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.
In August, take part in the Tour o’ the Borders, a non-competitive mass participation road cycle which takes you on a challenging route through beautiful valleys close to Peebles. In the same month you can join in with the Galloway reCycle Sportive and ride into the lush countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, passing Loch Ken before heading alongside the sparkling waters of the Solway Firth. In fact, exploring by bike is a great way to discover Scotland as a whole so why not find out more about cycling in Scotland?
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. Get to know Midlothian and enjoy one of the many free walks as part of the Midlothian Walking Festival.
And that's not all...
From the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running, one of the most picturesque marathons on the running calendar, to the great displays of horsemanship at the Gillespie MacAndrew Hopetoun Horse Trials and the Return to the Ridings, our brilliant programme of activities features some truly unique events which can be enjoyed by all the family.
Out on the water, head to Perthshire for An Feis Mor, Scotland's Festival of Paddlesport which includes a canoe polo tournament. Back on dry land, try your hand at fencing during the Commonwealth Fencing Championships or enjoy international orienteering across Scotland in the Race the Castles competition.
Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of activities as they're announced.