music. Then on to Applecross via a twisting single-track road. The scenery was fantastic, and there was great food and more live music at the Applecross Inn. I tried fishing at Toscaig pier, but all I caught was a large starfish!
Next was the Isle of Skye, beautiful in the sunshine and the Talisker whisky was superb, but a strong wind destroyed our tent (a local shopkeeper had bet on how long it would last), so we had to turn back early.
Back on the mainland, we stopped at the Commando memorial at Spean Bridge, then went through Glencoe to Loch Lomond, camping again in the Lake District on the way south.
The high points of the trip had to be cooking on my home-made burner and Sandy’s total reliability over 2000 miles. Low point? The Scottish midges – but we’ll be back!
Published in the February 2015 issue of Land Rover Owner International.