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Share the passion of a Land Rover-loving community in a remote corner of India | Experience the thrills of driving on ice in the Range Rover Velar | Explore stunning Donegal with seafarer Monty Halls and his family | Relive the child-like sense of wonder captured at the Above & Beyond Tour | See why the Range Rover PHEV impressed mountaineer Jimmy Chin | Encounter the most powerful Defender: the Classic Works V8 special



NEVER STOP DISCOVERING The Discovery makes short work of the coastal gravel roads. On foot, conquering the cliffs of Sliabh Liag proves a highlight, especially for indefatigable young Isla we had created an itinerary that meant delving into every aspect of the wilderness around us, a veritable surf and turf extravaganza that would utilize every aspect of the vehicle and our ingenuity. I have always maintained that there is no finer explorer than a child, and we now had two of them bouncing around in the back of the car, desperate to be unleashed on the landscape that surrounded them. The county represents quite a playground for any age. With an area of 1,877 square miles. and a population of only 160,000, vast swathes are given over to wilderness: loughs, ancient peat bogs, forests and mountains. I’m not entirely sure at what point a hill becomes a mountain, but what the two main ranges of Derryveagh and Blue Stack lack in altitude, they certainly make up for in grandeur. But I was keen to baptize the vacation in brine, so we drove to the chocolate-box pretty port of Portnablagh to dip our toes in the sea. A trait we found throughout Donegal is that you can drive straight onto the beach, and I did so muttering sotto voce in gratitude at the Discovery vehicle’s sure-footed feel on sand. Apparently each day in peak season a car becomes an unwitting amphibious vehicle as the tide races in, so it was rather nice to feel confident about beating a hasty retreat to higher ground if required. This also gave me a chance to use the optional Land Rover Activity Key, which – to my lingering shame – I had only found in the glove compartment just before the trip. This was doubly embarrassing as I’d been hiding the main key in clumps of grass every time I had gone surfing or diving for the last six months, when I could have simply strapped on the wrist band and got on with it. But better late than never, and I tapped the band on the trunk, was met with a reassuring whirr of the central locking, and charged off to catch up with the kids who were already shrieking and splashing in the shallows, leaping crystal clear waves that raced toward them. We had decided to kayak out to a local sea arch, the home (so I assured Isla and Molly) of the local mermaids. It was a short paddle along the coast to the arch, a glimmering world of reflections and whispering echoes. Molly, sitting between my knees on the kayak, assured me that she had indeed seen a mermaid catching a fish, and I hadn’t seen it as “only little girls can see a mermaid, not grown-ups,” which seemed to make perfect sense to both of us. That evening, glowing with the warmth of the sun and the memories of the day, we drove to our overnight accommodation. This was – and bear in mind the importance of this when you’re a little kid (or indeed a 51-year-old man) – a lighthouse. And not just any old lighthouse. Fanad Lighthouse was built in 1817, and stands 72 feet above the Fanad Peninsula. This may not sound particularly impressive in terms of its height, but climbing the 79 steps to the top of the tower makes you appreciate every inch. The view that greeted us was so all-encompassing, so ludicrously, riotously beautiful, that the kids were struck dumb (only temporarily, mind you). The accommodation at the lighthouse is in the old keeper’s cottage, where history is held in the walls. You fall asleep to the percussive sound of the sea in the coves far below your bed. Next on the list was riding horses along a beach. It’s probably time to give up the pretense that this itinerary was built around the dreams and aspirations of two small girls – there may well have been elements of a large middle-aged man’s bucket list in there somewhere as well. We spent the day in the company of the Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre, whose endlessly patient staff moved heaven and earth to get the entire family on horseback walking beneath the dunes of Tullagh Beach. Molly was sat upon the smallest pony I’ve ever seen, 57


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