The Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally

SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2021

The Galloway Hills Rally has been held in the forests of South West Scotland since 1974.

The 2021 event marks the 22-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 support of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Major Festivals & Events Strategy, and our individual Event Partners.

The Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally has acted as the final round of the popular Scottish Rally Championship since 2016, and was voted ‘Best Event’ in the seven-round series in 2017. Due to a calendar reshuffle in 2021, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be the penultimate round of this year’s KNC Groundworks Motorsport UK Scottish Rally Championship.

Event promoters, Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs propose to run a 40-mile Interclub rally on Saturday 11th September 2021.

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HISTORY OF ‘THE HILLS’

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 a 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 ‘Gallacher Trophy’ for First Overall, to which he added his name another twice in ’78 and ‘79. Others scoring multiple victories include Stephen Harron (‘95, ’96, ‘97) and David Bogie (‘07, ‘14, ’18, ‘19).

Five-times winner Murray Grierson (’86, ’90, ‘92, ‘94) remains the only person to have won the event from both seats, when he added a win as a Co-Driver in ‘93, and current event sponsor, Jock Armstrong, is the most successful driver on the event, scoring an impressive nine wins since 2006.

MORE THAN JUST MOTORSPORT

Whether you are looking for culture, local produce or speed on 2&4 wheels, Galloway has something in store for everyone.

In August, ‘the food town’ of Castle Douglas will embark on a weekend of activities, under the Castle Douglas Bike & Food Festival banner, bringing great food and great sport together in the Heart of Galloway.

The popular Oyster Festival in Stranraer, a three-day celebration of the area’s unique coastal heritage, culture, people and fabulous local produce, sadly won’t happen again due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we look forward to 2022.

After the 48th Galloway Hills Rally in September, comes the annual Wigtown Book Festival, a ten-day literary celebration in Scotland's National Book Town.

And if it’s 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.