Scotland Figaro Rally 2015

On Monday 1st June 2015, Thirty Figs descended on Scotland for 5 days of wonderful attractions, stunning scenery and special friendship. The two-centre rally mixed urban, lowland and highland driving (in Figgy convoy, of course!). A few days earlier the cars had set off from various parts of Europe including Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, England and of course Bonnie Scotland.

The Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort (located just outside Glasgow) was our first hotel and played host to the welcome dinner where the club kicked off the rally by raising £125 for our charity CLIC Sargent after raffling off some gifts from local companies.

On Tuesday 2nd June we headed out to our first of two great attractions ‘The Falkirk Wheel’ and ‘The Kelpies’ which are about six miles apart and offered a glimpse of modern Scottish engineering and sculpture at their best! Heading from the Kelpies we stopped for lunch before continuing to the Forth Road Bridge. Following the tourist route to the Kincardine Bridge we crossed the Forth again and headed to Stirling and our final stop of the day at Stirling Castle parking car park.

Like all of the parking during the rally Ken had pre-arranged these in advance so we could all park together.

Wednesday morning after a daily briefing meeting our luggage was whisked away by Richard in a hire van allowing us to enjoy some ‘top-down’ driving.  A few miles out (after another convoy hill climb) we ended up at the Campsie Hills car park for some wonderful pictures and a brief opportunity to take in the scenery. Next stop was the ‘Cabin’ at Lubnaig where Ken had pre-arranged (again) parking.

After another coffee we set off to the ‘Falls of Dochart’ and a much needed lunch stop in the pub! Another convoy (with the roads so quiet) and the sun coming out we headed towards the ‘Queens View’ which delivered incredible views and many selfies.

From there we headed towards our second hotel which was the stunning Atholl Palace at Pitlochry.

Thursday found us heading out of the pretty Pitlochary village and across to the A93. A road with some fantastic memories as we travelled in a convoy of 28 figs on some of the best roads in the world, it really was just like being in the ‘Italian job’ all we needed was the soundtrack playing and we could have been there!  After Glenshee Ski Area for another coffee stop (see below) we head for Braemar and the ‘loop’ before returning south on the A93 and head back to the Atholl Palace in time for me to get beautified for the farewell Dinner and Ceilidh! Drinking, eating and some dodgy dancing (from me) with our now ‘extended family’ was a real laugh and the perfect end on the rally.

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