Spectator Information and Safety
The official rally programme is the best way to find out all the information on this year’s Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally; containing stage maps, spectator information, features and an entry list.
You can grab your copy at any one of these locations on Mull:
- Arlene’s Craignure
- Isle of Mull Chocolate Craignure
- Spar Craignure
- Spar Salen
- MacDonald Garage Salen
- Tobermory Stores
- Tobermory Post Office
- HiServ Tobermory
- Macgochans Tobermory
- Mishnish Hotel Tobermory
- Brown’s Tobermory
- Bellachroy Hotel Dervaig
- Bunessan Spar
- Fionnphort Ferry Shop
Spectator Information – Key times
Thursday 12th October
Pre-event scrutineering 11:00 – 18:00 Ledaig Car Park, Tobermory
Mull Rally Forum 19:30 Aros Hall, Tobermory
Tunnocks Teacake Competition 21:30 MacGochans, Tobermory
Friday 13th October
Shakedown 09:00 – 12:00 Duart Castle
Limited spectating here and even more limited parking; please follow marshal instructions and do not block passing places.
Pre-event scrutineering 09:30 – 13:30 Ledaig Car Park, Tobermory
Ceremonial Start 14:30 Ledaig Car Park, Tobermory
Drivers will be interviewed as they leave the start, with a car leaving every minute until around 17:00. We’re positioning our big screen here for the rest of Friday, so you can keep up to date with action around the island with live broadcasts until 23:00.
SS3 Hill Road /Glen Aros 19:00 Dervaig, Smiddy Junction
The cars come from the West and turn right at the church, with the first car due soon after 19:00. The only road access to Dervaig at this time is from Tobermory, roads are closed in other directions. There will be action here until around 22:00. Parking is very difficult so please be considerate, and of course follow marshal instructions.
End of Leg 19:30 Salen Hotel, Salen
Saturday 14th October / Sunday 15th October
Re-start 09:20 Ledaig Car Park, Tobermory
Drivers will be interviewed as they leave the start!
SS4/SS7 Mishnish Lochs 09:30 & 11:45 Tobermory Cheese Farm
The spectator area is a short walk from the Glass Barn. There is limited car parking, but the location is walkable from Tobermory. The cars will pass here four times in total on Saturday (same location as SS13/SS17). The live screen will be here all day, so even when there are no cars you can keep up to date with the action. The spectator area includes catering from Isle of Mull Coffee, lighting and toilets. Please use the litter facilities provided.
End of Leg 12:45 Salen Hotel, Salen
Re-start 17:55 Salen Hotel, Salen
Drivers will be interviewed as they leave the start!
SS13/SS17 Achnadrish 20:24 & 00:24 Tobermory Cheese Farm
The spectator area is a short walk from the Glass Barn. There is limited car parking, but the location is walkable from Tobermory. The live screen will be here all day, so even when there are no cars you can keep up to date with the action. The spectator area includes catering from Isle of Mull Coffee, lighting and toilets. Please use the litter facilities provided.
Ceremonial Finish 00:30 Ledaig Car Park, Tobermory
Enjoy the celebrations as the crews cross the much-welcomed finish!
Prize presentation 14:30 Tobermory
We’re back in Tobermory on Sunday afternoon, with our traditional parade along the Main Street from 14:30 to the Aquarium where we present the trophies to all the lucky winners. We’ll interview the top crews here, and there might be some champagne sprayed!
The Mull Rally attracts a great number of spectators which is something, as organisers, that we encourage. This does, however, bring with it issues such as on stage parking that we are finding difficult to control and need you all to help us resolve.
Give yourselves plenty of time to find a location and park safely. Parking in lay-bys is strictly forbidden and vehicles parked too near the road could jeopardise the running of the stage.
The roads that form the special stages of the rally are closed by a road closure order for a five hour window. This means that it is an offence to be on the road between the road closure start and finish times.
In the hour before the competitors are live on the stage various safety cars, including the Spectator Safety Vehicle and the Motorsport UK Safety Delegate will come through the stage to check it’s readiness. Be aware that if you, or others, are in an unsafe position or continuing to ignore the marshals instructions, the Motorsport UK Safety Delegate has the authority to delay the stage or in extreme situations cancel it. Nobody want this so please co-operate with marshals and officials.
At the end of the stage various official vehicles including the doctor and rescue crews follow behind the last competitor. This is to ensure they have free access to any incident that may occur at the end of the field. This is not a signal that the road is open. Another vehicle marked “ROAD OPEN” will follow which then signals that you can use the road again. In 2012 the last stage couldn’t be restarted after an incident because a spectator drove on the stage during the gap. A year later three stages were lost for the same reason.
Be aware that as you leave the stage there may be recovery operations underway that block the road so please be patient.
Please do not bring drones to the rally as their use is expressly prohibited over or near any part of the event, the stages or service area. Any reports of a drone flying during the event will be reported to the police and if required the stage itself will be stopped.
Rally cars can do the unexpected so, for your own safety and that of others, please:
- Respect the marshals and follow their instructions
- Observe the colour coded tape and all signage
- Use the natural environment to protect yourself
- Don’t walk on the rally stage
- Stay standing and remain alert
Remember that alcohol and drugs can impair your responses and threaten your safety.