Yesterday, (Wednesday,13 May 2009), organisers of The Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association Rally of Scotland announced the route for the inaugural Rally of Scotland, which will take in some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes, historical locations and world-renowned rally stages. The event, which takes place from November 19 to 21, will be the twelfth and final round of the prestigious Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) and will be broadcast live on Eurosport to an audience of millions worldwide.
Special stages 1 and 2 and the Ceremonial Start will begin in the grounds of Scone Palace, Perth, the former coronation site of Scotland’s kings and queens, on the evening of Thursday, 19 November. Other venues include the Service Parks at Blair Castle on Friday 20 November and the centre of Stirling on Saturday 21 November.
The Ceremonial Finish, which will be free of charge for spectators, will take place on the spectacular Stirling Castle esplanade, allowing rally fans and families alike to get up close to the cars and drivers.
Seasoned rally followers will welcome the inclusion of both new and established gravel road special stages on Saturday, including Achray, Fairy Knowe and the longest stage of the event, at 35km, Loch Ard. Some of these iconic rally stages make a welcome return to the motorsport calendar, after an absence of almost two decades.
Details of how to purchase tickets together with other important news is available by visiting the Rally of Scotland website.