Thundering northwards at an impressive rate, the Scottish leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay is in full momentum and Dundee is the next stop. Touring the city on 27 June, it will then head east into Angus, up through Aberdeenshire and arrive in Aberdeen on 30 June.
Come and support the batonbearers (who include top sporting stars and members of the local community), join celebratory concerts and get into the spirit of the XX Commonwealth Games.
Here’s our guide to days 14 – 17.
Starting off in style with a speedboat ride to Tayport, the baton’s route takes in sites such as Dundee’s famous historic ships. It will pass through the hands of Dundonians during the day, including GB and Scottish hockey players Vikki Bunce and Neall Stott.
On June 28 the baton heads east, beginning in Monifieth and winding its way through Angus towns and villages. Taking in Arbroath Abbey and Glamis Castle along the route, the baton will be carried by locals such as Arbroath’s world champion bowler Darren Burnett.
Beginning at the impressive cliffs of Dunnotar Castle the baton’s 16th day in Scotland will cross the scenic countryside of Aberdeenshire and feature a mystery mode of transport. Cheer on local athletes and members of the community, including netball player Claire Brownie, as they take a turn with the baton.
Reaching Aberdeen on 30 June, the baton will take a whirlwind city tour featuring sporting venues such as Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. It will also ride on a TEMPSC (Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft), a boat which is used at offshore oil and gas platforms. Neil Stirton, the sprint shooter and former Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, will be one of the batonbearers along the way.
There will be special celebrations to enjoy as each day of the relay draws to a close. Join a ceilidh in Dundee and see the baton arrive in the city centre with Scottish international hockey player Alison Bell.
The next day the fun will begin at Montrose Sports Facility in Angus from 1pm with ‘It’s a Commonwealth Knockout’, including activity taster sessions and tasty food. There will be live music and dance performances in the lead-up to the finale when the baton arrives with bowling veteran Robert Provan.
On 29 June, celebrations will take place in Peterhead’s Catto Park on 29 June when Shona Marshall, one half of the female sharpshooting duo, will arrive with the baton – her partner Kay Copland will have run earlier on in Banff.
Day 17 will draw to a close at Aberdeen’s Union Terrace and Gardens where fans can come and enjoy an exciting programme of early evening events. Local bands and dancers will perform and the main attraction will of course be when the swimmer and double Commonwealth Games Gold medalist David Curry arrives with the baton.
Things to see and do
1. Eating out – Discover the tasty produce of Dundee and Angus, fans of seafood should check out the Arbroath Smokie Trail.
2. Castle country – No trip to Aberdeenshire is complete without visiting at least one of these grand buildings, take a look at Scotland’s Castle Trail to learn about 17 castles which you can visit in the area.
3. Bookish delights – Did you know that the author of Peter Pan was born Kirriemuir, Angus? Visit J.M Barrie’s Birthplace to discover life in the 1800s and see where some of his magical ideas came from.
4. Aberdeen Maritime Museum – One of the city’s many historic and cultural attractions, the museum offers a fascinating insight into a place built on its sea-faring heritage.
5. Drinks in Dundee – Head to the city’s west end for a range of pubs and bars, including Speedwell Bar, which stocks over 100 types of whisky, and Braes, which is a hit with the area’s student population.
Don’t forget to share your own videos and pictures of the relay on social media using the hashtag #batonrelay! The next stop is Shetland; read all about it here on 30 July.
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