On 23 July 2014, Glasgow will be hosting the XX Commonwealth Games, the largest sporting event ever held in the city. An estimated 1,000,000 tickets will be sold, for 250 medal events that will be broadcasted to millions.
The sport of curling is played on ice and competitors have to slide heavy stones with handles towards a target, brooms are used by players to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone as it moves.
For as long as the Scots have been cycling, they’ve been producing world-class champions. The most recent of these is Sir Chris Hoy MBE, Scotland’s most successful Olympian, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Scotland’s naturally rugged landscape and climate make the country the perfect location for a number of extreme sports.
Scotland’s waterways have as much to offer the first time angler as the seasoned fly fisher. From crystal clear lochs and fully-stocked fisheries, to small spate rivers, stream lochs and the classic salmon rivers of the Tay, Tweed and the Dee, Scotland is unrivalled as a fishing destination.
Football is Scotland’s national sport and the Scottish Football Association (SFA), the governing body for Scottish football, is the second-oldest national football association in the world.
When you think of golf in Scotland the first thing that comes to mind is St Andrews and the Old Course, the home of golf and the host of the Open Championship.
Modern day Highland Games are fun, social events that are celebrated around the world.
Legend has it that Highland Games started when Scottish clans would compete against each other in sporting events. A Clan Chieftain would choose the best fighters and protectors, the strongest men for defence and the best entertainers to amuse them in the evenings.
Rugby is one of Scotland’s most popular sports and is played across the country. The Scottish rugby team regularly compete internationally and Scotland has produced some of the world’s best rugby players. Whatever your experience, it’s easy to get involved with Scottish rugby.
Shinty is one of the oldest ball games in the world and, some say, that the origins of the sport lie in Scotland.
Snow sports and winter sports are available across Scotland, from skiing and snowboarding to ice climbing and dog sledding, there’s a lot to do in the winter months.
Walking and Hiking
Scotland offers some of the best and most easily accessible hill walking and hiking routes in the world.
Be it sailing, canoeing, water skiing or scuba diving, Scotland has all the watersports you'll ever need.