Unleash your inner adventurer, with a nomadic, dog-friendly break exploring the UK at its ruggedly scenic best, from the comfort of a Land Rover and a rooftop tent!
  • Sleeps: 2 (+1)
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathrooms: n/a
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

True adventurers know that you can’t get under the skin of new surroundings without completely immersing yourself in them… which means swapping boring hotel rooms for fresh air and canvas walls.

The brainchild of Yorkshire Vehicle Hire, Defender Camping allows you to get right under the skin of some of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes, by renting an iconic Land Rover Defender, complete with a rooftop tent and a full camping kit!

Ideal for two adults (and their four-legged friends!), you can choose from Milly, a ‘pocket rocket’ Defender 90 with two seats and a drive away awning, or Bruce, a Defender 110 Utility with five seats and large boot space – ideal if you’re bringing the dogs, and perhaps even a littler guest, along for the ride!

Once you’ve completed your ‘getting to know you’ session with Milly or Bruce, you’re free to take the open road. Set out on your favourite of a scenic selection of rugged routes that take you all over the UK, with handy suggestions for stop-offs and favourite campsites thrown in.

The Best of the Moors takes you along open moorland roads that showcase the finest of UK coast and country in 2-3 days… perfect for a unique weekend break. History buffs may prefer the Northumberland 250 route, with its – you guessed it! – 250 thrilling miles of amazing views and historic landmarks.

Those looking for a longer break will love embarking on the world-famous Scottish North Coast 500 route, or why not make an even greater escape with the Isle of Arran Coastal Road – otherwise known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’? Beginning with a 45-minute ferry ride from Ardrossan, you’ll feel as though you’re truly getting away from it all.

Faithful journey companions to the last, your weatherproof, wind resistant rooftop tent can be set up in minutes, while your camping kit is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need.  

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At a glance

  • Hire a Land Rover Defender with a rooftop tent and full camping kit, and set off to explore the UK’s finest, most ruggedly beautiful landscapes!
  • Choose from two iconic Land Rover Defenders: Milly, a two-seater Defender 90, or Bruce, a five-seater Defender 110 Utility.
  • The spacious, comfortable rooftop tent supplied sleeps 2 adults (with a little one in the middle!) on a memory foam mattress. Ground tents can be provided for larger family trips.
  • There is full cooking/dining equipment in your camping kit, along with camping essentials that include matches, lanterns and a power bank. Optional add-ons include a bike rack/mountain bike hire, a pizza oven, and a craft beer box.
  • Choose from a UK-wide selection of epic country and coastal routes, with suggestions for stop-offs and campsites included.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly


Land Rover Defender (2- or 5-seater), with a weatherproof rooftop tent sleeping 2 adults.  XL drive away awning/utility tent, memory foam mattress, barbecue/grill system, gas cylinder and hose, 15L water container, cool box, 4 camping bowls, 4 cups, insulated mugs, mess tins, collapsible kettle, 5L collapsible sink, pot/large pan, grill plate, peeler, tin opener, knives, tongs, spatula, meat prongs, bottle opener/corkscrew, chopping board, cutlery, condiments, vacuum flask, tea and coffee, cleaning products, collapsible camp kitchen table, matches, lighter, camping lantern, 2 head torches, hand torch, multi-tool scissors, rubber mallet, camping axe, hanging clock/temperature device, first aid kit, wilderness wash, USB charger.

Local Activities

Please check your chosen route for suggested activities.

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You’ll be snug as two (or three!) bugs in a rug on top of your flat-roofed Defender, bedding down on a comfy memory foam mattress… and with plenty of storage inside your insulated tent, it’s easy to create a calming, cosy space that’s completely your own.

A full camp cooking kit is also supplied, with an inventive collapsible sink, a collapsible kettle, a multi-purpose barbecue and grill system, and all the equipment and utensils you’ll need.   There’s even the option to upgrade your break, with luxury add-ons that range from a craft beer box to a pizza oven.

There’s just one last thing. Every road trip worth its salt needs an epic playlist… and Defender Camping have created one especially.  So, all that’s left for you to do is fire up Spotify, wind down the windows, and get ready to embark on your very own adventure!

Things to note

Well-behaved small/medium sized dogs are welcome. Please allow for a 60-minute familiarisation session with your chosen Defender before setting off on your adventure.

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What the guests of Defender Camping say

“My boyfriend and I spent 3 nights exploring the Lake District in the fantastic rooftop camping Defender. Absolutely everything you could need is packed away neatly; table, chairs, cooking equipment and little touches like salt/pepper, chocolate buttons and fully charged power banks, you can tell how much thought is put in to everything included. Tom was brilliant at talking us through everything when we collected and was flexible with collection and drop off times meaning we got to make the most of our time with the Defender. The roof tent goes up and down in seconds and is spacious enough to sit up in and very comfortable to sleep in. The car itself is just a dream, we were able to explore the windy roads of the Lake District, watch the sunrise from the roof tent and genuinely just feel like the coolest people on the planet. We will definitely be hiring again I can’t recommend Tom and Yorkshire Vehicle Hire enough I think they’re really on to a winner here!”

“My girlfriend and I recently did a trip through the North of Scotland spanning just over a week and it was by far the best road trip experience I have had to date. We hired the Land Rover defender with Rooftop tent which has been a dream of mine for some time now. Hiring from Tom and the crew at Yorkshire Vehicle Hire was an absolute delight from start to finish, Tom was super helpful in answering my long list of questions regarding the camper. In truth there was not a single thing that we felt like we were missing – from the camping chairs, fully kitted kitchen down to the camping axe that we used to chop up our firewood for our camp fires – these guys have thought about literally EVERYTHING! We’ll be back to hire again, can’t recommend these guys enough!”

“Hired the Defender 90 for a few days up in the Lake District and the Dales and it was absolutely amazing! The vehicle is so much fun to drive / camp in particularly as it’s so unique! It’s a real head turner. It’s also incredibly easy to use – the tent takes less than 20 seconds to pop up and it’s maybe 1 – 2 minutes to put down (super easy and Tom walked us through it to make sure we got it.) The defender comes kitted out with everything you’d want or need for some adventurous time away camping and was incredibly comfortable. My girlfriend isn’t the biggest fan of camping so this was the compromise and she loved it! We took our own duvet and that combined with the memory foam mattress made for some super comfortable sleeping (if you’re worried about whether it’s comfortable or not, don’t!) Honestly can’t reccomend this and Tom enough and it’s been a real blessing to explore the countryside more! We’re already planning the next booking in April!”

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