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Sport in Scotland ~ What’s On in 2024

2023 was a memorable year of sport in Scotland headlined by the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships.  One million spectators watched on as athletes from over 130 countries competed for 653 medals. 

Stand by for more sporting theatre in 2024, headlined by the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow.  For news on that and a feast of action taking place on ‘The Perfect Stage, read on! 

SPORT IN SCOTLAND – 2024

JANUARY

🏇 HORSE RACING.  NEW YEAR’S DAY RACE MEETING ~ Sport in Scotland.  Monday 1 January ~ Musselburgh Racecourse 

What better way to bring in the new year than a day out in the countryside at Musselburgh Racecourse.  The New Year’s Day Race Meeting promises top quality jump racing with over £100,000 in prize money at stake prize.  There’s also live entertainment and plenty of festive food and drink | 🎟️ Tickets on sale from the Musselburgh Racecourse website.

⚽️ FOOTBALL (M).  SPFL ~ 2 January onwards ~ Venues various Title dreams and the spectre of relegation are dual themes at play across the Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2 as the 2023/2024 Scottish Football Professional Football League (SPFL) season continues.  Celtic are top of the Premiership with Rangers in pursuit.  Livingston are propping up the table.  In the Championship Raith Rovers are leading the way with Dundee United in second place.  Falkirk lead League 1 while Stenhousemuir are top of League 2 | 🎟️ Visit the SPFL website for upcoming fixture news and head to the home team websites for ticket news.

January cont. – Sport in Scotland

🏒 ICE HOCKEY.  ELITE ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE ~ 3 January onwards ~ Glasgow/Dundee/Fife The 2023/2024 Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) season continues apace this month.  Scotland’s three representatives – Glasgow Clan, Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars – are all in home action.  The EIHL is the top tier of UK club ice hockey and a top-eight finish is the target to qualify for the end of season play-offs at the end of April.  All three Scottish teams are in play-off contention coming into the new year | 🎟️ Tickets can be purchased at Glasgow Clan, Dundee Stars and Fife Flyers.

🥌 CURLING.  2024 PERTH MASTERS ~ Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 January ~ Dewars Centre 

An international treat at Dewars Centre in Perth launches the 2024 curling calendar.  Now in its 47th year Europe’s premiere bonspiel, the Perth Masters, attracts some of the world’s best curlers.  The prestigious competition boasts the top purse money in Europe | 🎟️ For spectator information visit the Perth Masters website.

January cont.

🏉 RUGBY UNION (W).  CELTIC CHALLENGE: GLASGOW WARRIORS & EDINBURGH RUGBY ~ 6 January onwards ~ Scotstoun Stadium & Hive Stadium 

Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby are Scotland’s representatives in the Celtic Challenge.  A cross-border annual competition it aims to bridge the gap between domestic and international women’s matches.  Six teams are involved, two from Scotland, two from Ireland (Wolfhounds and Clovers) and two from Wales (Brython Thunder and Gwalia Lightning).  Edinburgh take on Wolfhounds in Round 2 at Hive Stadium on 6 January.  Glasgow Warriors first home game is against Wolfhounds in Round 3 on Saturday 13 January | 🎟️ Tickets via the Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby websites.

🏉 RUGBY UNION (M).  UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP: GLASGOW WARRIORS & EDINBURGH RUGBY ~ 13 January onwards ~ Scotstoun Stadium & Hive Stadium 

Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby are Scotland’s representatives in the 2022/2023 United Rugby Championship (URC) featuring 16 top club sides from Ireland, Wales, Italy, Scotland and South Africa.  The top 8 teams at the conclusion of the league stages go through to the knockout rounds in June with the Grand Final scheduled for Saturday 22 June at a venue to be confirmed.  Warriors are second of the URC standings on 30 points, 3 points behind leaders Leinster.  Edinburgh are in seventh place.  This month attention turns to the Challenge Cup with Glasgow and Edinburgh both in European action Scotstoun Stadium and Murrayfield respectively | 🎟️ Tickets via the Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby websites.

January cont. – Sport in Scotland

⚽️ FOOTBALL (W).  SCOTTISH WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE ~ 14 January onwards ~ Venues various The Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) 2023/2024 season continues with Glasgow City FC defending the title (a historic 16th) they won last May.  Coming into the new year Rangers are top of the table on 46 points, with Celtic 3 points behind.  Glasgow City in third place on 38 points, with ground to make up on their title rivals after an indifferent start to the season | 🎟️ See the SWPL  website for upcoming fixture news and visit home team websites for the latest information.

🚒🚛 MOTORSPORT.  HOT WHEELS MONSTER TRUCKS LIVE GLOW PARTY ~ Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 January ~ OVO Hydro

It’s motorsport but not as you’ve known it in Scotland this weekend.  Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party rolls into Glasgow for the latest date of its worldwide tour.  Thrills and spills galore are guaranteed as fans of all ages experience the thrill of watching their favourite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks in the dark!  Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Demo Derby™, Bone Shaker™, Bigfoot® and Gunkster™ are all set to feature | 🎟️ Limited tickets remain for both days.

January cont.

🥋 JUDO.  SCOTTISH OPEN ~ Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 January ~ Inverclyde

The National Centre in Inverclyde is the place to be to witness Scotland’s finest judoka in international action at the 2024 Scottish Open.  Teams from Sweden, Japan and across the Home Nations will join their counterparts from Scotland |  🎟️ Visit the Judo Scotland website for the latest ticket information.

🏍️🏁 MOTORCROSS.  ARENACROSS ~ Friday 26 & Saturday 27 January ~ P&J Live

Europe’s leading Indoor Freestyle Motocross and Race Show returns for a six-round Tour of the UK including a visit to Aberdeen and P&J live in January 2024.  Arenacross is a show like no other – a high-octane mix of indoor motocross racing and freestyle motocross (FMX) madness it’s packed to the rafters with all-round family fun and frenzied entertainment | 🎟️ Last remaining tickets are on sale here.

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FEBRUARY – SPORT IN SCOTLAND

🏸 BADMINTON.  SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ~ Friday 2 February to Sunday 4 February ~ Glasgow

The premier event on the domestic Badminton Scotland calendar, the Scottish National Championships bring together the best players from all over the country.  Competition at the National Badminton Academy, Scotstoun takes place across three days.  Five events – men’s and women’s singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles – culminating in the crowning of the national champions on Sunday 2 February.  | 🎟️ Admission available on the door.

🏑 HOCKEY.  INDOOR GALA DAY ~ Saturday 3 February ~ Perth

An enthralling climax to the men’s and women’s indoor hockey season awaits at Indoor Gala Day, a highlight on the Scottish Hockey calendar.  Champions will be crowned and promotion/relegation places will be confirmed at Bells Sports Centre on a packed day of hockey featuring Scotland’s top indoor teams and players.  Matches start at 9.30am and finish at approximately 4pm | 🎟️ Entry is free for spectators.

February cont.

🏇 HORSE RACING.  SCOTTISH FESTIVAL TRIALS WEEKEND ~ Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 February ~ Musselburgh Racecourse

A superb weekend of racing in store at Musselburgh Racecourse for the pinnacle of its jumps season, the Scottish Festival Trials Weekend.  Day 1 features The Edinburgh National the most valuable race of the meeting.  The Scottish Triumph Hurdle is the standout race of Day 2 | 🎟️ Tickets available via the Musselburgh Racecourse website.

🏀 BASKETBALL.  BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUES ~ 3 February onwards ~ Playsport Arena 

Caledonia Gladiators are flying the flag for Scotland this season in the British Basketball League (BBL) and Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL), the top tiers of club basketball in the UK.  Both Gladiators sides are on a mission to qualify for the end of season play-offs, with the Gladiators women and Gladiators men both sitting in second place in the WBBL and BBL respectively at the start of January.  Catch both teams in action at the brand new multi-million Playsport Arena in East Kilbride | 🎟️ Women’s tickets here and Men’s tickets here.  

February cont. – Sport in Scotland

🥌 CURLING.  SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS ~ Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February ~ Dumfries

 The pinnacle of Scotland’s domestic calendar the Scottish Curling Championships take place at Dumfries Ice Bowl where the the top men’s and women’s teams are set to battle it out over six  days for national titles | 🎟️ Daily admission is expected to be free. Tickets may be required for Finals Day on Saturday 10 February.  See the Scottish Curling website for more information. 

🏉 RUGBY UNION (M).  SIX NATIONS: SCOTLAND v FRANCE/ENGLAND ~ Saturday 10 February & Saturday 24 February ~ Murrayfield

Scotland’s men are relishing a double-header of Six Nations action in February at Murrayfield.  First up a showdown with France, still smarting from their quarter-final defeat to eventual Rugby World Cup champions South Africa.  That’s followed by the visit of England for an eagerly anticipated Calcutta Cup clash on Saturday 24 February | 🎟️ For the latest ticket information visit the Scottish Rugby website.

February cont.

🤼‍♂️ WRESTLING.  ICW: The 12th Annual Square Go ~ Sunday 11 February ~ The Garage

The waiting is over for ICW The 12th Annual Square Go at what is guaranteed to be another high-octane show from the stars of Insane Championship Wrestling.  30 wrestlers compete in an over the top rope elimination contest, with five entrants drawn at random to enter the ring with weapons!  The winner earns the prestigious Square Go briefcase that means they can have a title shot at a time of their choosing over the coming year.  Over 18s only | 🎟️ Tickets are available here.

🎯 DARTS.  PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS ~ Thursday 15 February ~ OVO Hydro 

2024 Premier League Darts has lift-off in Scotland with Night 3 action hosted at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow.  The tournament features the eight of the biggest stars in world darts including Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith.  Action on the oche from 7pm | 🎟️ Tickets are on general sale here.

February cont.

🏀 BASKETBALL.  THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ~ Friday 16 February ~ P&J Live

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters continue their global tour with a night of basketball wizardry at P&J Live in Aberdeen.  A great night out for all the family is guaranteed watching the Globetrotter’s star-studded roster.  Stand by for unique ball handling skills, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind entertainment! | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale.

🥇 ATHLETICS.  LINDSAYS NATIONAL XC ~ Saturday 24 February ~ Callendar Park, Falkirk

A highlight of the Scottish Athletics cross country season the Lindsays National Cross Country Championships returns to Callendar Park.  It features age group racing throughout the day, with the senior women’s and men’s races taking place in the afternoon.  Always attracting a strong field Olympian’s Laura Muir (silver medallist in the 1500m in Tokyo) and Andrew Butchart (5k finalist at the Rio and Tokyo Games) have both taken part in recent years | 🎟️ Spectating is free.

MARCH – SPORT IN SCOTLAND

🥇 ATHLETICS.  WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ~ Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March ~ Glasgow

All roads lead to the Emirates Arena for the 19th edition of the World Athletics Indoor Athletics Championships.  10 years on from the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is once again home to world-class athletics.  Up to 650 competitors from around 130 countries will take part over six sessions across three days of action-packed sport.  World indoor titles are on the line in 26 events – 13 for men and 13 for women | 🎟️ Tickets are currently sold out.  More tickets may become available closer to the event – check the World Athletics website for the latest news.

🤸‍♀️🤸‍♂️ GYMNASTICS.  2024 Scottish National Artistic Championships ~ Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 March ~ Motherwell 

Returning to Ravenscraig Sports Facility the Scottish National Artistic Championships features the best men’s and women’s artistic gymnasts in Scotland competing on various apparatus in a battle to be crowned national champion | 🎟️ See the Scottish Gymnastics website for the latest ticket news.  

March cont. – Sport in Scotland

🏊‍♀️🏊‍♂️ SWIMMING.  EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SWIM MEET ~ Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March ~ Royal Commonwealth Pool

It’s back!  Stand by to witness Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic champions as they descend on the capital for Edinburgh International Swim Meet.  The Royal Commonwealth Pool is the venue for one of the highlights of the Scottish Swimming calendar | 🎟️ See the EISM website for the latest ticket information.

🏐 NETBALL.  STRATHCLYDE SIRENS v CARDIFF DRAGONS ~ Friday 15 March onwards ~ Glasgow 

Netball is back at the Emirates Arena as Strathclyde Sirens take on Cardiff Dragons.  It’s the hosts opening home match of the 2024 Vitality Netball Superleague season, the UK’s elite netball competition featuring the top ten club teams from England, Scotland and Wales.  The matches in March come thick and fast with Saracens Mavericks and Loughborough Lightning also visiting Glasgow before the month is out | 🎟️ Tickets on general sale

March cont.

⚽️ FOOTBALL (M).  INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY: Scotland v Northern Ireland ~ Tuesday 26 March ~ Glasgow

Scotland’s men continue their preparations for Euro 2024 with a friendly against Northern Ireland at Hampden Park.   The sides last met in 2015 in a friendly at Hampden Park when Scotland won 1-0.  Steve Clarke will be hoping his side can maintain their winning habit with a big summer of knockout football ahead | 🎟️ Visit the Scottish FA website for the latest ticket news.

🏉 RUGBY UNION (W).  WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS: SCOTLAND v FRANCE/ENGLAND ~ Saturday 30 March & Saturday 13 April ~ Hive Stadium, Edinburgh

Scotland’s women welcome France on Saturday 30 March in Round 2 of the 2024 Women’s Six Nations.  The hosts looking to avenge their heavy defeat at Stade de la Rabine in last year’s tournament.  Back-to-back home matches at Hive Stadium are the cue for the visit of England on Saturday 13 April.  The Scots will need to be on their mettle against the Auld Enemy in Round 3.  England recently regained their world number one ranking after clinching the inaugural WXV1 title with a 33-12 victory over Women’s Rugby World Cup holders New Zealand | 🎟️ Tickets for both matches are on sale via the Scottish Rugby website.  

APRIL – SPORT IN SCOTLAND

🏁 SPEEDWAY.  SGB CHAMPIONSHIP ~ April onwards ~ Armadale Stadium and Peugeot Ashfield Stadium

It’s tapes-up for Glasgow Tigers and Edinburgh Monarchs as the 2024 Championship speedway season roars into action this month.  The Tigers are defending the Cab Direct Championship title they won defeating Poole Pirates in the Grand Final last October.  Peugeot Ashfield Stadium and Armadale Stadium host the action in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively | 🎟️ Visit the Glasgow Tigers website and Edinburgh Monarchs website for the latest fixture and ticket news.

🏉 RUGBY SEVENS.  MELROSE 7s FESTIVAL ~ Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April ~ The Greenyards, Melrose

A historic tournament on the rugby calendar the Melrose 7s Festival is back for 2024 at Greenyards, the spiritual home of Rugby 7s.  The festival includes the men’s 1883 Centenary Cup and women’s Mike Bleasdale Cup.  It starts with a Hall of Fame Dinner on Thursday night that will be attended by stars of the rugby world | 🎟️ Tickets are available from the Melrose 7s website.

April cont.

🏇 HORSE RACING.  SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL ~ Friday 19 & Saturday 20 April ~ Ayr Racecourse 

They’re under starter’s order at Ayr Racecourse for the highlight of the National Hunt calendar in Scotland.  The Scottish Grand National Festival is back and set to once again welcome thousands of racegoers for an unmissable day of sport in Scotland.  Ladies Day is on Friday while Saturday features the famous Coral Scottish Grand National.  Fantastic racing is guaranteed with live music and lots of other entertainment to complement the jumps action on the racecourse | 🎟️ Tickets are now on sale.

🏇 HORSE RACING.  PERTH FESTIVAL ~ Wednesday 24 April to Friday 26 April ~ Perth Racecourse 

A stellar month of horse racing – which started with the Scottish Grand National Festival – continues this week with the ever-popular Perth Festival.  Nestled in the stunning parklands of Scone Palace, the racecourse is Scotland’s most northerly course.  The festival – a three-day treat for fans of jump racing – marks the first fixture in the 2024 Perth Racecourse calendar | 🎟️ Tickets are available.

MAY

🎯 DARTS.  PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS ~ Thursday 2 May ~ P&J Live 

All arrows lead to Aberdeen for Night 14 of the 2024 Premier League Darts.  Drama is guaranteed as eight of the biggest stars in world darts take to the oche at P&J Live.  The players are battling it out to make Play-Offs Night later in May at London’s O2 Arena | 🎟️ Tickets are on general sale here.

🏋️💃🏃‍♀️ HIGHLAND GAMES.  GORDON CASTLE HIGHLAND GAMES ~ Sunday 19 May ~ Gordon Castle

Sport in Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a Highland Games experience and welcoming thousands of national and international visitors to the north-east of Scotland the Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair is set to be a highlight of 2024.  Highland dancing, piping, heavy weights and tug of war events will all feature | 🎟️ Visit the Gordon Castle website for the latest ticket information.

⚽️ FOOTBALL.  SCOTTISH CUP FINALS ~ Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May ~ Hampden Park

Hampden Park is the venue for two of the biggest matches in Scottish cup football.  The Scottish Cup Final and Scottish Women’s Cup Final.  The former celebrating the 150th anniversary of the competition.  The first preliminary round took place back in August 2023.  Now just two teams are left to compete for each trophy this weekend.  Can 2023 dual winners Celtic retain their trophies, or will new sides be victorious in 2024? | 🎟️ See the Scottish FA website for the latest ticket news. 

JUNE – SPORT IN SCOTLAND

🏇 HORSE RACING.  EDINBURGH CUP RACEDAY ~ Saturday 1 June May ~ Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse is the place to be this afternoon for one of the most prestigious days of the Scottish Flat season – the Edinburgh Gin Raceday featuring The Edinburgh Cup.  Gates open at 11.30am ahead of a programme packed full of quality racing, great food and live music | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale from the Musselburgh Racecourse website

🏍️ MOTORSPORT.  BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP ~ Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June ~ Knockhill Racing Circuit

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship means only one thing.  Some of best bike racers in the world are back at Knockhill for three days of 180mph wheel-to-wheel action.  As well as two BSB races there’s a support package that will provide plenty of entertainment for bike racing fans | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale now.

JULY 

⛳️ GOLF (M).  SCOTTISH OPEN ~ Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 July ~ Renaissance Club 

The Genesis Scottish Open returns to the Renaissance Club and golf fans are in for a treat with a host of the world’s best players set to tee it up on the North Berwick fairways.  In 2023, four-time major champion Rory Mcllroy won the title shooting a 68 in the final round.  Mcllroy was part of a stellar field that included eight of the world’s top ten players.  These included world No.1 Scottie Scheffler and fellow major champions Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, Wyndham Clark and Justin Thomas.  This Rolex Series event is not to be missed! | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale here

⛳️ GOLF (M).  THE OPEN ~ Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July ~ Royal Troon

The 152nd Open returns to the iconic Royal Troon Old Course for the first time since 2016.  Sport in Scotland doesn’t get much bigger than this!  South Ayrshire is the centre of the sporting universe this week as it welcomes the best men’s golfers on the planet playing for the famous Claret Jug.  Previous winners of The Open are a roll call of the greatest players in history such as Jack Nickaus, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods | 🎟️ For the latest ticket news visit The Open website.

AUGUST – SPORT IN SCOTLAND!

 🏎️ MOTORSPORT.  BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ~ Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 August ~ Knockhill Racing Circuit

Knockhill in Fife welcomes fans back for the latest round of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.  Regarded as the best saloon car racing championship in the world a true festival of speed awaits with exhilarating racing action coupled with entertainment for the whole family.  Two days of non-stop action features practice, qualifying and a 17-race schedule featuring three BTCC races | 🎟️ Tickets are available.

🏋️💃🏃‍♀️ HIGHLAND GAMES.  PERTH HIGHLAND GAMES ~ Sunday 11 August ~ Scone Palace Parklands The Perth Highland Games returns with its traditional Heavyweight events.  These include throwing weights and hammers and tossing the caber.  This popular event in the Games calendar also features Highland dancing, foot and cycle races and its ever-popular pipe band contest.  Taking place in Scone Palace Parklands a wide range of trade and craft stands will ensure shopping needs are catered for | 🎟️ Visit the Games website for the latest ticket information.

August cont.

⛳️ GOLF (W).  WOMEN’S OPEN ~ Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 August ~St Andrews

The 2024 AIG Women’s Open takes place at the Old Course, St Andrews with the best women golfers in the world set to tee it up at the oldest and most iconic  golf course in the world.  The first time since 2013 the championship has taken place at the Old Course.  The defending champion is Lilia Vu from the USA who won the title by six shots last summer at Walton Heath | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale here.  

🏇 EQUESTRIAN.  BLAIR CASTLE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS ~ Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 August ~ Blair Castle

Blair Castle hosts Scotland’s premier equestrian event, the Defender Blair Castle International Horse Trials.  Taking place over four days, Thursday and Friday focus on the dressage phase.  On Saturday the cross-country is centre stage, followed by showjumping on Sunday.   The international level attracts many of the best riders in the UK.  These often include Olympic and world medalists performing in front of the breathtaking backdrop of Blair Castle.  There’s also the popular shopping village and Food Hall.  A live band and disco combine to provide fantastic evening entertainment  | 🎟️ Visit the Blair Castle Horse Trials website for the latest information on general admission, parking and camping tickets.

August cont.

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ ATHLETICS.  THE MONUMENT MILE CLASSIC 2024 ~ Saturday 24 August ~ Stirling

In the shadow of the iconic Wallace Monument is the place to be for 25+ mile races featuring some of Scotland’s finest athletes at The Monument Mile Classic.  Celebrating its seventh year the action takes place at the University of Stirling running track between 4pm-10pm.  In 2023 no less than seven men went sub-4mins in the elite men’s race.  Sara Lappalainen from Finland won the elite women’s race in 4:28.12.  And Angus Wilkinson of East Kilbride AC ran a World Best for age 14 with 4:11.20.  Expect more drama in 2024! | 🎟️ Spectating is free. 

SEPTEMBER – SPORT IN SCOTLAND

🏋️💃🏃‍♀️ HIGHLAND GAMES.  THE BRAEMAR GATHERING ~ Saturday 7  September ~ The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park

Held on the first Saturday in September the Braemar Gathering is a world-famous event that heralds the finale of the Highland Games season.  A showpiece event on the sport in Scotland calendar the Gathering is regularly attended by the reigning Monarch.  Joined by members of the wider Royal Family.  International athletes feature among those taking part in the ‘heavy’ and ‘track’ events.  Pipers and dancers are in attendance while teams from H.M. Forces will compete in tug-o-war and relay events | 🎟️ Buy tickets here.

🏇 HORSE RACING. AYR GOLD CUP FESTIVAL ~ Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 September ~ Ayr Racecourse

Scotland’s biggest Flat racing festival takes place at Ayr Racecourse.  Three days of action will feature some of the leading horses, jockeys and trainers in the UK.  Friday is Ladies Day ahead of Saturday’s action including the historic Ayr Gold Cup.  The centrepiece of the richest day in the Scottish flat season racing calendar | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale at the Ayr Racecourse website.

🏑 SHINTY (M).  CAMANACHD CUP FINAL ~ Saturday 21 September ~ Fort William

The final of the biggest prize in the sport of shinty takes place at An Aird in 2024.  It’s the 127th edition of the Camanachd Cup Final, the national knock-out cup competition first contested in 1896.  A brilliant day out for all the family features an opportunity to watch two of the country’s best shinty teams.  Kingussie are the current champions after their 1-0 victory over Oban Camanachd at Bught Park last September.  The 25th time Kingussie have lifted the trophy | 🎟️ Tickets for the 2024 final are on sale here.

OCTOBER – SPORT IN SCOTLAND

🏄 WINDSURFING.  TIREE WAVE CLASSIC ~ Saturday 12 to Friday 18 October ~ Isle of Tiree

Nicknamed the ‘Hawaii of the North’ the Tiree Wave Classic is the longest running professional windsurfing event in the world.  It showcases some of the best UK talent against junior and professional windsurfers from around the globe.  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.  Visit the event website for more information. 

🏋️ WEIGHTLIFTING.  GIANTS LIVE WORLD TOUR FINALS ~ Saturday 19 October ~ OVO Hydro

The World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour returns to Scotland for a third time after Giants Live made a memorable debut at the Hydro in 2021 with the Scottish Stoltman brothers starring at the season finale.  Stand by for great entertainment for all the family as top strongmen from across the globe compete in the World Tour Finals! | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale here.

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