*Please note that due to the current COVID-19 advice, any large events are subject to cancellation. If you are planning to visit in 2021/22, please check the event website for the latest information.*
You can watch world-class sports men and women competing for titles at a range of high profile sporting events in Scotland in 2021/22. 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.
Blair Castle International Horse Trials
26 – 29 August 2021
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.
Run the Blades
3 – 5 September 2021, Whitelee Windfarm, Eaglesham
Head to the UK’s largest onshore windfarm for this exclusive event which sees runners of all fitness and experience levels take on a 10K, half marathon and 50K ultramarathon trails through the scenic outdoors of Eaglesham, just 20 minutes from Glasgow. At Run the Blades you can also join in the vibrant event village where you can enjoy music and an array of food vans offering lots of tasty morsels.
AJ Bell Tour of Britain
5 – 12 September 2021
The AJ Bell Tour of Britain is gracing the Scottish landscape this September with thousands of elite cyclists and athlete going head to head during eight stages of challenging terrain. The first leg of the tour begins in Aberdeen – keep an eye out for more information about the route coming soon!
Go Swim – Loch Morlich
18 September 2021, Loch Morlich, Aviemore
Dip your toe into the world of wild swimming with Go Swim – Loch Morlich. Enjoy a refreshing swim with Cairngorm Mountain as your spectacular backdrop. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced swimmer there are lots of swims of various distances to choose from, including the 250m ideal for families, or if you can stand the cold, take on the 3000m great open water challenge. At the end of your swim, you’ll be rewarded with a medal and T-shirt. Who doesn’t love a prize?
18 – 19 September 2021, Glen Coe
Prepare yourself for the UK’s biggest weekend of mountain running which will see four intense skyrunning races take place across three days – Skyline Scotland. Starting with an incredible leg burner up Mamores VK, then onto the bold Ben Nevis Ultra, the scrambling Ring of Steall, before finishing with the traverse Glen Coe. Join in with some of the best mountain athletes and take in some truly iconic landscapes throughout the race.
Your Tay Your Adventure
Until 17 October 2021, River Tay, Perthshire
If you’re willing to brave Scotland’s chilly water temperatures, then you’re in luck! Partnering up with the Scottish Canoe Association and Perth & Kinross Council, Your Tay Your Adventure have a whole host of summer and autumn events to help you make the most of the remaining daylight hours. Test your balance with a paddleboarding session, try a bit of everything with Mixed Paddlesports or do your bit for the environment with the Pick It Up Perth Litter Pick.
RowAround Scotland 2021
Until 27 October 2021, Various locations across Scotland
The phenomenon of boat-building and coastal rowing has grown in popularity over the years, so much so that it’s now been given its own sporting event. Helping to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, RowAround Scotland 2021 invites local community groups in a coastal rowing voyage like no other. Watch all the action from Scotland’s shores as participants build and race small rowing boats, known as ‘skiffs’, passing a baton from boat to boat around the Scottish coastline. Anstruther, North Berwick and Gretna are just some of the exciting locations to feature in this oar-some event!
26 September 2021, Glasgow
The Glasgow Duathlon is held in the awe-inspiring Mossneuk Farm Estate, designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty with its farmland scenery, making it a favourite among runners and fitness enthusiasts alike. Start with a 5k run before transitioning onto the bike for a 30k cycle and head to the finish line with a repeat of the 5k run.
Ultra Tour of Arran
2 – 3 October 2021
From dense forests and coastal scenery in the south to crumbling castles and dramatic mountains in the north, the Isle of Arran is breath-taking no matter where you turn. The Ultra Tour of Arran is a two-day off-road running adventure from Rat Race which takes you across the highs and lows of the island, with stunning scenery and some of the best Scottish landscapes all around you.
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
3 October 2021, 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.
BWA Tiree Wave Classic
9 – 15 October 2021, 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!
Tweed Valley Tunnel Run
16 October 2021, Tweed Valley
The days might be getting shorter but that shouldn’t stop you from immersing yourself in Scotland’s autumnal landscape. Put on your running shoes and take part in the fantastic Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail Run. Starting and finishing off in Peebles in the Scottish Borders, you’ll be treated to stunning woodlands, fabulous views and a run through the illuminated Neidpath Tunnel. Whether you’re an experienced athlete or a beginner, there are a wide range of distance runs to choose from, including 20km, 10km and 4km.
5 February – 19 March 2022, BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Returning for 2022, Edinburgh will once again host this highly anticipated and prestigious event which will see Scotland go up against England and France throughout the the tournament. Renowned for featuring incredible talent and sportsmanship, Six Nations is a six-country festival of rugby with three fixtures in each round that sees the teams going head-to-head for the cup. Mark your calendars for the 5 and 26 February – it’s going to be a good one!
ETAPE Loch Ness
24 April 2022, Loch Ness, Highlands
The ETAPE Loch Ness cycle sportive, which circles the iconic and picturesque Loch Ness is back for 2022! Pedal your way along 66 miles (106km) of traffic-free roads, whilst taking in pure Scottish scenery in one of the most renowned locations in Scotland. Why not test your mettle by taking on the timed King of the Mountain stage with a 4.8 mile (9km) climb? There are still some tickets remaining, or why not come along and cheer on the competitors?
Edinburgh Half Marathon 2022
29 May 2022
Join in Scotland’s largest running festival! Help stand up to cancer and raise money whilst taking part in the Edinburgh Half Marathon 2022, a fast and flat 13.1 mile route through the city centre – its a great choice for your first half marathon, or if you’re looking for a PB!
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
It’s all going downhill at the Nevis Range in 2022, 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. Keep your eyes peeled for more information so you don’t miss out on one of the most hotly anticipated sporting events in the calendar.
AIG Women’s British Open
19 – 22 August 2022, Muirfield, East Lothian
Returning to Scotland in 2022 is the AIG Women’s British Open which will head to Muirfield in East Lothian where golfers will tee off and battle it out for the cup. 2021 showcased incredible talent and sportsmanship – who knows what we’ll see in 2022, so keep your eye peeled for more announcements coming soon!
Great Scottish Run: 10K & Half Marathon
2 October 2022, Glasgow
Coming to Glasgow in 2022 is the Great Scottish Run 10K and Half Marathon. Raise some money and run for charity, bring the family and burn off all the extra energy, or if the kids want to get involved then the Junior Run is a good place to get started. Find out more and get signed up for this great event!
Scottish National Surfing Championships
Bringing together surfing pros, enthusiasts and beginners from across the country, the Scottish National Surfing Championships is sure to be an event not to miss. Come along to cheer on the competitors, learn more about the sport, and enjoy Scotland’s scenic shores and landscapes along the way.
Find more sporting events that will be sure to have you on the edge of your seats at eventscotland.com.