Spectator sports

2014 is the year Scotland stages two of the most exciting sporting competitions in the world. We’ve already hosted the XX Commonwealth Games, and The Ryder Cup will be held in September. In addition to these world-class events, Scotland has a busy year-round programme of sporting action that you can witness first hand. From major rugby and football tournaments to niche activities, such as sled dog racing and shinty, there are endless opportunities to watch thrilling contests of sporting prowess.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you experience when you’re part of a crowd at a sporting tournament. You cheer on your chosen competitor or teams as they battle to take victory; and in return you get to witness nail-biting moments that will have you on the edge of your seat, and marvel at displays of skill. By the time it’s over you’ll have experienced a rollercoaster rider of emotions.

Scotland is renowned for its friendly and avid sports fans. The famous Tartan Army, the official supporters of Scotland’s national football team, are known across the world for their high spirits and good-humour. At any national sporting event, the crowd goes with great gusto and amongst rows of fans you’ll usually see a sea of painted blue and white faces and flashes of Saltires.

Why not keep up to date with Scotland’s calendar of sporting events and sign up to the Sport on Spec’s newsletter, the most comprehensive guide available for spectator sports taking place in the next seven days with ticket availability?

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