The Wild Atlantic Way 2016

May 2016 and we have found ourselves in a mini heatwave, but Being Ireland that can chage in a matter of minuites. We decided to set out towards the town of Bushmills in Norther Ireland to drink the Whiskey, Step on the Giants Causeway and Walk the Rope Bridge to an Island.

We set off with our 2 dogs for the first time. They would sleep in the lower half of the tent while we slept up top in the roof tent.

The rear of the defender has been been custom built with running water, Gas, 12v WAECO 35L Fridge, Dry Goods Pantry & all cooking equipment. This would be the first time we would get to use it for more than 2 days at once.

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We set off on Sunday morning from Wexford and arrived home Wednesday night having covered 910 miles. The trip went very well from a planning point of view. It did give me a few ideas on how improving some of the system to make things quicker. The Satnav software on the iPad might need to be checked further. We were testing a new offline App while also using google maps. we did find one or 2 bugs that might need to be ironed out before the big trip.





IMG_2296Equipment – I finally got to use my ex British Army Arctic Sleeping Bag. Its designed to be used in Norway for temperatures below -20. Night time was about +3 degrees and the bag was perfect, not too hot and maintained a good body temperature through the night. So that’s another item ticked off the list and tested.

Vehicle Service

I thought it might be a good time to carry out a full service as we were heading on a circa 800 mile trip.

I changed the Oil all the filters. Part number below and all available from Paddock Spares



Oil Filter – LPX100590

Rotor Filter – ERR6299

Air Filter – ESR4238

Diesel Filter – ESR4686M


I also tightened the handbrake as it was getting a little slack, topped up the washer fluid, changed the wiper blades, topped up coolant and checked the rest of the fluids.









The wiper spindle on the drivers side was becoming loose so i had to change that too. This job is a compete nightmare and requires taking the entire top of the dash out including most of the binnacle and console. Be prepared to get your hands scratched to bits from the sharp edges.