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2019 DLOC International Rally 

Peebles, Scotland

Monday 3rd June - Sunday 9th June 2019

The Location:

Peebles, Scotland

The DLOC International Rally 2019 will be held in the Scottish Borders, based around the town of Peebles and the world famous Peebles Hydro hotel.

Peebles is 23 miles south of Edinburgh, has been a Royal Burgh since 1152 and is the county town of Peeblesshire. With a population of around 8,000 it is the 3rd largest town in the Borders. Formerly a market town it is now a popular tourist destination, being mid-way between Edinburgh and the heart of the Borders, the area around those other towns, all places very rich in Scottish history and known for their beauty.

Peebles lies astride the River Tweed at the confluence of the Tweed and Eddleston Water. The High Street runs parallel to the river and is notable for its interesting selection of small shops; and  has been crowned the top Independent Retailing Town in Scotland, and 2nd in the UK.

All of our reservation at The Peebles Hydro is now taken up.

You can find accommodation locally by searching some of the websites listed here: 

Group Activities and Visits


Monday 3rd June 2019

Morning: visit to Abbotsford House, Melrose; home of Sir Walter Scott.

Abbotsford is the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist and poet of "Waverley", "Ivanhoe", and "Lady of the Lake". Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford remains today as one of the most famous houses in the world. It reflects, almost as no other place, the mind, enthusiasms and preoccupations of the man who built it.

Guided tour highly recommended: £11.00 pp adults, £10.00 pp seniors. Opens 10.00am

Pay at the Gate

Address: Abbotsford, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9BQ

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Monday 3rd June 2019

Afternoon: Visit to Bowhill House, home of the Duke of Buccleuch

Deep in the heart of the Scottish Borders, beside winding glens and heathery hills, an enchanting country estate awaits you. And at its centre is a magnificent country home reflected in a loch with rooftops framed by rich forestry. This majestic House and its grounds have been the centre of life in this rural oasis for more than 200 years. Bowhill enjoys a regal seat in the heart of the ancient royal hunting forest of Ettrick and is blessed with an abundance of glorious scenery, you won’t be disappointed.

Guided tours recommended: 1 hour basic £9.00 pp adults, or 2 hour connoisseur £11.00 pp. 
Pay at the Gate

Address Bowhill, Selkirk, TD7 5ES


Tuesday 4th June 2019

All day car tour of Borders towns and countryside

The Scottish Borders are steeped in history as it was once the home of Christian monks who lived in the magnificent Border Abbeys of Dryburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh in the 13th and 14th centuries. As you explore, let the scenery make its impression on you, from rolling hills and open countryside. The region is defined as much by the landscape as it is by its spellbinding abbeys, awe-inspiring stately homes and castles, and the time-honoured and truly unique Common Ridings. It's really no surprise that these lands inspired the works of literary greats like Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan.

The tour will encompass Selkirk, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso, Dryburgh, Melrose, Galashiels.

Coffee and tea and lunch stops will be advised on the day. 

Free of charge

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Wednesday 5th June 2019

All day visit to Scottish National Museum of Flight

A  journey of discovery at the National Museum of Flight, home to one of Europe's best collections of aircraft, including Scotland's Concorde. Learn about the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day and immerse yourself in our interactive exhibitions, supersonic experiences and historic hangars and airfield.At the museum you will find some of the most iconic aircraft ever to take to the skies, from the legendary Spitfire to the Vulcan Cold War bomber, and of course Scotland's Concorde. Get on board this supersonic aircraft to discover what transatlantic flight was like for its passengers and crew and learn more about its legacy.

Group visit charge: £ 8.00 pp adults. Pay at the Gate

Address: East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF

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Thursday 6th June 2019

Morning: visit to Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel is a 15th-century chapel built in 1446 and famous for its ornate stonework and having featured in the film of the bestselling novel, “The Da Vinci Code”. Since the late 1980s, the chapel has been the subject of speculative theories concerning a connection with the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail, and Freemasonry.

Guided tour recommended: £9.00 pp adults, £7.00 pp seniors. Pay at the Gate

Address: Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9PU

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Thursday 6th June 2019

Afternoon: visit to Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia

Built on the River Clyde by John Brown & Co of Clydebank in 1952 and launched in April 1953, it was decommissioned in December 1997 having travelled 1,087,623 nautical miles on 696 foreign and 272 British Royal visits, and private cruises for members of the family, such as the queen’s favourite cruises of the Scottish western isles.

In the 1950s HM the Queen would often travel on the Britannia to Balmoral Castle on Deeside for her summer holiday in August, docking at Aberdeen Harbour. There she would be met by one of the Royal Stock DE36 limousines to complete the journey. This had some interesting consequences, for instance when on one memorable occasion spare parts for Hamish’s car, which he had ordered from the then DLOC spares secretary V Boyd-Carpenter, were delivered to his house in Aberdeen by the chauffeur of such a DE36! The photograph on p20 of the May 2018 ‘Driving Member’, is the view from the passenger seat of a smaller (DJ256) Hooper bodied Daimler as the wrought iron gates to Balmoral Castle swing open. You might call it “The Queen’s view”!

Sorry - list now closed as we are fully booked on this tour

Address: Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Leith  EH6 6JJ

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Friday 7th June 2019

All day visit to Edinburgh: the Castle and beyond

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away. The Castle is large, ancient and astonishing. Built on the basalt plug of an ancient extinct volcano, it includes the Scottish National War Museum and War Memorial; the Stone of Destiny used in the coronation of all British Monarchs since 1296 (when it was stolen by Edward I), and only returned to Scotland in 1996; the Crown Jewels of Scotland; Mons Meg, an enormous 15th century siege cannon; the One o’clock Gun, fired every day since 1861, originally to enable ships departing from Leith to set their navigation clock; and the defensive Half-Moon Battery overlooking the Esplanade, among other fascinating historic features.


Transport options are flexible:

1. Borders Rail from Tweedbank station (TD6 9BJ Free parking) to Edinburgh Waverley station.

2. Borders Bus half-hourly from outside the hotel.

3. Self drive to Castle multi storey car park in Castle Terrace (EH1 2EW) £10.00 per car for 2 to 12 hrs, no security.

4. Private coach from Peebles to Edinburgh Castle. £10.00 per person

Sorry - list now closed as we are fully booked on this tour

Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG

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Friday 7th June 2019

Evening: dinner and ceilidh in Peebles Hydro Ballroom

When you’re in Scotland long enough you’ll sooner or later get to know the word Ceilidh, pronounced as kay-lee. Ceilidh is a gaelic word meaning gathering or party.  These days ceilidhs centre around dancing – Scottish style. It’s all about fun, not footwork. The Caller talks you through the dance before you begin and there’s always a helpful soul on the dance floor who’ll point you in the right direction.

As long as you’re enjoying yourself you’re doing it right. So, if you’re ready to ceilidh step this way!


The Chef's Selected Menu for the Evening is

To start:

Haggis dumplings with crushed turnips and whisky sauce

Turnip and ginger soup (V)

Main course:

Roast chicken breast with Stornoway black pudding, clapshot, seasonal greens, Arran mustard sauce

Vegetarian haggis with clapshot and seasonal greens, Arran mustard sauce (V)

  (Clapshot is a traditional Scottish dish combining swede, turnips and potatoes with the addition of chives)


“Cranachan” a traditional Scottish dessert - Sweet summer raspberries folded into cream flavoured with honey whisky and toasted oatmeal

Tea & Coffee

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Saturday 8th June 2019

Morning: visit to Traquair House

Reputedly the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and homely rather than a formidable fortress, Traquair House is an impressive altered and extended tower house, which has its origins from as early as the 12th century. The house nestles in 100 acres of woodland and lawns, with a maze and garden, as well as a walk to the River Tweed. Visit the house, grounds, maze, craft workshops, Garden Cafe and the world famous 18th century Traquair House Brewery situated in one of the wings of the house and sample the ales in the brewery shop and museum.

Groups entry: adult £8.00 senior £7.00. Pay at the Gate.

Addess: Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, EH44 6PW

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Saturday 8th June 2019

Afternoon: visit to Dawyck Botanic Gardens

Nestled in the Scottish Borders, Dawyck Botanic Garden enjoys a continental climate in which an abundance of plants thrive and is home to one of Scotland's finest tree collections including some of Britain's oldest and tallest trees.  The 65-acre five star Garden offers woodland and burnside walks and is renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, Himalayan poppies, rhododendrons, azaleas and autumn colour. Visit in any season and you will discover treasures from Nepal, Chile and more.  Visitors can enjoy themed trails and follow the adventures of plant explorers such as David Douglas, after whom the Douglas fir is named.

Entry: adult £6.50 senior £5.50. Pay at the Gate.

Address: Peebles EH45 9JU


Saturday 8th June 2019

Evening: Rally Dinner

The favourite event of the weekend - the Gala Dinner. Meet old friends, make new friends. Talk, eat, drink, enjoy the company and the wonderful atmosphere. Head Chef, Grant, will be busily preparing your feast. Expect familiar, filling favourites, and he’s a dab hand at adding interesting twists to the plate and palette. You’ll find the menu packed full of ingredients sourced from right here in Scotland’s larder – and lots of the veggies come straight from the hotel's very own gardens.

The traditional Gala Dinner served in the Dining Room 7:30pm

The Chef's Selected Menu for the Evening is

To start:

Roast carrot and red lentil soup(V)

Ham hock terrine with beetroot piccalilli and toasted sourdough

Smoked salmon with lemon and capers

Main course:

Roast venison with chateaux potato and red berry jus

Green pea and Herb crusted cod fillet with tomato butter sauce

Goats cheese and beetroot gnocchi with a toasted walnut salad(V)


Sticky toffee pudding with clotted ice cream

Fresh fruit plate with lime sorbet

Selected Scottish cheese with oatcakes and chutney

Tea, Coffee

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Sunday 9th June 2019

55th International Rally in the grounds of Park Hotel, Peebles

The Main Event! A gathering of Daimler, Lanchester and (hopefully) BSA vehicles second to none. Park with similar vehicles, swap notes and investigate under bonnets. Chat to friends old and new. Enjoy a picnic lunch. Wait for the judges and the prize giving with anticipation.

Entry fee: £15 per vehicle, £5 per additional vehicle

Address: Innerleithen Road, Peebles, Scotland, EH45 8BA

Advanced booking closed, please come on the day and pay £15 at the gate

Other attractions within range of Peebles

Mellerstain House

The house is a Robert Adam masterpiece with exquisite interiors set in parkland grounds with woodland and a loch.

Gordon TD3 6LG

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Harmony and Priorwood Gardens

Priorwood Garden is set right in the middle of the small beautiful town of Melrose and you can find Harmony Garden a little to the north west of Melrose Abbey, on the northern edge of Melrose itself. The gardens are cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.

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Floors Castle

The home of the Duke of Roxburghe and Scotland’s largest inhabited castle.

Kelso TD5 7SF

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The John Buchan Story Museum

John Buchan is one of Scotland's most famous authors, chiefly remembered for The Thirty Nine Steps. He was also a prodigious writer as well as becoming Governor General of Canada.

The Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles, EH45 8AG

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Other Edinburgh attractions

The Royal Mile

The historic ancient road that leads downhill from the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Holyrood Park

Next to the Palace, featuring Arthurs Seat (another extinct volcano which resembles a resting lion), and Salisbury Crags, an eroded ancient volcanic intrusion.

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Princes Street

A noted feature of the centre of the city, with many large shops on one side, and attractive gardens on the other overlooked by the Castle.

Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AN

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The Scottish National Gallery

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, tThe Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, amongst many others. 

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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The Queensferry Crossing

The third bridge at Queensferry over the River Forth Estuary forms a truly astonishing sight alongside the famous red 19th century cantilever rail bridge and the mid-20th century suspension road bridge. The best place to view them all is the village of South Queensferry under the first road bridge.

South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9SF

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The Camera Obscura

Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating Camera Obscura and rooftop terrace. Scotland’s oldest purpose-built attraction.

At the top of the Royal Mile beside the Castle Esplanade.

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Royal Botanic Garden

The Botanics offers visitors peace and tranquility amongst its stunning 72 acres in Edinburgh city centre. Founded in 1670, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world.

Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR

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The Scott Monument

Dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, this massive, ornate stone tower has an internal spiral stone staircase leading to a viewing platform near the top. The climb is not for the faint-hearted but it is worth the effort.

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ

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Calton Hill

A prominent hill at the east end of Princes Street. Dotted with several monuments and an old astronomical observatory. It has a superb view over centre of the city. One of the monuments is a grand incomplete columnar structure inspired by the Parthenon in Athens, which was built to commemorate Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.

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