Rally Guide 1 available to download
Rally Guide 1 for the 2014 Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally is now available to download from the Competitors section of the event website. This features information to aid intending competitors with their pre-event planning, as well as the important Terms and Conditions regarding our special *Free Ferries* offer. Entries will open on Monday 1st September 2014.
News released: Monday 18 August 2014
Free ferries to the Galloway Hills!
After celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2013 with a brand new spectator friendly ‘Super Special’ stage, the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally has more exciting plans in store for this year’s event on Sunday 26 October.
In association with the Dumfries and Galloway Council Major Events Fund, the Castle Douglas based event plans to offer free return ferry crossings to crews travelling from across the Irish Sea.
Before the recession, the Galloway Hills Rally annually attracted 25-30 regular Irish competitors and the towns in the surrounding area buzzed with the Irish craic. During the recession, the Irish economy suffered more than most, and the entries fell away to a low point in 2010, when the event received only one.
The organising committee believe it is now time to attract back their traditional Irish support, and to kick-start the process the event plans to offer a unique free return ferry crossing to the first 20 entrants from Northern and Southern Ireland, with the hope that this can be extended to more competitors in the future.
Michael Riddick, Clerk of the Course: "For a while now, we have wanted to do something to regenerate the Irish interest in the Galloway Hills, so when the opportunity arose to apply to the Major Events Fund, we put a great deal of effort into our application to secure some funding. By offering a free ferry we are hopefully making the cost of competing in the event the same for everyone, whether you live in Armagh or Aberdeen. We have already run the news by some of our past regulars from Northern Ireland, and they are delighted."
Entries will open in September, but in the meantime, interested crews from Northern and Southern Ireland can find more information on the official website: www.gallowayhillsrally.co.uk/ferries.
Photograph: Northern Irish regulars Liam Regan and Damien Duffin in action on the 2013 Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally. © Alan Scott Photography.
News released: Sunday 23 March 2014