The Scottish Malts 2021



A Scottish Adventure For All Levels Of Experience

26th - 30th April 2021

The iconic Scottish Malts Reliability Trial returns in 2021 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.

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

NOTE: While the Scottish Malts 2021 visits numerous distilleries, HERO events does 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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Event Characteristics

Scrutineering Date


Start Date


(Excluding scrutineering)

Finish Date


Minimum Licence Required

RS Clubman

Length of route

950 miles

(1586 km)

Pre event training session


On Sunday 25th April

Approximate Leg mileage

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


HPM Entry Fee


(until 15 Jan then £6,171)

Entry Fee


(until 15 Jan then £6,857)




Single Room Supplement


Limited availability in Rally HQ Hotels

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Event Schedule


Welcome to Scotland and Gleneagles!

Scrutineering and Documentation will take place on Sunday 25th April with a mid to late morning start allowing time for those crews that wish to travel up on the Sunday plenty of time to arrive before formalities conclude at 4pm. Inexperienced crews may also wish to attend a one hour training session scheduled for 3.00pm on the Sunday.


Day One - Gleneagles to Mull

Day One sees an 8am start for cars as they leave Gleneagles. Following the first distillery control, crews make their way through two Regularities to the first Special Test close to Loch Lomond. The route then heads further north via another Test and a Regularity before crews arrive at Inveraray for lunch. The afternoon takes us further north and includes the final Regularity of the day followed by a scenic run up the west coast to Oban where they climb aboard the Calmac Ferry to the Isle of Mull.


Day Two - Mull to Mull

The challenging roads of Mull bring modern competitors from far and wide and Day Two aims to maximise the opportunities on the island. Our route planners and local fixer have worked hard to ensure that crews see parts of the island not visited before. The day starts with a Test followed by four Regularities and a visit to the Tobermory Distillery before concluding the day with a second run through the morning’s Test.


Day Three - Mull to Aviemore

An early start on Day Three sees the crews leaving the Isle of Mull Hotel and heading back to the mainland on the Craignure to Oban Ferry. Competitors will then make their way north to Fort William and onto a Passage Control and Test at the Ben Nevis distillery. Crews will be ready for lunch before moving on to the ‘Loch Ness Monster‘ Regularity where the organisers have sought out some new locations to entertain. The day concludes at the McDonalds hotel in Aviemore for the first of our 2 night stay. The thoughts behind the double night stays in two hotels means a limited amount of unpacking is required by the crews.


Day Four - Aviemore to Aviemore

A circular day in Speyside is best described as 'Distilleries Day’. This doesn’t mean there will be zero competition as there are several Regularities and Tests amongst the day’s distillery based Controls. Crews can rest assured however that they will have an enjoyable day visiting many distilleries and if desired, replenishing their stocks.


Day Five - Aviemore - Gleneagles

The final day sees us leave Aviemore and head over the infamous Tomintoul to Cock Bridge Road before a Coffee Halt at Balmoral Castle. Crews then head south from Balmoral picking up a late lunch before arriving at Gleneagles in plenty of time for the crews to enjoy themselves and prepare for the prize giving at the end of the event.

*Itinerary Subject to Change

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 Dinner in the Gleneagles Hotel on Sunday 25th 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 Route 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 complement 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.

Entry List

Scottish Malts 2021 - Confirmed Entries

wdt_ID Driver Navigator Year Vehicle CC
1 Graham Abbott (GB) Ian Ocego 1972 MG B 1848
2 Michael Baker (GB) Simon Baker (GB) 1978 Porsche 911sc 2973
3 Karen Blouin (US) Scott Blouin (US) 1990 BMW 318i 1800
4 Darren Bowler (GB) TBA TBA 1973 Alfa GTV 2000 1966
5 Nick Brayshaw (GB) Melissa Kenny (GB) 1955 Jaguar XK140 3400
6 Julia Bricknell (GB) Roger Bricknell (GB) 1968 MG B GT 1800
7 David Brown (GB) Wendy Brown (GB) 1973 BMW 2002tii 1980
8 Doug Carmichael (GB) John Gearing (GB) 1974 MG B GT V8 3450
9 Jim Cooke (GB) David Blackburn (GB) 1985 Porsche 944 Lux 2479
10 Anthony Darwent (GB) TBA 0 TBC TBC 0

Scottish Malts 2021 - Accepted Entries

Scottish Malts 2021 - Pending Entries

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