The Galloway Hills Rally has been held in the forests of South West Scotland every year since 1974.
The 2020 event marks the 21-year anniversary of sponsorship from Dumfries-based Construction and Waste 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.
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.
The event joined the British Rally Championship in 2019, running a 75-mile National A event in tandem with the usual 45-mile National B event. Following the COVID-19 Pandemic, both the 2020 KNC Groundworks Motorsport UK Scottish Rally Championship and the British Rally Championship have sadly been cancelled.
Event promoters, Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs now propose to run a single 45-mile Interclub rally on the *provisional* date of Saturday 31st October 2020. More information will be released shortly.
September 12th, 2020
Following the implications of the latest government announcements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great disappointment that the management committee announce that the 2020 […]
September 14th, 2019
Dumfries ace David Bogie stormed to victory at Saturday’s (14th September) Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally, winning the 45-mile KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship qualifier in fine […]
September 11th, 2019
Some of the best drivers in the British and Scottish Rally Championships will head to Dumfries and Galloway this weekend as the ever-popular Armstrong Galloway […]
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.
Whether you are looking for culture, local produce or speed on 2&4 wheels, Galloway has something in store for everyone this Autumn.
The Tour of Britain will again visit the region at the start of September, followed by the third Oyster Festival in Stranraer, a three-day celebration of the area’s unique coastal heritage, culture, people and fabulous local produce.
After the 47th Galloway Hills Rally, a selection of events which are part of the Autumn of Endurance will take place on and around Loch Ken, followed by the annual Wigtown Book Festival, a ten-day literary celebration in Scotland's National Book Town.
This varied collection of fabulous Autumn events, which are all recipients of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy funding, will close with the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light.