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Jimbo095



Member Since: 21 Sep 2016
Location: Lincolnshire
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Best Land Rover Experience location?

I have the complimentary half day experience to book and wondered if anybody can recommend any of the locations? I will likely upgrade to a full day and traveling doesn't bother me to get the best experience, any feedback appreciated...

Post #521279 Sat Mar 18 2017 12:08pm
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Jimbo095



Member Since: 21 Sep 2016
Location: Lincolnshire
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P.S. Dealer recommends Eastnor??..

Post #521280 Sat Mar 18 2017 12:10pm
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JOCK55



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I would thoroughly recommend Dunkeld, the only location in Scotland, but I am biased!! Long way for you to travel but the Dunkeld Hotel (ex-Dunkeld Hilton) is a fine location to stay in and the scenery in that area (on the Duke of Athol's estate) is spectacular.

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Post #521283 Sat Mar 18 2017 12:26pm
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Lyonhead



Member Since: 21 May 2016
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Eastnoor done twice and the last time was with an Instructor called Swanny. Excellent for 1/2 day and they do have an option for full days as well as night drives. It was explained to me the LR have rented the grounds for years and years and a lot of testing and research is done at Eastnoor. Swanny was very good/patient and entertaining and made the day even better Thumbs Up

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donny dog



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I did the one in Devon, and it was excellent, despite the car sat. nav. getting me lost on the way back! (Extended to full day, which makes a big difference).

Post #521292 Sat Mar 18 2017 1:37pm
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Tim in Scotland



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2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Stornoway Grey

I've done Dunkeld many times although it has now moved from the grounds of the Hilton Resort to a new location just a little east of Dunkeld. It still operates on the really spectacular land of the Duke of Atholl. I have also done Solihull's factory LRE which although compact certain gives some great experiences, Eastnor which is the grandaddy of all the Experience Centres, Halewood LRE (it is tiny and not worth wasting a voucher on) and Luton Hoo. I would say, apart from Halewood, Luton Hoo was the least challenging, as a seasoned off-roader it was a little boring, but as it was a freebie and included a night in the Luton Hoo House hotel I didn't turn it down! I hope to experience a day out on the Exmoor drives with the Devon LRE this summer. Although I always enjoy Dunkeld I think Solihull and Eastnor LRE's take some beating. 2018 Melting Silver Mini Countryman PHEV - a test car before Seeing if I could go to totally Petrol/Diesel free motoring
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fkarim



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Out of the 3 I've been to, Eastnor was easily the best. Current: VW Golf banger until my delayed XC90 arrives
Gone: MY16 RRS2 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, Carpathian Grey & Santorini Black Sliding Pano/Ebony & Ivory 2 Tone
Gone: MY13 RRS 3.0 SDV6 HSE Black Edition, Orkney Grey/Ivory
Gone: MY09 RRS 2.7 TDV6 HSE, Santorini Black/Almond

Post #521294 Sat Mar 18 2017 2:42pm
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Buckster



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England 2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Orkney Grey

Definitely NOT Luton! 2003 BMW M5 - 5 Litres of V8 Optimax Slurping Goodness in Carbon Black

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RR Ally



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I have done Rockingham Castle twice and its great, very good instructors and my wife was able to ride in the back

Post #521335 Sun Mar 19 2017 8:51am
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RRSTDV8



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United Kingdom 2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Stornoway Grey

Eastnor. Thumbs Up

NOT Luton!! 2012 SDV6 - it's missing a couple of cylinders
2008 TDV8 - it was a labour of love and is much missed

Post #521337 Sun Mar 19 2017 9:15am
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SRE



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Land Rover Solihull or Eastnor, both worth while. Thumbs Up

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Post #521338 Sun Mar 19 2017 9:54am
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hafman



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Agree with the comments re: Luton; I went there a couple of weeks ago and was sorely underwhelmed...

Post #521354 Sun Mar 19 2017 12:47pm
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Canary



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I will second Dunkeld, dona it 3 times including last week and got to see there new headquarters building there, never done any other centre as I can't see how anywhere else would be better than Dunkeld.

Interestingly they had a load of Discovery 5 waiting up at the original experience Hq all ready for the night drives prepared for the paparazzi, who were being accommodated up at the 5 star Fonab hotel paid for by LR.........so nothing like buying your reviews!?!! My64 Supercharged Autobiography loads of issues had to bail into a:
4.4 v8 my16 it's nice but no where near the fun of my beloved scv8!

Post #521364 Sun Mar 19 2017 4:36pm
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challigan



Member Since: 26 Mar 2008
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yep, Dunkeld for me, best of the two (very good) locations I've been to. Did Dunkeld in Evoque, RRS and FFRR - all excellent, even when one of the tyres let go on the RRS in the middle of the rocky sector and the instructor didn't prop the jack correctly so the car fell onto it's brake disc Wink - back to the workshop for that one, bend disk, oops. Colin

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Previous:
2012 Range Rover Evoque Dynamic (too small unfortunately)
2012 VW Amarok (too slow and not enough engine!)
2009 Audi R8 V8 Coupe (lots of fun but sadly gone)
2008 Range Rover Sport HSE TDV8 (great but unreliable)
2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe (great car sadly missed)

Post #521366 Sun Mar 19 2017 6:19pm
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Tim in Scotland



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2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Stornoway Grey

If you choose to go to Eastnor and think that it's a long haul there and back in a day I can highly recommend the night before and after the experience at The Feathers Hotel in Ledbury, about 10 minutes drive for the Experience centre. I think it must be one of the oldest hotels in the UK, but the rooms in the old part of the building are some of the most modern I have stayed in outside of the posh hotels in Dubai. I never saw the rooms in the modern extension out the back but the rooms in the old bit are like something out of a Grand Designs showroom 2018 Melting Silver Mini Countryman PHEV - a test car before Seeing if I could go to totally Petrol/Diesel free motoring
2015MY Corris Grey SDv6 HSE Dynamic, the best car I have ever owned, totally reliable only a cou0le of rattles in 3 years, now no longer in my care
Also in my garage is a 1996 TDi300 Defender 90 County HT made into a fake CSW

Post #521371 Sun Mar 19 2017 8:37pm
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