You can watch world-class sports men and women competing for titles at a range of high profile sporting events in Scotland in 2018. When it comes to sheer spectacle, you just can’t beat a gathering of the world’s elite athletes in a show of strength, speed and teamwork, as they battle to emerge the undisputed champions of their sport. And there are opportunities for you to get stuck in too, if spectating isn’t enough of a thrill as it is!
These events are supported by EventScotland, which is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events.
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
2 – 3 June, Fort William
It’s all going downhill at the Nevis Range in June, and that’s no bad thing as the Mountain Bike World Cup wheels into town once again! Packed with competitions, the event ends on a high with its legendary race, the Downhill. Book your tickets now!
10 and 12 – 13 June, Edinburgh
Get ready for an exciting few days of cricket competition when Scotland goes head to head with England on the 10th and Pakistan on the 12th and 13th. The Pakistan matches will be the first T20I clash between the countries since 2007 and is geared up to be an eventful spectacle. The England match has now sold out but there are still tickets available for the Pakistan match.
St Kilda Challenge & Festival
14 – 16 June, St Kilda
Battle the waves as you race from Lochmaddy to the spectacular St Kilda in the St Kilda Challenge & Festival. The race will be split into three parts; a long-distance challenge race from Northern Ireland (beginning 14 June), the race around St Kilda (15 June), and Flotilla to St Kilda route (15 June). Take your pick and get racing!
IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh
1 July, East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh
Starting with a short swim at Preston Links, participants of IRONMAN 70.3 will take to their bikes for a 56.3 mile cycle through East Lothian’s countryside. The final leg of the race takes place in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat with an over 13 mile run around Holyrood Park. This event also has 50 qualifying spots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in South Africa, so it’s all to play for.
Aberdeen Standard Investments Men’s and Ladies Scottish Opens
12 – 15 July & 26 – 29 July, Gullane Golf Club
If you’re going to see the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Opens, then you are very lucky indeed – not only is there the promise of incredible, world-class golf competition, but you’ll also get to spend time in the beautiful coastal region of East Lothian. Hosted at the Gullane Golf Club, the eventwill see both the men’s and ladies events, two exciting tournaments which will be played within a three week period of each other.
15 – 22 July, Carnoustie Golf Course
The return of The Open at Carnoustie will see the world’s best players face this challenging golf links course to become the Champion Golfer of the Year. Come along to celebrate golf, inspire the next generation of golfers and take in the historic atmosphere of this championship course.
Senior Open Championships
26 – 29 July, Old Course, St Andrews
St Andrews will host The Senior Open presented by Rolex for the first time in the event’s 32-year history this summer as many of the game’s greatest players make a nostalgic return to the Home of Golf. There will be many legendary names gracing the course this year, including Sandy Lyle, Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, and Tom Watson, making it an unmissable occasion!
Glasgow 2018 European Championships
2 – 12 August, Across Scotland
Get ready for a new era of sport this summer as the Glasgow 2018 European Championships comes to Scotland and includes aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, a triathlon, and a new golf team championships. Running alongside is Festival 2018 which will host a summer programme of cultural events, bringing the city centre to life.
Special Olympic GB 40th Anniversary Games
9 – 13 August, Stirling
Get ready for the biggest sporting event for intellectual disability come to Scotland this year – Special Olympic GB 40th Anniversary Games. Around 1,200 athletes will compete in a range of sports, from football, swimming and badminton, to table tennis, swimming and athletics. Come along and cheer on the athletes!
Blair Castle International Horse Trials
23 – 26 August, Blair Atholl
Watch Olympian riders and the pedigree steeds compete alongside amateurs at the Blair Castle International Horse Trials, Scotland’s leading equestrian event which annually attracts over 40,000 spectators.
Great Scottish Swim
25 August, Loch Lomond
Put your physical stamina to the test while soaking up the picturesque Loch Lomond scenery. The Great Scottish Swim returns with 250m, half mile, 1mile, 2mile, 5K and 10K races to cater for all swimming abilities. The Swim250 event is perfect if you’re keen to try open water swimming, but not sure where to start.
BWA Tiree Wave Classic
13 – 19 October, Isle of Tiree
Get ready for the longest running professional windsurfing event in the world – the BWA Tiree Wave Classic. Returning to the stunning Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides, the event showcases the best of the UK’s windsurfing talent in categories ranging from Juniors to World Cup Professionals. Come along and cheer on the competitors!
Scottish Open Badminton Grand Prix
DATES TBC, Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Watch some of the world’s best athletes put their diverse talents of speed, power, strength, and agility to the test in the Scottish Open Badminton Grand Prix. The event features men’s and women’s singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles. There will also be face painting, green screen photography, competitions, game zones and more to enjoy.
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