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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.


The Tweedlove Bike Festival in the Scottish Borders features a packed programme for all two-wheeled enthusiasts. As well as road cycling and mountain bike races to appeal to the pros, there's also lots of informal rides in the hills and through towns and villages across the area. 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 World Curling Federation Senior & Mixed Doubles World Championships in Dumfries & Galloway, our great programme of activities features some truly unique events which can be enjoyed by all the family.

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May is a packed weekend of races from the full marathon to the half, relay, 10 km and 5 km races too. There's also great entertainment for spectators to enjoy.

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.