Around Ireland in a vintage Massey
We talk to the flying Scotsman who clocked up 3,500 miles around Ireland
Published 23/09/2015 | 02:30
A journey of endurance, dedication and good 'craic' ended for a tractor enthusiast from Scotland ended earlier this month when he completed a 3,500 mile trip around Ireland. Originally from Essex but now living in Inverness Peter Matheson finished his epic drive on September 6 after spending two months on the roads.
His journey started on July 6 when Peter arrived in Larne on his trusty 1974 Massey Ferguson 135 tractor and his sidekick Amber the labrador.
The duo are no strangers to this type of endurance test as they spent six months driving the same tractor 8,000 miles around Scandinavia last year.
"This idea of driving around a country on a tractor came about after a night on the whisky in Inverness. Along with a few friends we were having a bit of a party until one of them bet me to drive around Scandinavia on a tractor," he said.
"Foolishly I took the bet but as a retired policeman I had no tractor or no interest in them. However, it wasn't long before I bought my pride and joy Massey Ferguson 135 on the internet and started to prepare for the trip.
"I towed a caravan all the way around Finland, Sweden and Norway exploring the countries from August through to January. What a trip! Amber (the dog) came with me the whole way but boy was it cold there.
"I had no windscreen on 'Annie', the name we gave to the Massey, and I had to get one fitted in Finland. It was dark by 2pm each day there and the caravan was cold at night but it was worth it."
It was that adevnture that prompted the trip around Ireland. Peter travelled along the coasts and also ventured into some areas well off the beaten track.