A flavour of Scottish sporting events to savour between August-December 2018 and beyond.  Book your tickets now where applicable to avoid disappointment!  And for regular reminders, ticket giveaways and updates, follow our @sportonspec social media and subscribe for free to our weekly newsletter.

AUGUST

Glasgow2018. Logo.GLASGOW 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS –  1st to 12th August

Stand by for a multi-sport festival as European Championships across six different sports – cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing, swimming and triathlon – take place simultaneously in Scotland, with athletics hosted in Berlin.  The inaugural European Championships will see 3000+ athletes from 52 nations take part in 11 days of action in Scotland.  Tickets are now on sale so don’t delay in securing your seats at what promises to be a spectacular 12-day celebration of European sport.

EQUESTRIAN. 23rd to 26th August – Blair Castle International Horse Trials – Blair Castle

Blair Castle hosts Scotland’s premier equestrian event. Known as three-day eventing the trials are over four days, with the dressage phase taking place over the initial two days followed by the cross-country on the Saturday and showjumping on the Sunday. Tickets are available to purchase online.

SEPTEMBER

Braemar Gathering 2018HIGHLAND GAMES.  Saturday 1st September – The Braemar Gathering – Braemar, Aberdeenshire

The Braemar Gathering is a world famous event heralding the close of the 2018 Highland Games season.  With the Queen as Chieftain the event will see international athletes in the ‘heavy’ and ‘track’ events, together with pipers and dancers in attendance and teams from H.M. Forces competing in the tug-o-war and relay events.  Ticket information available via the Braemar Gathering website.

TENNIS.  14th to 16th September – Davis Cup World Group play-off – Emirates Arena

It’s back!  An electric atmosphere is guaranteed as Great Britain’s Davis Cup team return to Glasgow for a World 20150918_130846Group play-off against Uzbekistan.  The play-off marks the team’s first Davis Cup home tie since 2016 and follows the memorable matches in 2015 (also at the Emirates Arena) when Team GB triumphed in a first round tie against America and a semi-final versus Australia en route to becoming Davis Cup champions.  Tickets currently on sale

HORSE RACING. 20th to 22nd September – Ayr Gold Cup Festival – Ayr Racecourse

Scotland’s biggest flat racing festival takes place at Ayr Racecourse. Three days of action featuring some of the leading jockeys and trainers in the country reaches a finale on the Saturday with the Ayr Gold Cup the centrepiece of the richest day in the Scottish flat season racing calendar.  To purchase tickets visit the Ayr Gold Cup website.

Scottish Varsity Matches. Generic image.RUGBY UNION.  Saturday 22nd September 2018 – The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match – BT Murrayfield

The world’s oldest varsity match takes centre stage once again at BT Murrayfield after its successful return in 2015.  On the rugby menu a double-header of action featuring the Edinburgh University v St Andrews University Women’s XV match followed by the Men’s match.  Tickets in advance from £5 available via the Scottish Rugby website.

OCTOBER

GOLF.  4th to 7th October – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – St Andrews/Carnoustie/Kingsbarns Golf Links

A unique date on the golfing calendar incorporating an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers, together with a team event in which professionals are paired with celebrated amateur golfers from the world of entertainment and sport. Spectating is free for the first three days with tickets for the final day at St Andrews available online and also at the entrance gate.

2018 Glasgow European Judo Open visualJUDO.  6th to 7th October – 2018 Glasgow European Judo Open – Emirates Arena

The Glasgow European Judo Open returns to the Emirates Arena for two days of competition featuring up and coming stars of British Judo against a strong field of international competitors.  With the qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics now open the first world ranking event on British soil since 2016 gives the judoka taking part an opportunity to make a head start on the road Tokyo.  Tickets for both days are on sale.

WINDSURFING. 13th to 19th October – Tiree Wave Classic – Isle of Tiree

Nicknamed the ‘Hawaii of the North’ the longest running professional windsurfing event in the world showcases some of the best UK talent against junior and professional windsurfers from around the world.  The Isle of Tiree, with its exposed position as the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides means the North Atlantic swell produces huge waves perfect for surfing.  Spectating is free.

NOVEMBER

BADMINTON.  21st to 25th November – Scottish Open Badminton Championships – Emirates Arena

Scottish star Kirsty Gilmour – looking to defend her women’s singles title – is among the headline acts at this year’s Scottish Open, one of Europe’s premier badminton events.  The fastest racquet sport in the world with the shuttle reaching speeds of 200mph+ guarantees great spectator entertainment.  Tickets are on sale via the Badminton Scotland website with an early bird discount for fans booking by 8th of October.

And there’s plenty more to look forward to in 2019 including …

2019.  ATHLETICS.  1st to 3rd March – European Athletics Indoor Championships.  Glasgow’s Emirates Arena – one of the largest indoor sports venues in Europe – is the venue for a three-day sporting extravaganza that will see over 600 athletes from over 45 countries take part in one of the biggest sporting events of 2019.  Tickets on sale via the Glasgow 2019 website.  

2019.  CURLING.  3rd to 10th March – World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019.  After the success of the European Curling Championships and Junior World Championships the World Wheelchair Championships in Stirling are the third leg of an impressive quadruple of global events hosted in Scotland that conclude in 2020 with the World Men’s Curling Championship at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow  Tickets details to follow.

2019. GOLF.  9th to 15th September – The Solheim Cup.  The Solheim Cup is a biennial tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States, and hence equivalent to the Ryder Cup for men.  First staged in 1990 the 2019 event will be the 16th edition.  United States are the current holders having won at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa in 2017, meaning all eyes will be on Gleneagles in 2019 to see if Europe can win the trophy back.  Tickets on sale via the Solheim Cup website.  

2019.  SWIMMING.  4th to 8th December – European Short Course Swimming Championships.  An impressive year of international events in Scotland reaches a conclusion at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.  Dramatic action in the pool between Europe’s finest is guaranteed during the gala featuring racing over the shorter distances.  Ticket info to follow.

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