Where’s the best place in the country to drive a 4×4 Land Rover? Scotland of course! When you go on a 4×4 driving experience in Scotland you will be with a proper 4×4 in its natural habitat far away from the urban setting we are more familiar with.
Set in the heart of East Lothian just a 30 minute drive from Scotland’s capital city Winton House at Pencaitland is the ideal setting to experience just what these rugged 4x4s can do. You will be testing these hardy Land Rovers to the limit on the estate roads and a purpose-built track that has everything right down to the water splashes and piles of logs to drive over.
To go suitably hand in hand with the tricky Scottish terrain you’ll be needing the earth busting go anywhere Defender. These 4x4s have got that fabulously tough military-style exterior with bolted panels and ridiculously high ground clearance. Inside there’s no hint of luxury gadgets and gizmos to keep passengers entertained – and to be honest just being in one of these 4×4 vehicles in itself is an experience as you head over impossibly uneven and steep terrain here in Scotland.
Indeed when you’re driving a Landy 4×4 around this fine countryside estate in Scotland there’s no way you need things like DVD screens and sound systems onboard as everyone will be glued on the action right outside the window!
And one thing we love about this East Lothian experience is that you can bring a passenger along to join in the off road fun so you will be able to have a back seat driver to assist/heckle as you drive and perhaps amaze them with off roading skills that even you never knew had. And all that is down to having excellent instructors to teach you the 4×4 skills all of whom are BORDA (British Off Road Driving Association) qualified.
These experiences are operated by Hugh Roberts who has been competing in offroad events and rallying for many years as well as being a dab hand with vehicle maintenance and mechanics. Nowadays he takes great pleasure in organising and running sessions for novice drivers in the forests around teaching you how to ‘tread lightly’ as he puts it in a big 4×4 vehicle.
In fact his enthusiasm is the epitome of just what 4x4ing Scotland-style is all about. It’s infectious and his teaching skills install confidence even if it’s your first experience of being behind the wheel of a 4×4. The Land Rovers that Hugh uses here in Scotland are one of the best off road vehicles around to take on the challenges of the rough and rugged countryside.