The Scottish Malts 2021



A Scottish Adventure For All Levels Of Experience

13 - 17 September

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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Event Characteristics

Start Date


(Excluding scrutineering)

Finish Date


Minimum Licence Required

RS Clubman

Length of route

930 miles

Approx Leg Distance

186 Miles

Pre event training session


Vehicle eligibility

Pre 1986


Navigation type


Roads Used

Sealed Surface

Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


HPM Entry Fee


(until 15 June then £6,171)

Entry Fee


(until 15 June then £6,857)




Single Room Supplement


Limited availability in Rally HQ Hotels

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Event Schedule


Welcome to Scotland

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.


Day One - Edinburgh to Pitlochry

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.


Day Two - Pitlochry to Inverness

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.


Day Three - Inverness to Aberdeen

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.


Day Four - Aberdeen to Crieff

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.


Day Five - Crieff to Edinburgh

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.

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 one bedroom with a twin or double bed.
  • Breakfast & lunch on each of the competition days
  • Dinner with wine included on four of competition evenings – one evening is a free night
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments on each day of the competition
  • Celebratory glass of Champagne as you pass through the finish Arch
  • 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 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-ERA team to keep you on track throughout the week
  • Mechanical on event support throughout the competition days
  • Complimentary Luggage Truck

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 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

Scottish Malts 2021 - Accepted Entries

Scottish Malts 2021 - Pending Entries

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