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Events

Sporting events in Scotland

Do you love sport? Well, you'll be pleased to know that Scotland does too! All kinds of events are hosted across the country every year, and you can be part of the crowd!

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, please check the event website for the latest information.
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Scotland on a global stage

For a small country, we've hosted some pretty major events, with millions of people across the world tuning in to see the sporting action unfold in Scottish arenas and iconic venues. In recent times, we've had The Ryder Cup 2014 at Gleneagles in Perthshire and the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - it was hailed by many as being the best games ever and we (modestly) have to agree! These landmark events were followed up by FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in 2015, the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in 2016, the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships in 2017, the European Championships in 2018 and the Solheim Cup 2019. 

And there's plenty more to come - Scotland will host:

Playing the field

From orienteering, horse trials and snowsports, to mountain biking, watersports, gymnastics, golf and curling, there is a wide variety of events to catch whilst you are in Scotland, including major championships, national events and golf tournaments. Browse our event listings below and find out which spectator sports you can see!

Be part of the action

It's not always about being on the side lines or in the audience - there are some amazing opportunities to get involved in mass participation events! Put your endurance and stamina to the test at events such as marathons, cycle sportives or loch swims.

Enjoy a Sporting Holiday in Scotland

A holiday in Scotland wouldn't be complete without experiencing a Scottish event or two. Or perhaps you've already been to a Scottish event and have been inspired to get out there and embrace your competitive side. Did you know Scotland's cities offer adventure activities too, so you don't even need to travel far to experience the thrill of an adrenaline rush?

Maybe you do fancy getting off the beaten track away from the bustle of city life - a wellness break may be up your street. Relax and enjoy a wellbeing boost, or hit the courses and take tips from our Golf for Beginners Guide and one day you may be up there with the greats!

There are plenty of places to cycle and experience the coasts in Scotland too. Try your hand at sailing and follow along our west coast sailing itinerary - a perfect activity to try during the Year of Coast & Waters. Continuing the water theme, head to the glorious Outer Hebrides and you may just have the island to yourself when you venture along the Hebridean Cycle Way.