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 JUNE

Brodies-Instagram-post-6-playerTENNIS.  22nd to 23rd June – Brodies Tennis Invitational – The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder

A must-see tennis event of the summer returns with legends of the sport at Auchterarder to compete for the title of Brodies Tennis Invitational Champion.  The star-studded line-up includes former World No. 1 Thomas Muster, British star Tim Henman, French Open finalist and former World No. 5 Henri Leconte.  Judy Murray and some of our country’s most talented juniors also return to Gleneagles.  Tickets are on sale.

SWIMMING. 28th June to Sunday 1st July – Scottish National Open Swimming Championships 2017 – Tollcross International Swimming Centre

The Scottish National Open Swimming Championships (50m) showcase the best of Scottish Swimming with current stars and future champions due in action.  Spectator tickets available daily on the door at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

BASKETBALL.  29th June and 2nd July – FIBA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers – Emirates Arena

A crucial double-header for the GB Men’s Basketball team who take on Estonia and Israel on 29th June and 2nd July respectively in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.  Tickets available online for both matches at the Emirates Arena.

JULY

SUPERBIKES. 6th to 8th – Bennetts British Superbike Championship – Knockhill Racing CircuitBennetts BSB Superbikes 2018. Power Images

The MCE British Superbike Championship means only one thing: some of the best bike racers in the world will be back at Knockhill for three days of 180mph wheel-to-wheel action.  As well as the two BSB races there’s a support package that will provide plenty of entertainment for bike racing fans.  Advanced booking discounts apply to all pre-booked tickets either online or by phone (01383 723337).

GOLF. Dates various July – Scottish Open, The Open, Ladies Scottish Open, The Senior Open Championship – Courses various 

Main Entrance.The Hero Challenge at Edinburgh Castle on 10th July (free admission upon registration) is the starting point for a superb month of Scottish golfing action that includes the ASI Scottish Open (tickets) at Gullane Golf Club taking place 11th-15th July at Gullane Golf Club with world number three Justin Rose and US Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood among a stellar cast.  Also this month golf’s oldest championship, The Open, returns to Carnoustie and the scene of one of golf’s great comebacks in 1999 when Paul Lawrie came from 10 shots back to win the Claret Jug on a gripping final day after a three-way play-off with Frenchman Jean van de Velde and United States’ Justin Leonard.  Tickets for The 147th Open are on sale.  And rounding off July the ASI Ladies Scottish Open, one of the premier events on The Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour, takes place at Gullane between 26th-29th July.  Entry to the championship is free, registration available via the website.  Meanwhile the Senior Open Championship is hosted the Old Course, St Andrews, with tickets on sale.

LAWN BOWLS. 23rd to 28th July – Scottish National Championships – Northfield

The Bowls Scotland championships return to Northfield, Ayr, with the cream of Scottish talent in action and national titles in singles and pairs to be won. Tickets are available daily at the gate costing £5.

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.

ATHLETICS. 11th to 12th August – FPSG scottishathletics 126th National Senior Championships – Grangemouth Stadium

The highlight of the domestic track and field season.  Another bumper field is expected after close to 400 athletes were on the the start-lists in 2017 making for a great weekend of top-class athletics at Grangemouth Stadium.  Admission is daily on the gate priced: Adult £5 (including a programme)/U16s free.

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 semi-final – Emirates Arena

It’s back!  An electric atmosphere is guaranteed as Great Britain’s Davis Cup team return to Glasgow for a World Group 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.  Ticket information to follow. 

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.  Ticket information will appear on the new Ayr Gold Cup website soon.

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

2019. ATHLETICS.  European Athletics Indoor Championships – 1st to 3rd March.  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 are on sale via the Glasgow 2019 website.  

2019. GOLF.  The Solheim Cup – 9th to 15th September.  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 are on sale via the Solheim Cup website.  

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