The Scottish Malts 2020



A Scottish Adventure For All Levels Of Experience

20th - 24th April 2020

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. 2020 will see the 17th 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.

Find out more information on the stunning 5 Star luxury Gleneagles hotel here –

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Event Description

Introductory difficulty

The iconic Scottish Malts Reliability Trial returns in 2020 for its 17th running.  It will be a five day event starting and finishing at the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel with 2 nights spent on the beautiful Isle of Mull and 2 nights in the resort town of Aviemore.  Crews will have a chance to see some of the awesome scenery of the Scottish Highlands, particularly around Loch Lomond, the Isle of Mull and Loch Ness before visits to the distilleries in Speyside which the event is synonymous with.  Also, we will visit many special locations for lunches and coffee halts all of which will be revealed as the route planning continues throughout the next 12 months.

The competition will be varied but it is set at an introductory level event.

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Event Characteristics

Scrutineering Date


Start Date


(Excluding scrutineering)

Finish Date


Length of route

950 miles

(1586 km)

Pre-Event Training Session


On Sunday 19th April

Approx. Leg Distance

180 miles

(290 km)

Vehicle eligibility

Pre 1/1/1986

Navigation type

Tulip / Map-based

Easy maps, supplied.

Night sections

Daytime Only

Roads Used

Sealed Surface

Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


Event Permit

Motorsport UK

Mid Bird HPM Entry Fee


Up to 15th January 2020

MId Bird NON HPM Entry Fee


Up to 15th January 2020




Single Room Supplement


Limited availability on Mull. Available on a first come first served basis

Join as a HPM, which costs £145 per year and save on your Entry Fee

Join as a HPM

Vehicle Information

  • Entry is open to cars that are pre 1986 or a model available pre 1986
  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards
  • The cars will be split into classes, based on age and CC. There will be no differentiation between sports and saloon cars.
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars.
  • HERO continue to generally favour older cars and the route has been planned around cars from the 1960’s but both older and newer cars will feel equally at home.

What Is Included In The Entry Fee

  • Entry to the Event for a car and a crew of two
  • 6 nights accommodation in a single room with a twin or double bed.
  • Breakfast & lunch on each of the competition days
  • Dinner with wine included on the evenings of Monday through to Thursday
  • Drinks reception prior to the Welcome Dinner
  • Welcome Black Tie Dinner in the Gleneagles Hotel on Sunday 19th April
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments on each day of the competition
  • Celebratory glass of Champagne as you pass through the finish Arch at Gleneagles
  • Champagne spraying under the arch – for the top three cars and crew along with all the finishers (group picture)
  • 12 Whisky miniatures, for each crew member, representing each distillery that you visit along the route
  • Drinks reception prior to the Gala Awards Dinner
  • Gala four course Awards dinner including wine
  • Individually personalised souvenir Road Books with overview maps
  • Rally Plates and door stickers
  • Event Regalia
  • Finishers award
  • Special Awards
  • Class Awards down to third in each class
  • Overall awards for the top three
  • A full compliment of experienced HERO team to keep you on track throughout the week
  • Mechanical on event support throughout the competition days
  • Complimentary Luggage truck

If you wish to arrive a day or two early or stay a night or more longer please contact the Gleneagles accommodation booking team direct.

Event Schedule


Welcome to Scotland and Gleneagles!

Scrutineering and documentation will take place on Sunday 19th April at the Gleneagles Hotel with a mid to late morning start and finishing at 4 pm. There will be a training session starting at 3 pm for 1 hour for crews who wish to attend.

Crews will then be able to relax and enjoy the Black Tie Welcome dinner in the hotel.


Day One - Gleneagles to Isle of Mull

An early start for the first car from the Gleneagles Hotel with the route taking us across the country, skirting around Loch Lomond and visiting the first of our distilleries where we hope, to have a test using the whisky barrels as obstacles, before we head to a coffee halt on the shores of Loch Lomond.

The route then takes us further north to Inverary for lunch and tests in that area before having also tackled the iconic Rest and Be Thankful Hillclimb. The final run from lunch takes us through to Oban Port where some crews will have time to enjoy the town before we head on the Calmac Ferry to the Isle of Mull for our 2 night stay in the Isle of Mull Hotel overlooking the wonderful shoreline and views back across to the mainland.


Day Two - Isle of Mull

A full programme of activities on the Isle of Mull is planned.

A mixture of regularities and tests going to parts of the island we have not visited before as well as a visit to the only distillery on the island of Tobemory before we return to the Isle of Mull Hotel for our second night in this beautiful location.


Day Three - Isle of Mull to Aviemore

An early start leaving the Isle of Mull Hotel and heading across on the Finish to Lochaline Ferry making our way north to Fort William and a test at the Ben Nevis distillery before a lunch halt gives crews time to relax and enjoy the wonderful surroundings overlooking Ben Nevis.

The afternoon will see the Loch Ness Monster regularity revisited, although, with some of the changes to the roads in this area, we have sought out some new locations to entertain the crews before we eventually end up at the Macdonald Hotel in Aviemore for a 2 night stay.


Day Four - Aviemore to Aviemore

A circular day in Speyside is best described as the day of distilleries. There will be limited competition on this day, mainly visiting the distilleries to allow the crews to have a relaxing and enjoyable day replenishing their stocks


Day Five - Aviemore - 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 2020 - Confirmed Entries

Scottish Malts 2020 - Accepted Entries

Scottish Malts 2020 - Pending Entries

Event Documentation

Equipment Check-List

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