All aboard to the Galloway Hills
The organisers of the Galloway Hills Rally, the final Scottish gravel rally of the season, have exciting plans in store for this year’s event on Sunday 25 October.
The Castle Douglas based event, which is promoted by Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs, will visit some ‘old favourite’ stages in the northern Galloway Forests which have not been used on the event for many years. The compact route of six gravel stages all located to the north-west of the host town, will be linked by a visit to a new service area, thanks to assistance from Forestry Commission Scotland.
Following on from the success of a free ferries scheme in 2014 after the event secured a grant from the Dumfries and Galloway Council Major Events Strategic Fund, a similar incentive will be offered in 2015, in the hope of receiving many more entries from across the Irish Sea.
The Galloway Hills Rally has been held annually since 1974, and will be a scoring round of the Five of Clubs Rally Championship and Border Challenge, and for the first time will also welcome competitors from the Ecosse Challenge and Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship.
The event was well received by registered competitors while acting as the reserve event in the Scottish Rally Championship in both 2013 and 2014, and it is hoped that those competitors who enjoyed ‘The Hills’ will return in 2015 to get their final gravel fix and some practice ahead of the 2016 event.
Supplementary Regulations will be released in September, but in the meantime interested crews can keep up to date on our website or facebook page, and crews from Northern and Southern Ireland can find full details at www.gallowayhillsrally.co.uk/ferries
News added: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Photo caption: “The Northern Irish crew of Desi Henry and Damien Duffin finished on the podium in 2014. They were one of over 20 crews who took advantage of a free ferry incentive offered by the event.” © Frank Love