Due to popular demand (see 2017 report below) the Rally will be held for the fourth time in Thornhill Stirling on 4,5 6, and 7th May 2018.
Pre-book only, limit 200 tickets. Ticket application form available in Jan - Feb edition of Gambalunga. Alternatively send us an email via the "Contact Us" page and we will send you an application form.
Rally Campsite opens from mid-day Friday 4th May until Monday morning 7th May 2017
Camping with toilets and showers at Mains Farm Wigwams Thornhill Stirling FK8 3QR
There are also cabins available at the site - check out their website at www.mainsfarmwigwams.com where you can see the site, the cabin interiors and full pricing details.
Due to the fact that all the cabins have been set aside for the Rally if you do try to book via their website you will find that there is no availability showing, so if you wish to book a cabin for the weekend please contact Mains Farm direct on 01786 850735. Remember to mention that you are attending the Moto Guzzi Scottish Rally, they do still have some available but don' leave it too late!!!
If you wish to hire a cabin for the weekend please contact Mains Farm direct on 01786 850735. Remember to mention that you are attending the Moto Guzzi Scottish Rally.
We would suggest, due to the popularity of the Wigmams, that you book early.
Also, please remember that if you do book a cabin you still need to apply for a Rally ticket to gain access to the Hall, Bar and Entertainment.
Meals are not provided but there is one hotel in the village the Lion & Unicorn as well as a general store. Breakfast etc. will be available outside the community hall - please refer to the Rally Catering page for details.There are petrol stations available in nearby Doune and Callander.
Entertainment (live bands) will take place in the Thornhill Community Hall (FK8 3QB) which will have a bar run by the club with beer supplied by a local brewery.
This year we have two bands that we have not had before - on Saturday Night we have Davy Sloan and that Rattlers and on Sunday Night we have the Dangerous Bothers. Both come highly recomemeded so we should be well entertained.
To check out the location, go to the Scottish Rally Location Map on the next page - zoom in to Thornhill - click on "WIGWAMS" - click on "STREETVIEW" to get a preview of the campsite area, the cabins and the Community Hall the other side of the playground area.
Here are a few links with information about Thornhill :-
If you need any further information drop us an email using the "CONTACT US" page and we will do our best to answer your questions.
2017 RALLY REPORT
Having got everything packed into the car (or rather cars as there is that much stuff to take) it was off to Thornhill on the Thursday to get set up for the start of the 25th Scottish Rally. The weather on the Thursday was very kind to us for setting up outside and the hope was that it would continue that way over the weekend! On the Friday we got access to the hall just as the beer arrived from the brewery and commenced turning the hall into our very own “nightclub” for the weekend. With a lot of effort and even more ingenuity from the team we managed to achieve a reasonable result.
Also the amazing “Transformer” trailer that evolved into our dining facility for the weekend arrived outside the Hall so with all that food and drink we were good to go and ensure that the 150 members due to arrive would have a great time.
I am sure there will be a report on the rally from a members point of view in the Gambalunga, so there is no need to duplicate that here however we would like to thank Gino and Fiona for doing their travel presentation on Saturday afternoon (part 2 next year perhaps!) and Willie Chrystal, Maxsafe Solutions, for his CPR / AED Defibrillator demonstration on Sunday afternoon. Also a big thanks to all the volunteers who, without being asked, just muck in to make sure that everything gets done – I am sure that it is this element that contributes to making the event so enjoyable and successful.
As referendums seem to be the thing these days we asked for a show of hands on Saturday night regarding the venue at Thornhill the result of which is that we will return next year all being well – it would be difficult to find another venue that could match the combination of facilities that we have there.
The weather over the weekend could have been better but it was acceptable and we managed to get everything packed up in the dry on the Monday which certainly makes life a lot easier when you get home and don’t have to start drying out tents, awnings etc.
They say a picture speaks a thousnad words so click on the link to view Elaine's superb photo album of the Rally - 2017 Rally photos
2016 RALLY REPORT
Thursday 28th April saw the advanced party heading for Thornhill to start setting up for the Scottish Rally. As we arrived the weather turned wet and windy and setting up the caravan awning was a task in itself trying to stop it blowing away until it was safely pegged out. Perhaps there was some significance in the Sea King Rescue Helicopter parked next to us!
We are not able to access the Hall until midday on the Friday so we ensured we had all the external flags and banners etc. in place before then so leaving “only” the Hall to be set up. This is a massive task that needs to be completed in a few hours and only made possible by the enthusiasm of all the hardworking volunteer members.
The weather throughout the country was pretty appalling on the Thursday and Friday and significantly worse than where we were at Thornhill. Reports coming in from members down south saying they would not be able to get to the Rally due to the weather (some were snowed in) were ringing alarm bells with the thought that only a limited number would actually make it.
As Friday progressed things seemed to improve with reasonable numbers arriving having braved the elements to get to Thornhill, so the Hall was reasonably busy on the Friday evening. Unfortunately we had the incident with Alex and the newly acquired AED in the Village was used for the first time and very successfully. Alex has made a good recovery and our thanks go to all those who made that possible.
The weather improved a great deal on the Saturday and a lot more members
arrived. Some took advantage of the ride out routes and I picked up some very enthusiastic comments about the magnificent scenery on the "Col de Mount Argyll Lakes" and some of the other routes
The Barbeque set up by the some of the locals as a fund raiser for the trip to Malaysia for Amelia and Laura proved to be very successful, the food they served up was first class and hopefully we can do something similar for next year.
The happy hour at the bar on Saturday night proved very popular as well – to popular in fact as by the end of the evening we had emptied all the barrels despite having ordered extra!!
Baby Issacs gave an excellent performance on the Saturday night demonstrated by the dance floor being busy throughout the night or perhaps it was all that beer that was consumed!
The weather was not so good on the Sunday and a visit to Stirling was required to get more stock for the bar for Saturday night. The two girls put on a quiz show in the Hall in the afternoon to entertain us while afternoon teas were available outside.
Chil, a new group for us, performed a good all round selection of music on Sunday night and again the bar was pretty much emptied which must be a good sign!
Hopefully everyone had a great time and we will be back at Thornhill next year for the 25th Scottish Rally which should be a very special occasion.
See below for report about the 2015 Rally published in Thornhill Views.
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The Scottish Rally will be held in Thornhill Stirling on 4th May to 7th May 2018. Go to the Scottish Rally page for more information.
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