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Watch our new advert and be inspired in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014
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Watch our new advert and discover Brilliant Moments on your doorstep in the Year of Homecoming 2014

Land yachting on West Sands beach, St Andrews
Active itinerary ››

Scotland has a range of exciting activities and gentle sports so you can enjoy the perfect day in the great outdoors.

  • Hundreds of runners cross the starting line at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
    The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
  • Two walkers admire the scenery along the hiking route up Ben Arthur in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
    Walking in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
  • Thousands of runners cross the start line at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival © Lesley Martin/EMF
    Edinburgh Marathon Festival © Lesley Martin/EMF
  • The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles
    The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles
  • Two mountain bikers negociate a sharp turn along a track through Glentress Forest, Tweed Valley Forest Park, Scottish Borders
    Mountain biking in Glentress Forest, Tweed Valley Forest Park, Scottish Borders

2014 is a special year for sport in Scotland as we host two of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar, the Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup.There's also a packed Homecoming programme of active events and activities planned that you can take part in or watch. Come and join in!

With its jaw-dropping landscapes and state-of-the-art active facilities, Scotland can rightly lay claim to be the Adventure Capital of Europe. Whatever your passion, whether it's hurtling down a mountain bike trail, a round of golf on a challenging links course or perhaps a less strenuous hike along a forest trail, you can find an outlet for it here throughout the Year of Homecoming. We've selected a few active events below to inspire you.

John Muir Winter Carnival

Get ready for an action-packed day of adventure and family fun on 29 November at Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar. At the John Muir Winter Festival, beat the cold as you take part in some exhilarating activities, such as trail running, cyclocross, zorbing, wake boarding and coastal rowing. This event is part of The Saltire Festival, and celebrates the life and legacy of the man dubbed ‘the father of the National Parks’.

Rally driving

Catch sight of some classic cars weaving through some breathtaking Scottish landscapes as they make their way to the very north of country. The Scottish leg of LeJog, the Lands End to John O'Groats Reliability Trial and Tour, takes place on 8 – 9 December and only features vehicles built before 1984. This event is a must-see for motorsports fans.


Stretch your legs on a guided walk and learn about the landscape. On Orkney, follow rangers on winter walks around historical sites such as Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness.

Scotland has hundreds of miles of walking trails and paths for all levels of walker. From the West Highland Way to Scotland’s new 470-mile Gore-tex National Trail which stretches from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath, there is a suitable route for you.


Set your own pace and explore the landscapes on two wheels. Whether you want the thrills of a downhill mountain bike track, or a leisurely ride through countryside, Scotland offers some unbeatable cycling opportunities as well as some great events and festivals.

Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of activities as they're announced.