The epic sweep of coastline around Scotland’s Isle of Islay is a worthy destination for any grand tour. Here you’ll find wide open skies, rugged inlets and lochs — and, of course, a globally acclaimed whisky industry with hundreds of years of heritage and a heavy, peaty character much favoured by collectors and enthusiasts. It’s also a challenge for a conventional sporting GT, with roads that give way to rough tracks and steep scrambles, along with hedgerows, dips, ditches and potholes.
The Aston Martin DBX is in its element. A high-riding grand tourer and the marque’s inaugural, highly anticipated luxury SUV, DBX takes this kind of terrain in its stride, providing a perfect blend of practicality, ability and downright sporting brilliance. Carefully honed over years of development, including time spent in the rally stages of Wales, the deserts of the Middle East and the demanding off-road course at the Millbrook Testing Ground, a little uneven tarmac is no trouble whatsoever for DBX’s all-season Pirelli tyres.