You can watch world-class sportsmen and women competing for titles at a range of high profile sporting events in Scotland in 2017. 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.
RBS 6 Nations
4 February – 18 March, Edinburgh
Whether you’re backing Scotland’s boys in blue, the opposition, or just coming along to soak up the atmosphere, the RBS 6 Nations are an amazing spectacle. Feel the roar of the crowd at BT Murrayfield Stadium as Scotland plays Ireland on 4 February, Wales on 25 February or Italy on 18 March and enjoy one of the world’s friendliest spectator sports.
Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens
8 April, Melrose Rugby Football Club
The Melrose Sevens began in 1883, making it the oldest rugby sevens tournament in the world. Previous years have welcomed sevens players from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as England, France, Portugal and Ireland, to name a few, and this year will draw an equally wide range of teams.
In addition to fast-paced and exciting rugby action, the picturesque town of Melrose, which is the home of rugby sevens, will take on a carnival atmosphere with a range of social events to enjoy.
European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup
12 – 13 May 2017, Edinburgh
Watch as Scotland’s two professional rugby union teams, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors, battle it out against 22 of the pro teams from England, Ireland, Wales, France and Italy at the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup.
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup: Fort William
3 – 4 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. Drawing a great crowd year on year, the 2016 event at Fort William was voted the best World Cup of the Year by the UCI, the international cycling union.
Quest Adventure Race
10 June, Loch Ness
Coming to Scotland for the first time in 2017, the Quest Adventure Race is a thrilling event that combines running, cycling and kayaking in a breathtaking location. Challenges of various levels will be available, so you don’t need to be a hard core adventurer to take part. And it will all be followed by a lively after party for you and the new adventurous friends you’ve made on the way.
IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh
7 July, East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh
Take on an ultimate triathlon at this race through the beautiful countryside which surrounds Edinburgh. Starting with a 1.2 mile swim in the Firth of Forth, participants at IRONMAN 70.3 will transition onto their bikes in the grounds of the 17th century Gosford House in East Lothian and begin a 56.3 mile cycle race through the countryside. The final leg of the event takes place in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s striking city centre hill, with a 13.1 mile run around the hill and grounds of tranquil Holyrood Park. This event also has 35 qualifying spots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, so it’s all to play for.
Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s and Ladies Scottish Opens
13 – 16 July & 27 – 30 July, Ayrshire
Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire will make history when it welcomes both the Men’s and Ladies AAM Scottish Opens, 2 exciting tournaments which will be played within a three week period of each other. The links is a traditional course and has previously hosted the Ladies Scottish Open as well as Senior Opening Qualifying and the Boys Amateur Championship.
RICOH Women’s British Open
3 – 6 August, Kingbarns, Fife
Watch some of the world’s premier female golfers in action at the RICOH Women’s British Open, one of the only two women’s Major played outside the United States. The field for 2017 looks set to be as fierce as ever with Thailand’s first Major winner, Ariya Jutanugarn defending her title, the youngest ever world No. 1, Lydia Ko; and British favourites Charley Hull and Catriona Matthew all teeing it up at Kingsbarns which, hosts the championship for the very first time.
Total BWF Badminton World Championships
21 – 27 August, Glasgow
The Badminton World Championships will bring together the best players from across the globe during an action-packed week of competition at the Emirates Arena – the same venue that hosted the badminton event at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Blair Castle International Horse Trials
25 – 28 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.
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
25 September, Loch Ness
Want to go running in one of Scotland’s most glorious natural settings? The Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon might just be the ticket. Offering a choice of distances to suit runners of all abilities, it follows a route along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness before finishing in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
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* All events except the RBS Six Nations and Melrose 7s are supported by EventScotland.