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Highlands and Islands expedition - what vehicle would you recommend?

I am planning a once in a lifetime trip around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for when I retire shortly. I'd like to buy a new vehicle that will cope with public roads, whatever the condition, and handle any gradient. I don't want out and out luxury, but would appreciate a bit of comfort. I intend to spend months on the trip. What vehicle would you recommend?

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A new Dacia Duster 1.2 TCe 125 4x4 for £14,895 would probably handle it (+ £495 for satnav). Comes on mud and snow tyres and with a full-size spare, 6 speeds and a low first gear for the gradients. See: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/dacia/dacia-duster.../
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