The Queen’s Baton Relay: follow the journey around Scotland

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Having travelled a staggering 190,000 km around the globe, visiting 70 countries and territories on the way, the Queen’s Baton has returned home to Scotland. That can only mean one thing – the XX Commonwealth Games are only weeks away.

Its 288-day odyssey to Glasgow isn’t quite over yet though. Over the next 40 days, the Queen’s Baton will travel the length and breadth of Scotland, visiting 400 communities in all 32 local authorities.

It is by far the biggest relay of its kind ever to take place in Scotland, with over 4,000 batonbearers carrying the baton through their local communities. And you can be there amongst the crowds to cheer it home.

We’ve broken down the route to bring you more information about where you can see the Queen’s Baton Relay as it passes through Scotland, and what to see and do while you’re there.

With events and celebrations taking place every day along the 4,000 km Scottish route, there’s lots of opportunities to be part of sporting history and join in the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Don’t forget to share your own videos and pictures of the relay on social media using the hashtag #batonrelay!

Edinburgh Castle

14 – 17 June: Edinburgh & The Lothians

The Queen’s Baton Relay starts off on it’s Scottish leg by first visiting the capital on day one and the Lothians over the next three days.

 

 

The baton will travel through the town centre of Hawick on day five 18 – 19 June: The Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway

Continuing on its epic journey to Glasgow, the baton will travel through southern Scotland on day five and six.

 

 

Ayr, South Ayrshire

20 – 23 June: South & East Ayrshire and Lanarkshire

Days seven to ten sees the baton progressing along the beautiful coastline of south Ayrshire before travelling inland to Lanarkshire.

 

 

The Kelpies at night © Kenny Lam24 – 26 June: Falkirk, Clackmannanshire and Fife

The baton will be carried on from Lanarkshire up through the heartlands of Scotland to Falkirk and onto Fife through Clackmannanshire on days 11 – 13.

 

 

The cliff-top ruins of Dunnotar Castle 27 – 30 June: Dundee, Angus, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City

Continuing up Scotland’s east coast, the baton route will take in two of Scotland’s seven cities during days 14 – 17, and fine coast and countryside of Angus and Aberdeenshire.

 

 

Lerwick, Shetland1 – 6 July:  Shetland, Moray, Perth and Kinross, Stirling

Boarding a plane in Aberdeen on day 18, the baton will fly to Shetland before returning to Moray and travelling further south to Scotland’s heartland cities of Perth and Stirling.

 

 

Kisimul Castle, off Castlebay on the Isle of Barra7 – 11 July: Outer Hebrides and Orkney

After a day of transition, the baton will arrive on the Outer Hebrides on Scotland’s west coast before travelling through the beautiful wilderness of northern Scotland to Orkney.

 

 

Fort William

 11 – 13 July: Highlands and Argyll and Bute

Arriving in Wick on Friday 11 July, it will tour the eastern Highlands before travelling, via some of the country’s most  famous landscapes, to Scotland’s west coast on the 12 July and down through Argyll on Sunday 13 July.

 

 

Millport14 – 17 July: Inverclyde, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire

Over the coming three days, the baton will be passed on from person to person around Inverclyde, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire – within touching distance of Glasgow itself.

 

 

18 – 19 July: East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire

Before being handed over to Glasgow for the grand opening of the XX Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s baton will stop in East and West Dunbartonshire, taking in the areas’ most beautiful landscapes and landmarks.

 

 

The Tall Ship and the Riverside Museum20 – 23 July: Glasgow

After it’s epic round-the-world trip, the baton has completed its Scottish leg and finally arrived in the host city. Find out where it will be as it makes its final journey through the streets of Glasgow to the opening ceremony at Celtic Park.

 

 

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David Walsh

David is a Media Editor at VisitScotland. You'll most likely find him vagabonding around Scotland with a camera in hand; that or a dram of the finest single malt.