Ingliston Racing Circuit came to life in 1965 as a project by the Royal Highland Agricultural Society Of Scotland to build a motorsport facility as a new asset to the venue which had been established as a focus for agriculture in Scotland. The circuit comprised a widened route which comprised roadways of the original grid network of access roads in the venue. Only the Esses (around 200 meters) of track were built from scratch as no appropriate roadway was available.
Over 30 years, the venue hosted regular racing meetings. It was infamous for its tight 1 mile track with little margin for error. In the days before strict safety standards, if you lost control at the wrong point you could find yourself in a lot of trouble, or worse still up a tree!
Famous visitors to Ingliston included ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Sir Jackie Stewart, most famously in 1970 when he raced his Ford F1 car round the circuit. Other famous visitors to the circuit include the late Jim Clark, Allan McNish, Dario Franchitti and David Coulthard.
However by the mid 90’s the circuit had become too expensive to maintain and racing came to an end, although a number of race meets and rally stages still took place, albeit without much in the way of spectators or publicity.
Since 2012, Gift Experience Scotland has run a regular supercar driving event on the southern part of the track, using one of the narrower link roads to create a smaller circuit. The Dunfermline Car Club creates a road-stage in their rally calendar which manages to carve 6 miles out of the roads’ network and circuit.
Then, in 2015, the inaugural Ingliston Revival was the first time in over 20 years that a public motoring event was held at the venue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of it’s opening. This event heralded a new era of high-quality experiences at the venue and the future is once again looking bright for this iconic track.