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.


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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.

Request an entry form

To request an entry form for Highland Thistle Rally, please contact our the Rally the Globe office on +44 (0) 113 360 8961, or email directly via

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