Prologue Day: The warmest of welcomes and a taste of the competition to come.
The elegant Victorian seaside town of Llandudno will be our home for four days and nights. There'll be a great atmosphere at scrutineering, which starts at 08.00 on the Promenade. Lord Mostyn, whose family built Llandudno, is invited to lead the Concours d’Elegance judges and spectators will enjoy the show from 9.30 – 11.30.
A (gently timed) thirty-mile optional Prologue with a practice regularity section and driving test will help you warm up this afternoon. Late arrivals forgo it, but almost all crews enjoy this run. Documentation will take place in Rally HQ, the Imperial Hotel, while in the evening a full service Welcome Dinner will get things off to a great start.
Long sea views and new venues to enjoy
Starting at 08.00 from Llandudno Promenade, we begin with a scenic mountain drive that offers the first of many stunning sea viewss, then drive west to our first driving tests of the day at Penrhyn Park and Plas Faenol.
Our principal aim early this morning is to enjoy the quiet remote roads of the Lleyn peninsula, taking in the views at the Welsh Language Centre (dramatically sited in an old granite quarry by the sea with a spectacular approach road) for coffee.
After a regularity section to warm up with and a driving test at a nearby kart circuit, we’ll make back towards the south-east coast of the peninsula, and visit Criccieth. Here lies another fine old castle; amazingly we have never visited it before. By the sea nearby, in a splendid art deco pavilion, is Dylan’s brasserie, where we’ll take lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll shift focus a little, first enjoying a couple of regularity sections to prepare for the morrow, then taking in the great views of Snowdonia, which will give you a great opportunity to see the mountains close up. Afternoon tea will be taken at a pleasant spot near the mountain village of Llanberis.
Back in Llandudno, you’ll choose from three options. Supper at either of two venues in Llandudno to be announced is included. For even more atmosphere, there will be a champagne reception and private dinner at Bodysgallen Hall itself (one of the old Mostyn family houses).
We start from Llandudno at 08.00, running south over the highest hills to lunch at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel.
After running out to the start the action starts right away with a regularity over the scenic hills south-east of Llandudno.
Afterwards, a further regularity leads over the high hills to the delightful Hand at Llanarmon for coffee (we guarantee you’ll want to return for a quieter stay). A new loop from here introduces regularity sections that together take us to lunch at the welcoming Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, a popular Three Castles venue wonderfully situated at the head of Lake Vyrnwy.
After lunch we head north via a regularity over the Eunant pass to famous Bwlch y Groes before descending tackling a favourite test across open hillsides from years gone by. One last regularity now takes us back over more hills to finish the day.
Back in Llandudno and your hotel, after a long day, you've earned it. This evening, enjoy an evening off – time to try some local seafood, maybe?
An exciting final day including plenty of driving tests, a couple of last regularities on the quieter lanes, lunch at a brand-new venue steeped in history and tea at the timeless Groes Inn.
We’re off from the Promenade at 08:00 and dive straight into a complex of several tests over closed roads on the Great Orme before driving east, towards further tests at Plas Cefn and Kinmel Park that lead to a splendid coffee halt at the historic Mostyn Hall.
More tests and the event’s penultimate regularity section then take us back south as far as a grand test at Glan y Gors FIA Kart Circuit, before we take lunch near the foodie haven of Llandrillo and enjoy the welcome at spectacular Palé Hall.
On then to a real Three Castles finale, with a series of fast paced tests and a last regularity interspersed with tea at the ever popular Groes Inn, before reaching the Grand Finish on Llandudno Promenade. Relax now, ready for the Gala Awards Dinner, from eight ’til late at rally HQ, the Imperial Hotel.
Around four hundred and fifty miles in three days. Open roads and real hospitality at every turn. Your feedback tells us that the Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial is unbeatable fun. And in 2018, with fresh ideas and familiar high standards, we aim to prove it once again.