There are few experiences in Europe that can compare to a late-summer drive through the enchanting Glens,  across the vast moors and alongside the beautiful Lochs of the Scottish Highlands.

2 to 7 September 2021

Open to all cars of a type built before 31 December 1976.

Event Highlights

Starting from historic St Andrews we meander westwards to stay on the coast in a scenic loch-side hotel. The next day we pass awe-inspiring Glens and mountains before crossing over the sea to sleep on the Isle of Skye, the largest of the Inner Hebrides and home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes.

Returning to the mainland the next day, we cross the country to spend the next two nights close to the cathedral city of Inverness, where we may be lucky enough to catch sight of the Northern Lights (or the Mirrie Dancers as they’re known locally) in a clear night sky. This brace of nights in the same bed will be separated by a foray into the far North and some of the remotest regions of the British Isles.

On the final day the route crosses the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest National Park, and the Tay Bridge before returning to where we started in St Andrews, the home of golf. We will celebrate our achievements that evening with a Gala Dinner and prize-giving back at our luxury hotel, where a few drams may also be on the menu.

To find out more about this Rally, read Mark’s Appleton’s Recce Report from August 2020

Please note that the recce report below was written in August 2020, before the postponement of the Rally. This may mean that there are some changes to the route for 2021.


KM of driving







New 2021 dates…

Thursday 2 September 2021

Scrutineering, Signing-On & Welcome Dinner, St Andrews

Friday 3 September 2021

Rally Start from St Andrews

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Rally Finish, Prize-giving & Gala Dinner, St Andrews
Eligible Cars:

Cars of a specification produced before 31 December 1976
Separate classification for cars of a specification produced before 31 December 1945
Please check with us if you are not sure your car is eligible.


There will be 3 or 4 Regularity Sections per day on twisty but quiet minor roads, and around 10 Special Tests throughout the event on private land including large car parks, farm tracks, airfields, etc.

Roads used:

Some of the most scenic Scottish minor roads are bumpy so low-slung cars may need to be driven with care, but we will avoid rough, potholed and unsurfaced roads as much as possible.


We will use top quality hotels wherever these are available and provide a tasty lunch and group dinner every day. We will provide a van to transport your luggage between hotels (weight restrictions will apply).


All non-competitive sections and around half of the Regularity Sections will be defined by a detailed tulip Road Book. The remaining Regularity Sections will involve simple map reading using map extracts that will be provided in the Road Book.

View the published entry list by clicking the link below!

-Graham Goodwin (GB) / Marina Goodwin (GB)Bentley Supersports53001926-
-Carl-Peter Forster (D) / Carl-Ferdinand Forster (D)Bentley 3 / 4 ½45001926-
-Reto Mebes (CH) / Hans-Jürgen Benze (D)Bentley 3 / 4 ½45001930-
-Peter Zernial (D) / TBAChevrolet Roadster41001934-
-Bob Cook (GB) / Geoff Morson (GB)Chevrolet Coupe33001937-
-Christian Brash (GB) / Matthew Brash (GB)Aston Martin 15/9819981938-
-John Whitelock (GB) / Nicole Whitelock (GB)Ford Coupe36001938-
-Gavin Henderson (GB) / Diana Henderson (GB)Frazer Nash BMW 32819901939-
-Manuel Dubs (CH) / Irene Dubs (CH)Ford Coupe36191940-
-Jim Gately (USA) / Tony Brooks (GB)Ford Thunderbird47851955-
-Kurt Bock (D) / Max Julius Bock (D)Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII30001955-
-Mike Harrison (GB) / Lorna Harrison (GB)Triumph TR3A21881959-
-Colin Weekley (GB) / Veronica Weekley (GB)Austin-Healey 300029121960-
-Phillip Monks (GB) / Patricia Monks (GB)Jaguar Mk 234421961-
-Mick de Haas (NL) / Grace de Haas (NL)Porsche 356B16001961-
-Nigel Woof (GB) / Sally Woof (GB)Triumph TR421381962-
-Charles Stuart-Menteth (GB) / Nicola Stuart-Menteth (GB)MGA Mk II18001962-
-Alan Beardshaw (GB) / Tina Beardshaw (GB)Aston Martin DB539961965-
-Clinton Smith (GB) / Dawn Smith (GB)Porsche 91120001965-
-David Roberts (GB) / Jo Roberts (GB)Triumph TR25024981968-
-Stephen Hardwick (GB) / Samantha Hardwick (GB)Alfa Romeo Giulia GT19621971-
-Tim Eades (USA) / Jim McLaren (USA)Ford Escort20001971-
-Jeff Urbina (USA) / Chris Pike (NZ)Porsche 91130001972-
-Andrew Long (GB)/ Gina Long (GB)Datsun 240Z24001972-
-Andrew Laing (GB) / Ian Milne (GB)Datsun 240Z24001973-
-Anthony Verloop (NL) / Sonja Verloop (NL)MGB GT V835001973-
-Ean D Lewin (GB) / Alison Lewin (GB)Ford Escort Mexico16011973-
-Harold Hayes (USA) / Kaitlin Hayes (USA)Porsche 91130001973-
-Peter Morton (GB) / Louise Morton (GB)BMW 200219901973-
-Otakar Chládek (CZ) / Jindřiška Žemličková (CZ)Mercedes-Benz 350 SL35001973-
-Paul Taylor (GB) / Paul Haslam (GB)Ford Escort MkI RS200019931974-
-Steve Young (GB) / Deborah Woollard (GB)TBATBATBA-
-Peter Gordon (GB) / Griz Gordon (GB)TBATBATBA-

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