Drumlanrig Off-Road Motorsport Festival Gets £13,640 Eventscotland Funding

An off-road motorsport festival to be held at Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway in South west Scotland, is one of the exciting and diverse events to be awarded a share of £91,240 of funding from the latest round of EventScotland’s National Events Programme.

The 3 day event taking place in June this year is one of six events from across six local authorities that have received funding from Round 43 of EventScotland’s National Programme Fund to enhance event delivery and to further develop Scotland’s diverse events portfolio.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting these events through our National Events Programme to extend their reach, expand their offering and enhance the visitor experience.  Events play a vital role in contributing to Scotland’s visitor economy, and the National Events Programme generates significant social and economic benefits for local communities, while simultaneously, contributing to our wide-ranging, vibrant portfolio of annual events.”

Drumlanrig Off-Road Motorsport Festival (18 – 21 June). Set in the picturesque grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Thornhill, the family-friendly festival features multiple disciplines within motor sport, including flat-field motocross and off-road bike trials, as well as a wealth of entertainment with a spectator arena, food village, kids’ inflatables, mini quad bike rides, static vehicle displays, disco and ceilidh. The festival has been awarded £13, 640 towards enhancing the spectator experience by improving accessibility, as well as for additional PR and marketing support.

Kenny Harper, Organiser of Drumlanrig Off-Road Motorsport Festival, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to EventScotland for their support of the Drumlanrig Off-Road Motorsport Festival 2020. With funding from the National Events Programme we can expand the event to include more family friendly attractions, creating a festival atmosphere and raising the profile of our event in Scotland and Europe. This support enables us to attract a much wider demographic, helping to promote motorsport within the grounds of the spectacular Drumlanrig Castle, in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway.”


The Galloway Motorcycle Club

The Galloway Motorcycle and Light Car Club was formed in the 1930s and grew to become one of the largest clubs in Scotland inspiring many talented riders and champions.

In the ’60s the scramble track at Airds, Crossmichael, became its home, attracting riders and spectators from north and south of the border with its exciting races and challenging terrain.

The Club closed in 2011 but, in 2017, due to the enthusiasm of two keen local classic scramblers, a group was formed to run a classic scramble at Drumlanrig Castle. The event proved successful and encouraged the two to form a local club to be run under the auspices of the SACU which would appeal to all motorcycle enthusiasts. In 2018 The Galloway Motorcycle Club Ltd was reformed.

The other events to receive funding from the latest round include:

Shetland Folk Festival – The UK’s most northerly folk festival, it is regarded as a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of folk, roots and world music from around the globe as well as the best of local talent. This year marks the festival’s 40th anniversary and organisers have ambitions to make it the biggest edition yet. To realise these ambitions, an award of £21,000 will go towards securing a headline act, programming additional performances, marketing activity, and an enhanced school programme.

The Gathering – The festival, which takes place at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness, features a host of exciting traditional and folk based bands from The Highlands and across Scotland alongside a line-up of the finest craft food and drink suppliers from the region. For 2020, The Gathering will expand its programme to include a series of ticketed shows, free fringe events and pop-ups in the days leading up to and after the main event. An award of £17,000 will go towards marketing, branding and city dressing as well as the production and programming for the additional new shows and events.

Dundee Summer Streets Festival – Running in the heart of the holidays, the festival presents a lively and vibrant programme of play, performance, storytelling, music, markets and street theatre, taking place in Dundee’s city centre.  An award of £5,600 has been made to support additional marketing activity, equipment hire and themed programming. Taking place in Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, there will be activities ranging from duck races to storytelling whales to massive battle ships.

Run the Blades – One of Scotland’s premiere trail running events, this unique event is held exclusively within the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, Whitelee Wind Farm, and incorporates three distances – 10km, half marathon and 50km ultramarathon. In 2020, an additional two elements will be added to the programme. On Saturday, a Children’s Mile will be held after the Half Marathon departs the Event Village and on Sunday, Ride the Blades will see the introduction of mountain biking to the programme. Run the Blades has been awarded £21,000 to support transport, marquee and equipment hire.


Go Swim Loch Lomond– After a successful first year in 2019 funded through the National Programme, Scotland’s largest open water swimming event returns to the shores of Loch Lomond. As well as offering different lengths suitable for all ages and abilities – 250m, 750m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m and 10000m – the event also offers an adult and junior Swim-Run Aquathlon for those who enjoy a multi-sport challenge. An award of £13,000 has been made towards the event delivery, marketing activity and website development.


The National Events Programme is a strategic development programme that supports eligible events that take place outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Events can bid for a maximum of three rounds of funding to support additional elements or new activity that will help grow the event.

Applications are currently being sought from events for the next round of the National Programme. The deadline is 5 June 2020 with events taking place from January 2021 onwards eligible to applyGuidelines for entry are available on www.eventscotland.org.


Latest Articles