ClassicCarPassion.com, the Driver's Club and the Atelier Technique Historique are delighted to join forces to bring you a rally that is out of this world, combining beautiful roads, charming hotels, great food and memorable sightseeing throughout your stay... all in Scotland for this very first edition.
The rally is limited exclusively to 10 cars to ensure the best experience and the best locations.
Below you will find more information about the route, the rally and how to register.
Ferry to Scotland
We will take the boat from Amsterdam to Newcastle to get to the start of the rally.
On the outward journey, departure from Amsterdam on Saturday 24 June 2023 at 5.30 p.m. and arrival in Newcastle at 9.30 a.m. the next day.
On the return journey, departure from Newcastle on Saturday 1 July 2022 at 17:00.
Here is the link to the booking website for the crossing: CLICK HERE
The booking of this crossing is to be arranged by yourself. This will make it easier for you to choose the type of cabin you want.
Sunday 25 June 2023
After leaving the ferry, we will leave for a day dedicated to the crossing of Northumberland and South Scotland from east to west. A region wrongly neglected by tourists, the borders are full of riches: vast abbeys and numerous castles. There are also large rolling forests with hills going down to the beaches which, in the west, benefit from the highest sunshine rate in Scotland. No distillery today but certainly a visit to a castle... We will stay at the Enterkine House Hotel for this first night.
Monday 26 June 2023
Today is the day when things start to get serious! After our first full Scottish breakfast, we go to Ardrossan where we will take the ferry to the Isle of Arran. Our first Hebrides! The Isle of Arran is one of Scotland's jewels. This enchanting island is a feast for the eyes and for the taste buds. It concentrates in itself all the diversity of the Scottish landscapes. After the tour of the island, a first distillery awaits us: distillery of Arran, one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland... A tasting, a lunch and we board the second ferry of the day to reach the Kintyre peninsula. The coastline is spectacular. From its beaches, where the water sparkles on the rocks, we can see the islands of Islay and Jura as well as Ireland. Another nice walk around the island and we will take the last ferry of the day to reach the island of Islay. It is the southernmost Hebrides of the archipelago. It is known for its unique whiskies with a particular smoky and peaty flavour (Lagavulin, Coal Ila, Ardmore, Laphroag, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Bowmore...). We will stay at the hotel Port Charlotte for 2 nights.
Tuesday 27 June 2023
Two islands on the programme today, Islay and Jura and only a short ferry ride from one to the other. Islay is a land of rolling moors and peat bogs. For whisky lovers, we will organise tastings à la carte because we won't be able to do them all... For the others, it will be more about discovering the sea products, the bays with their turquoise waters and the seals that bask there. We will then move on to the island of Jura. It is located just north of Islay and is even more wild and isolated. It is here that George Orwell withdrew from the world to write his masterpiece, 1984. 6000 deer live there in freedom and cohabit with the 200 inhabitants of the island. A hike is necessary... After this busy day, we take the road to Islay where we spend a second night in hotel Port Charlotte.
Wednesday 28 June 2023
After another Scottish Breakfast, we take the ferry back to the Kintyre Peninsula. A radical change today, we stay on the mainland, although... We set off to discover Argyll. Besides two of the most beautiful castles in Scotland, this region has many charms and deserves to be visited. First stop, one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, the loch Awe. Wedged between forests and mountains, it is also the longest loch in Scotland. At its northern end, we will discover the photogenic ruins of Kilchurn Castle. Built in 1440, it is one of the most spectacular medieval sites in Scotland. A must-see.
After this stage, we head for the pass of brander to reach Appin. We will stay two nights at the Pierhouse hotel which is held on the waterfront by the pier for Lismore Island. The view of the sea is spectacular and the atmosphere at the end of the world is relaxing... A beautiful evening in perspective.
Thursday 29 June 2023
Today, we are heading to Oban for a day dedicated to the Isle of Mull. Oban is the seafood capital of Scotland... It is here that we will take the ferry to the Isle of Mull, whose landscapes are among the most beautiful and varied of the Hebrides. The jagged ridges of Ben More, the black basalt rocks of Burg, the sparkling white sand, pink granite and emerald waters along the Ross Peninsula. There's also a magnificent waterfront capital and an impressive castle.
Tobermory will be our stop for lunch. The main village of Mull, it is a small picturesque fishing port with colourful houses. If you are lucky, you may even spot whales from the waterfront.
In the afternoon, new adventures await us. We will take the ferry to Ardnamurchan point, the westernmost point of the British mainland. The narrow, winding road back is one of the most beautiful in the Highlands, especially in late spring, when it winds through clumps of bright pink and purple rhododendrons. A short ferry ride and we are back on land to Port Appin where we spend a second night.
Friday 30 June 2023
Today is a good day to start our journey back to Newcastle and Belgium. We will be travelling through the Trossachs National Park area with its thickly forested hills and lochs. A beautiful stage awaits us to reach our hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the Houstoun House Hoteland its spa to relax...
Saturday 1 July 2023
Last stop, heading south to Newcastle and our ferry. No motorway on the programme but not too much time to lose today either. We will cross the Lowlands to reach the Alnwick Castle for a final visit and lunch. Famous home of the Dukes of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle has gained recent fame for being the reference point for the famous wizarding school attended by Harry Potter. Hogwarts is here... Besides that, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England and its garden, designed by a Belgian garden architect, is the most visited in England. A must see! After the visit, we still have 50 km to go to the ferry and to sail to Amsterdam... What a week!
What you need to know:
- You will have to carry your luggage
- Mechanical assistance is provided. However, needless to say, repatriation assistance is more than desirable
- The budget includes all hotels (6 in total), all meals (lunch and dinner), all visits, all tastings, all ferries (there will be many) except the one from Amsterdam to Newcastle and back which you must book yourself.
If you wish to register, we ask you to contact our team by mail.
We look forward to seeing you soon on the most beautiful roads in Europe.