Queen’s Baton Relay: 24 – 26 June

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The Queen’s Baton Relay is a quarter of the way through its Scottish leg already. So far, it has covered most of the south of Scotland – but there’s still plenty to cover. On days 11 – 13, the baton will be travelling on from Lanarkshire into the Forth Valley before crossing the Firth of Forth into the Kingdom of Fife.

With every new day on the route, there’s a new crowd to cheer it on – and you could be part of it. Find out more about where the baton will be going; maybe it’s visiting your town next? There are also lots of cultural events to enjoy along the route, including celebrations at the end of each day. Of course, there’s a lot to see and do across these regions as well.

Here’s our guide to days 11 – 13 of the relay.

THE ROUTE
Falkirk was formerly one of Scotland’s biggest industrial areas but has seen a renaissance of late. On day 11 (Tuesday 24 June), the baton will be carried by boat along the Union Canal taking in sights such as the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies sculptures, designed by Andy Scott.

Wednesday 25 June will see batonbearers carrying the Queen’s Baton through Clackmannanshire towns, including Alloa, Dollar and Tillicoultry.

On Thursday 26 June, the baton will meander through the wide, open countryside of Fife, visiting the main towns of Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes and the pretty villages of the East Neuk. The final leg will see the baton arrive in the historic burgh of St Andrews, stopping off at the Old Course, The Home of Golf.

Find out more information about the Queen’s Baton Relay route here.


EVENING CELEBRATIONS
The Helix, a 350-hectare outdoor space, will host the first evening celebration of this leg, with the Sing Forth community choir performing on the night. There will be a free but ticketed evening celebration at Lornshill Academy in Tullibody, Clackmannanshire on day 12, including pipe bands and performances by dance groups.

Fife Council is trying to break a World Record with their evening celebrations in St Andrews on day 13 by attempting the world’s biggest ceilidh on West Sands beach.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO
There’s lots of things to keep you occupied while you’re waiting for the baton. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Mythical creatures – The baton will travel by boat to the Kelpies, but these colossal sculptures on the Union Canal are spectacular when lit up at night and well worth a visit alone.
  2. Steam dream – Steam power is a thing of the past – or is it? Pay a visit to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and rediscover the romance of steam travel when you climb aboard a restored train for a trip along the preserved railway.
  3. Traditional supper – If there’s one thing you should try in Fife, it has to be traditional fish and chips. The Anstruther Fish Bar in the fishing village of the same name is a multi-award-winning chip shop and comes highly-recommended.
  4. Fun on the run – Famous for the opening running sequence of the film Chariots of Fire, you can now try exhilarating extreme sports like land yachting on West Sands beach in St Andrews.
  5. Ill-fated queen – Once a royal residence and hunting lodge, Falkland Palace was a favourite of Mary, Queen of Scots – the tragic monarch and romantic figure of 16th century Scotland.

There’s much more to see and do in and around Falkirk, Clackmannanshire and Fife, so visit our website for more suggestions and tips.

The baton continues on to Dundee, Angus and Aberdeen so check in with us on our blog on Friday 27 June for more information and inspiration. We’ve enjoyed seeing all your pictures on social media so keep them coming, tagged #batonrelay.

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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.