INFINITI ROAD TRIP: SMALL ISLAND, BIG MOTOR

If you’re making the journey to the Outer Hebrides by car then you need some comfort....
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Hundreds of miles stretch ahead, even from our starting point in Edinburgh. You’re heading to what seems like the top of the world. And then some.

We took comfort, literally, in the luxurious surroundings of an for this northbound road trip, a journey definitely memorable enough to tick the road trip box.

The luxury model looks slick, low and swoopy. Its grown-up looks and engine growl make it a powerhouse of a vehicle ready to take on the miles through the Highlands and beyond in some style.

The car definitely has eye-catching luxury looks and took to the A90 out of Edinburgh with ease and ambition, facing a 212 mile ride to Ullapool without fuss.

There were four big people in this marriage of mountains and miles, so the comfort levels in this exec vehicle were always going to be tested to the max.

Without doubt they passed. The rear interior space was somewhere for even the longest of skinny-jean-clad legs to sit back in with ease. Deep leather seats offered comfort and support and the drop-down armrest was an ample resting place for devices, earphones and Percy Pigs, the pre-requisites for any journey.

The cabin is made for comfort with great visibility and easy navigation, which are two of the big things you’re looking for on a journey that takes in open roads and big views. For once we weren’t clock-watching, other than the race for the ferry, but the clock on the dash was always worth a second glance for its retro styling.

Any road trip requires a soundtrack, and open highways always lead us to Pat Metheny whose sounds shared the wilderness journey perfectly, booming out from the Q70’s mighty Bose speakers.

On the road the Q70 offers decent grip and control, with the diesel engine smooth, refined and delivering a reasonable punch. It really loved the long empty roads through a landscape taking in the Cairngorm mountains topped with snow and plenty of whisky distilleries for the non-drivers, among them The Glenlivet, Eradour and Dalwhinnie. All have tours – and the Q70’s boot space is ample to store a case or two.

We headed to Ullapool and the ferry to Stornaway. There’s always an art to settling a big car in to the bumper-to-bumper lanes on a compact ferry, so this was where the Q70’s tech came into play to great effect.

Front radar and cameras and extensive parking sensors made it easy to judge distance and space and settle us for the two and half hour ferry journey to our isle destination.

Which we arrived at in the dark. Really dark skies territory here – amazing clarity and star-gazing perfection.

We faced an hour’s ride to the village of Leverburgh. Roads are good, but we’re definitely talking remote. The car felt secure and managed the twists and turns of what, in daylight, we realised were roads that hugged beaches and rocky pools.

The Q70 was a great friend for our time on Harris, which definitely boasts a landscape of contrasts. You have to leave the car behind to explore vast swathes of pale sands and swooshy dunes – but the more rugged east side of the island turns moonscape with roads implausibly channelling through rocky outcrops, past pre-historic looking pools and gaping crags.

This is a test for any car and you need plenty of time – certainly worth it when you turn a corner to see a colony of seals on rocks just a few feet away!

Q70 loved Harris, from its spectacular sunsets to fabulous distilleries – and was perfectly happy being parked up in paradise as we hiked off.


Infiniti Q70 supplied by Infiniti Newcastle | infinitinewcastle.com

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