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Top sporting events coming to Scotland

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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.

Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh International XCountry

13 January, Edinburgh

Callum Hawkins competing in the Great Edinburgh Winter Run at Holyrood Park

The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry returns to Holyrood Park in Edinburgh and will see the best of Team GB & NI race against teams Europe and USA across four races; the junior men’s 6km, the junior women’s 4km, senior men’s 8km, and senior women’s 6km. Come along and cheer on the runners as they speed past you.

Strathpuffer 24

20 – 21 January, Strathpeffer

Sports events don’t come much tougher than this legendary 24 hour Highland mountain bike endurance event. If you dare, enter as a solo, pair or team of four or simply go along and support the riders. Strathpuffer 24 will test your limits as a rider, but will provide glistening landscapes, a cheerful atmosphere, and maybe a stunning Scottish sunrise too.

Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow

25 February, Emirates Arena

Calling all athletes! Don’t miss the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow to see some of the best athletes compete in track and field events. As well as races that will have you on the edge of your seat, keep an eye for some of your favourite contestants, or enjoy the range of activities and entertainment on offer too.

World Junior Curling Championships

3 – 10 March, Aberdeen

Hosted at Aberdeen’s state-of-the-art, purpose-built curling facility, get ready for the best young curlers from across the globe to grace the ice in the World Junior Curling Championships. The event promises to be a wonderful opportunity for all family, so don’t miss out!

Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens

14 April, Melrose Rugby Football Club

The Melrose Sevens View of the Greenyards with the Eildon Hills in distance. Melrose v Edinburgh Accies tie, Nyle Godsmark scores a try.

Melrose Sevens. Image © Ian Rutherford, all rights reserved.

The Melrose Sevens is the oldest rugby sevens tournament in the world. Experience plenty of passion, drama and excitement as this premier events returns to its birthplace, with the main tournament on Saturday and a brilliant carnival-like atmosphere over the weekend.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

2 – 3 June, Fort William

A mountain biker in mid air on a jump.

A mountain biker in mid air on a jump.

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!

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

Golfers, Dundonald Links Golf Course

Golfers, Dundonald Links Golf Course

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.

147th Open 

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.

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 


Blair Castle International Horse Trials, Blair Atholl

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 

Tiree Wave Classic, 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.

Planning on attending any of these incredible events? Let us know and share your photos using #ScotSpirit and find out what other sporting events are happening. Or head on over to the iKnow Community to talk to like-minded sporty folk and share your top tips and personal highlights. See you there.



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