The Scottish Malts 2018


16TH - 20TH APRIL 2018


HERO Scottish Malts Classic Regularity Event is the premier classic car event in Scotland.

‘The Malts’ as it has become affectionately known is a classic blend of regularities and driving tests set in the beautiful scenery Scotland provides. 2018 will see the 16th running of the event, starting from the spectacular and world-renowned Gleneagles Hotel, The Malts has something for everyone. The social side is another reason the event is so popular, we always aim to have everyone back for dinner and to swap stories of the day’s action.

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Event Description

Introductory difficulty

The roads of Scotland are quiet away from the cities, they provide us with some of the best driving and scenery in the United Kingdom, we guarantee that you will enjoy the experience of these stunning lanes. Early Bird HPM (HERO Premier member) entry is £4,590. A £750 deposit secures an entry with the balance due on the 15 th Jan 2018.
The Malts gets its name from the whisky distilleries we visit along the way, traditionally we try and site some driving tests at these venues, but we also visit castles, stately homes and attractions en route, the variation is wonderful.

The 16th Scottish Malts, one of HERO’s most popular events, will once again take you through some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery for this Introductory Level five day regularity event. Driving during daylight hours you’ll visit bonnie glens & lochs, stately homes & castles across the whole of Scotland from our start and finish at the magnificent Gleneagles Hotel, with the only 2 Michelin Star restaurant north of the border. During the event we’ll only be using three hotels meaning you won’t be packing your case every morning; so you’ll feel more relaxed whilst reflecting over dinner and taking a wee local dram at the end of the day.

Quiet country lanes that afford stunning vistas – sometimes dreaming that you’re the only car around for miles. Keep a look out for streaming waterfalls, majestic Stags on the hills and the occasional soaring Osprey. From breath-taking mountains to the rugged coastline, you’ll take in the best of our Scotland-only event.

All this combined with just 180 miles per day using straightforward tulip style road books means entries will fill quickly for this hugely enjoyable rally. Some of the highlights: St Andrews with the world’s most famous golf course, a visit to Balmoral after it was ‘snowed off’ on the 2016 event, tackling a compact version the infamous ‘Loch Ness Monster’ regularity section, whilst collecting miniatures from the distilleries en route & enjoying hospitality at some great venues. The basic tests revisit some old favourites and some new locations as well as ‘spinning around the barrels’ at a couple of the distilleries.

The Malts is aimed at a wide range of competitors, the navigation and route are designed to allow those who have never competed before enjoy the challenge and excitement of a truly international event, but still able to test the experienced crews who compete on the event.

Event Characteristics

Start Date


(Excluding scrutineering)

Finish Date


Current Entry fee

from: £4,590

Length of route

950 miles

(1586 km)

Pre event training session


Approximate Leg mileage

190 miles

(304 km)

Vehicle eligibility

Pre 1/1/1986

Navigation type

Tulip / Map-based

Night sections


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


Vehicle Information

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards.
  • The cars will be spilt into classes, based on age and cc. There will no differentiation between sports and saloon cars.
  • HERO continue to generally favour older cars and the route chosen has been planned around cars from the 1960’s but both older and newer cars will feel equally at home.
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars.

What is included

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people.
  • Lunch on each day of competition.
  • Six nights’ accommodation (crew of two sharing – supplements available for single rooms)
  • Evening meals.
  • Champagne reception & Welcome Dinner.
  • Champagne reception & Awards presentation banquet on Friday 20th April.
  • Generous awards list.
  • Rally plates and side number plates.
  • Detailed road book.
  • Map-book.
  • Event souvenirs and whisky miniatures.

Entry qualification:

1. Entries are only accepted on receipt of a completed online application form and the deposit of £800 being received.

2. The entry is only confirmed once the balance in received on or before the due date of 19th November 2017

Entries received that do not meet the criteria of 1 and 2 above will be automatically moved to the event Waitlist and an entry on the Waitlist will be moved up to the entry.



Event Schedule


Welcome to Scotland and Gleneagles!

Sunday the 15th of April will be documentation and scrutineering day.


Day One - Gleneagles to Crieff

Monday heralds the start of the event into a not-too-demanding regularity and a test or two as you traverse the leafy lanes and smile at road-signs you could only ever see in Scotland – Yetts o’ Muckhart, Auchtermuchty et al. The Kingdom of Fife and beautiful St Andrews are yours for lunch, followed by the trip into Perthshire and the Crieff Hydro Hotel for the first of two nights there. With a great history and established in the 19th century for the ‘Cold Water Cure’, the only cure you may wish to take is a drop or two in your dram!


Day Two - Crieff to Crieff

Tuesday is deep in the heart of Perthshire, with its rolling tree-covered hills and grand stately homes. You’ll see the mythical Glamis Castle, previously a Royal Household and the setting for Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', with the mountains for the next day’s drive in the distance. Another warm welcome beckons for your return to the Crieff Hydro.


Day Three - Crieff to Inverness

Wednesday starts with a regularity that passes the Cultybraggan Camp, the eerie looking Historically Listed WWII Army Camp before driving the banks of Loch Earn and into the mountains. The spectacular and atmospheric Glencoe awaits, the most recent of its legends being where James Bond paused with his DB5 during the ‘Skyfall’ film. There will be a few whisky barrels to avoid rubbing at the Ben Nevis Distillery before continuing to the previously mentioned light version of the Loch Ness Monster regularity and the run down to the luxurious Kingsmill Hotel in the heart of old town Inverness.


Day Four - Inverness to Inverness

On Thursday you’ll get even further north, on the opposite side of Loch Ness amongst the impossibly tall conifers and winding single track roads. The Cromarty Firth, full of slumbering North Sea oil rigs, gives you the first of the day’s distilleries before heading over the hills past one of Scotland’s finest views above the Dornoch Firth. A picturesque regularity on the edge of the northerly Sutherland Mountains marks the turn south-wards finally as you still need to squeeze in a couple more distilleries in the afternoon. Views of the Moray Firth will precede the run in to Inverness again, but keep an eye out this time for the dolphins that live near the Kessock Bridge.


Day Five - Inverness - Gleneagles

Your departure on Friday takes in a little bit of Macbeth country to the east of Inverness, following the river Findhorn south as you head for a test at a whisky distillery that’s turned production to gin. There may still be some snow on the peaks as the route takes you through bleak heather moors “o’er the top” to The Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle. Here the cars will line up right in front of the castle for that unforgettable picture and then it’s onwards via Royal Deeside towards Perth as the distilleries & regularities aren’t finished yet! The finish line at Gleneagles and a glass of celebratory bubbly awaits…


Entry List

Scottish Malts 2018 - Confirmed Entries


Scottish Malts 2018 - Accepted Entries

Scottish Malts 2018 - Pending Entries

Event Documentation

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