After the 2020 cancellation, the iconic Scottish Malts returns in 2021 for its 17th running with a brand new route. The five day event moves to a fresh start venue in the Edinburgh area where you will be able to enjoy the peaceful setting of our Hotel and Country Club base. This should be the perfect tonic to put you in the right mood for a week of action sampling some of Scotland’s finest roads.
Our new start takes us through some previously unused territory before heading onto the more familiar roads of the Cairngorms and Spey Valley for overnight stays in Pitlochry and Inverness. Later in the week we head east into more new territory and the Malts’ first visit to the historic ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen. The week’s events are concluded by looping back west towards Loch Lomond before the conclusion and awards ceremony close to Edinburgh.
The Scottish Malts aims to provide a great experience for all participants by mixing the great roads of Scotland with visits to local distilleries along with other special locations. Competition will be varied and set at an introductory level while still providing entertainment and excitement for the more experienced.
NOTE: While the Scottish Malts 2021 visits numerous distilleries, HERO-ERA Events do not condone drinking and driving. If it is established that either crew member has been consuming alcohol between the first and last Time Controls of a day, then in line with HERO Standard Regulations, the crew will be excluded from the event.
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The event will start and finish at the impressive and recently refurbished Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club. Located in open countryside on the outskirts of Edinburgh but within easy distance of Edinburgh Airport, the hotel is in the perfect location to be well connected for crews arriving by either road or air.
A mid morning start to Scrutineering and Documentation will allow plenty of time for those arriving on Sunday morning to complete formalities before proceedings close at 4pm. Inexperienced crews may also wish to attend a one hour training session that we have specially arranged for the middle of the afternoon.
Monday morning quickly sees crews heading north and over the River Forth via Queensferry Crossing en route to the event’s first test. The opening regularity is just a short distance from Test One and this leads us west to the event’s first distillery based Passage Control. More action and distillery visits follow as we start to move north for the first of two visits to the market town of Crieff and our lunch halt for the day.
The countryside really starts to open up as the afternoon commences and we continue north towards the Tay Forest. Looping west we then head into the Grampians before making our way towards the Victorian town of Pitlochry for a late afternoon arrival at our hotel for the night. A warm welcome will be waiting at the majestic Atholl Palace Hotel which combines leisure, fitness and spa facilities with fine views of wooded parkland grounds.
The longest day of the event starts with us heading west through Glen Brerachan before turning north through Glenshie towards the Cairngorm Mountains. In addition to its distillery theme, the ‘Scottish Malts’ is also well known for its visits to significant buildings and stately homes. This morning’s coffee halt will see us visiting the first castle of the event as we break for coffee at the imposing 17th century Braemar Castle. We continue to head west following the picturesque River Dee taking in another distillery and a regularity section before arriving at the day’s first test and our lunch destination located at a picturesque Victorian castle.
Fully refreshed from lunch, crews will then head towards the Spey Valley where distillery visits become the main feature of the afternoon. For the competition minded however, the afternoon still includes a regularity along with several tests which due to the generosity of the businesses concerned, are situated within the distilleries themselves. Partway through the afternoon we take afternoon tea at a delightful old railway station sited on the now decommissioned Strathspey Railway. We conclude the day with more distilleries followed by the run into Inverness where our base for the night will be a luxurious hotel and spa close to the city centre.
A leisurely start sees crews heading east and passing Culloden Battlefield en route to the first of three morning regularities which start under the impressive 28 span Nairn Viaduct. Coffee will be taken at a National Trust for Scotland castle where we have arranged special access and parking for a great photo opportunity. Heading for lunch in the historic former city of Elgin, we visit a preserved distillery museum before commencing the final regularity of the morning.
After lunch we return to the northern end of the Spey Valley for more distillery visits before striking out into new ‘Scottish Malts’ territory. Heading east via a series of regularities and a test punctuated with afternoon tea at a second National Trust for Scotland property, we will arrive at the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen. Our base for the night will be the modern Aberdeen Altens Hotel where a friendly welcome and state of the art health and leisure facilities await.
We continue to venture into new territory as day four gets underway. The longest regularity of the event starts on the outskirts of Aberdeen, we then head south across the Cairn O’Mount pass. Our route then continues in a south westerly direction skirting the edge of the Grampian Mountains and following Strathmore to take in some classic roads, a historic bridge, and a series of regularities. We arrive back in Pitlochry where we plan to take a late lunch and hold a test at a nearby castle.
Following lunch, we stay close to the River Tay before heading into Glen Almond for the final section of the day and a late afternoon return to the market town of Crieff. Located in a 900 acre Scottish Estate and full of character, our hotel for the night is the historic Crieff Hydro where a warm welcome will await weary crews.
Our final day will keep crews on their toes, with five regularities and at least two tests, maximum concentration will be required right up until the chequered flag. First off, we head north skirting the edge of Glen Almond and passing picturesque Loch Tay before morning coffee. A longer road section delivers crews to an iconic location for the longest test of the event where both crew member’s skills will be tested and the cars can ‘stretch their legs’. We then head south passing one of the UK’s most heavily guarded military facilities before the morning’s final regularity takes us to lunch on the shores of Loch Lomond.
Quickly after lunch we head into another test, so care should probably be taken to not overindulge at the desert table! A string of three regularities and a section of motorway passing the renowned Kelpies sculptures, weaves us through the increasing conurbation and delivers us back to the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, where the finish arch and celebrations await.
Itinerary subject to change.
|1||Graham Abbott (GB)||Ian Ocego||1972||MG B||1848|
|2||Julian Adams (GB)||Martin Farnworth (GB)||0||TBA||0|
|3||Michael Baker (GB)||Simon Baker (GB)||1978||Porsche 911sc||2973|
|4||Karen Blouin (US)||Scott Blouin (US)||1990||BMW 318i||1800|
|5||Paul Bloxidge (GB)||Ian Canavan (GB)||1985||VW Golf GTi MK2||1781|
|6||Darren Bowler (GB)||Greg Sadler (GB)||1973||Alfa GTV 2000||1966|
|7||Ed Abbott (GB)||Roger Bricknell (GB)||1979||Jaguar XJ-S V12||5434|
|8||David Brown (GB)||Wendy Brown (GB)||1973||BMW 2002tii||1980|
|9||Alessandra Burke (IT)||Patrick Burke (GB)||1979||Fiat 124 Spider (A&D)||1995|
|10||Doug Carmichael (GB)||John Gearing (GB)||1974||MG B GT V8||3450|
|1||John Evans (GB)||Adam Harvie-Clark (GB)||1971||Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti||0|
|2||Tony Sutton (AU)||TBA||1984||Porsche SCRS||3200|
|1||Richard Malpass (GB)||Ian Malpass (GB)||1967||Ford Lotus Cortina||2039|