The 11th Flying Scotsman

5 – 7 April 2019

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The 11th Flying Scotsman Vintage Motor Rally 2019

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April, 2019

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Quality Endures

Unlike so much in modern life, quality endures, such as the finest vintage motorcars and the real steam-powered Flying Scotsman. The same, dare we say it, applies to great motoring adventures. Built on the rock solid concept and foundations that the ERA founder, Philip Young, laid down a decade ago we have a lot to live up to. It’s no small responsibility but the accolades of countless returning competitors spurs the whole Flying Scotsman organising team to continue seeking ways to enhance this event while maintaining it’s hard earned position as the premier rally designed exclusively for Vintage motorcars.





In 2019, the 11th edition Flying Scotsman moves close to the action with a northern start on the shores of Windermere in the heart of the magnificent Lake District National Park. Route Designer and Clerk of the Course, Anthony Preston, is burning the midnight oil to craft yet another of his remarkable routes that will be sure to provide a challenge for the competitive while remaining accessible and enjoyable for everyone and anyone that relishes three days driving some of the most outstanding roads in England and Scotland in the company of like minded enthusiasts. From Start to the Finish another very fine Flying Scotsman is in prospect.





Don’t run the risk of finding a full entry list for the next Flying Scotsman. Register your interest now by calling Annette, Eleonora or any of the Rally Office team or email us for your copy of the event brochure and entry form. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and offer any guidance you may need.

Phone:   +44 (0)1235 831221

Email:   [email protected]



The 11th Flying Scotsman 2019

Confirmed Entries

Flying Scotsman 2019 - Confirmed Entries [3049665]


Accepted Entries

Flying Scotsman 2019 - Accepted Entries [3049665]




The Route

As the Flying Scotsman moves into its second decade, the event heads ‘up country’ to the scenic roads of Northern England and Scotland for an exciting new motoring adventure that takes us from the shores of Lake Windermere to a luxurious finale at the Gleneagles Hotel. The route contains a traditional mix of Regularity Sections and Special Tests with a Time Control Section thrown in for good measure.

The following route survey notes give a flavour of what is planned…

Friday 5 April – Lake Windermere to Slaley Hall (200 miles)

Having been flagged off from the start on the shores of Lake Windermere, we skirt around the lake itself and head south through the picture postcard scenery, which has been recognised with UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The first competitive action will see us tackling a brace of Tests on the estate roads of a fine country house and these will soon be followed by the first Regularity Section over some classic fell roads.

More moorland motoring follows as we make for the morning coffee stop at a former manor house, now luxury hotel near the coast. We head back into the hills for the next Regularity Section, which offers some beautiful Lake District vistas. It is then on to lunch by way of further Tests, which should favour the more nimble cars.

Following a fine meal in luxurious surroundings, we turn east in the afternoon to skirt the northern fringes of the Lake District National Park. Two Regularity Sections of varying character are first on the menu before we climb high into the hills to reach the afternoon refreshments break in Alston, with an appropriate heritage railway theme.

The Northern Pennines live up to their ‘Roof of England’ billing by providing a series of flowing roads that snake their way across open moorland. These are the perfect backdrop for the final sections to the overnight halt at Slaley Hall where the bar will be open and the highs and lows of the day can be discussed…

Saturday 6 April – Slaley Hall to Turnberry (235 miles)

The longest day of the event beckons and after a quick blast around the golf course access roads, we have an easy run on flowing cross country roads west to Cumbria. On the way, there will be chance to pick up fuel in Hexham. After this enjoyable run-out, there will be an interesting Regularity Section across the Bewcastle Fells to the Scottish Border and on to the morning refreshments halt in Newcastleton.

Then, taking in some of the fine B-roads for which Scotland is famed, we will be whisked west towards Lockerbie for the second Test of the day. This is quickly followed by a second Regularity Section over the hills to Nithsdale, where lunch will be taken in a traditional yet stylish country hotel.

From lunch, we drive west over the moors for a scenic Regularity Section, before turning south to tackle some private land mileage that will test both drivers and navigators to the full. Following this excitement, the afternoon tea stop near Gatehouse of Fleet will provide some welcome respite.

Enjoyable driving roads continue to be the theme as we journey across the wild uplands of Dumfries and Galloway by way of a couple of Regularity Sections to round off the day. The last section should prove of interest to any arborologists on the entry list…

Then all that remains is a short run to the coast near Girvan and north to our home for the night in the luxurious surroundings of the world famous Turnberry Resort. After a testing day behind the wheel, there will no doubt be plenty of tales to tell at dinner this evening…

 Sunday 7 April – Turnberry to Gleneagles (175 miles)

By now, you should be into the swing of things and will be raring to go for the final morning departure onto the roads of Ayrshire with our ultimate destination now within reach. To get you into the groove, the action starts today with a couple of Tests early on and an interesting Regularity Section across the hills to the morning coffee stop on the coast near Largs.

Turning inland, we take in two short Regularity Sections as we make our way past the conurbations of the Glasgow area and across the River Clyde as quickly as possible. Once clear of this section, we take a fabulous driving road through the scenic Trossachs en route to lunch in Callander.

Suitably fed and watered, the final afternoon run is a loop into the southern Highlands to skirt Loch Earn before finally making for Gleneagles. Along the way, we tackle two Special Tests and a Regularity Section.

Before we know it, we will be pulling in to our final terminus at the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel, a welcome sight for ‘Scotsman’ regulars. The bar will be open and we can all share the memories of three days on the road before gathering in the evening for the Prizegiving Dinner.

Don’t run the risk of finding a full entry list for the next Flying Scotsman. Register your interest now by calling Annette, Eleonora or any of the Rally Office team or email us for your copy of the event brochure and entry form. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and offer any guidance you may need.

Phone:   +44 (0)1235 831221

Email:   [email protected]