Spectator sports

Following a brilliant year of sporting action in 2014, when Scotland hosted the Ryder Cup and the XX Commonwealth Games, 2015 offers an equally packed calendar of major sporting events, including the World Gymnastics Championships, the Open Championship and the World Orienteering Championships. From major rugby and football tournaments to alternative activities, such as sled dog racing and shinty, there are endless opportunities to watch thrilling contests of physical 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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