The Galloway Hills Rally has taken place in the forests of South West Scotland since 1974.
The 2023 event marks the 24-year anniversary of sponsorship from Dumfries-based Construction and Renewables specialists, The Armstrong Group, who have backed the event since the year 2000.
The event would also not be possible without the cooperation and assistance of our local Forestry & Land Scotland team, and the support of both our individual Event Partners, and Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Major Festivals & Events Strategy.
The Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally has been a round of the popular KNC Groundworks Motorsport UK Scottish Rally Championship since 2016, and was voted ‘Best Event’ in the series in 2017 and 2021. We are also pleased to continue as a round of the Northern Historic Gravel Rally Championship.
Event promoters, Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs will regularly update the event’s social media channels (search @gallowayhills) with news and other information ahead of the rally in September, and information for Competitors, Marshals and Spectators will be added to the relevant pages of this website when they are available.
September 18th, 2023
As well awarding Overall and Class prizes, we are pleased to award our Perpetual Trophies to these worthy winners in 2023: BRIAN ALLAN MEMORIAL AWARD […]
September 16th, 2023
County Durham rally driver David Henderson secured back-to-back wins on Saturday’s (16 September) Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally, to keep his and co-driver Chris Lees’ 2023 […]
September 16th, 2023
The action will start from Talnotry at 15:00. ■ Live Results: www.rallies.info ■ Social Media: @gallowayhills ■ Live Feed: via the Scottish Rally Championship from SS1+4 ■ Spectator Information: visit the Spectators […]
Dating back to 1974, the Galloway Hills Rally is one of the longest running motorsport events in Scotland. Beginning as a collaboration between two local clubs - Solway and East Ayrshire Car Clubs - the team was strengthened by the addition of neighbouring Machars Car Club in 1983, forming the partnership which lasts to this day.
The event, which has been based in South West Scotland for its duration, has had winners from all corners of the British Isles, with notable multiple wins for Drew Gallacher, who donated his 1975 prize money to purchase the perpetual ‘Gallacher Trophy’ for First Overall, to which he added his name twice more in 1978 and 1979.
Local Drivers have always been successful on the event, with five wins apiece for former Scottish Champions David Bogie (2007, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2021) and Murray Grierson (1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994). The latter remains the only person to have won the event from both seats, as his 1993 win was as a Co-Driver.
Event Sponsor, Jock Armstrong, is currently the most successful driver on the event, taking his Subaru Impreza to an impressive nine wins between 2006 & 2017.
Whether you are looking for events celebrating local culture, local produce or speed on 2&4 wheels, a whole host of events across the region supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Major Festivals & Events Strategy have something in store for everyone.
There are musical offerings in the form of the Knockengorroch Festival, Music at the Multiverse, and the Traditional Music Trust, the popular cycling events Raiders Gravel and The Gralloch, as well as the UK National Vintage Tractor Run, Drumlanrig Offroad Motorsport Festival and the Galloway Hills Rally.
In Wigtownshire, you will find the popular Stranraer Oyster Festival, a three-day celebration of the area’s unique coastal heritage, culture, people and fabulous local produce, and the annual Wigtown Book Festival, a ten-day literary celebration in Scotland's National Book Town. The year will end with the Wild Goose Festival, a week-long programme exploring nature, creativity, and place.
If it’s just breath-taking scenery and enchanting coastlines you’re after, why not try the South West Coastal 300 – a stunningly scenic 300-mile road trip around the South West of Scotland.