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A Renfrewshire man plans to drive the Hebridean Way in a vintage tractor…but first, he has to cover almost 240 miles to catch the Ullapool ferry!

Robert Wilson, from Houston near Glasgow, plans to drive to Ullapool on Monday (April 15) in his Fordson Super Dexta to raise cash for three cancer charities.

The epic open cab adventure will see Robert (60) drive the length of the Western Isles to catch the Oban ferry in Castlebay and end his journey in Rothesay on Saturday, April 20.

In total, he will drive an estimated 368 miles in a tractor that is more than 60 years old and has a top speed of 18 miles per hour.

The tractor, originally owned by Robert’s father, will go full circle by ending the journey in Rothesay, for it was on the Isle of Bute that the hardy Fordson was first put to work.

There is a certain synchronicity in that the tractor and Robert were both first registered by his father in 1964. The Fordson was eventually sold on to the Isle of Bute, where it remained until December 2023, when Robert bought it back.

A tractor mechanic, Robert is no stranger to long tractor road trips. In April 2022, he undertook a similar challenge, driving from Houston to Orkney and back, raising over £26,000 for charity.

When he arrives back in the Isle of Bute later this month, he will be joined by Bute Vintage Tractor Club members to complete the last leg of the journey.

The three charities chosen to benefit from the fundraiser are the Beatson Cancer Charity, British Heart Foundation and Calum’s Cabin.

Robert’s online appeal has already raised £6,100 at the time of writing .