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26th May 2017 | Regional News

Scotland’s Best Sporting Events 2017

Scotland’s diverse landscape makes it the ideal location for many different sporting events. Every year, athletes and competitors from all over the world come to Scotland to take part in everything from triathlons to mountain biking, as well as the more renowned events such as rugby and athletics.

If you’re holidaying in Scotland this year, then why not plan a day out watching an amazing sport? Whether you’re an avid fan or a complete newbie, watching world class sportsmen and women compete for high profile titles is always exciting. Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve looked at some of the best sporting events which are coming up in Scotland this year.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William

Fort William is the home of downhill biking and this year is no different, as the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Aonach Mor and the Nevis Range. Taking place from the 3rd to the 4th of June, the event will see thousands of fans watch the world’s most elite competitors take on one of the longest tracks in downhill biking. Located 90 minutes away from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, it’s sure to make an exciting day out.

There’s always something to see and do in the World Cup Village, which is where all the action happens. In fact, there is so much going on it’s difficult to keep up with the full programme of events. Along with the Finish arena, where you can see the exciting final pitch of the Downhill and most of the 4X, there’s also Tech and Trade arenas showcasing all sorts of mountain bike merchandise, competitions, entertainment and much more. The Village is also a fantastic place to spot stars and soak up the whole World Cup atmosphere.

The Fort William World Cup event has won its fair share of awards over the years, which is largely due to the incredible support that creates a great atmosphere. It’s recommended to get out on the course, which is very accessible, so you can cheer the bikers on. Remember though, although the event is in June, it does take place on one of the highest mountains in Britain. Therefore, it’s advisable to go prepared and take some warm layers, a waterproof jacket and sturdy footwear.

Video sourced from Red Bull

AAM Scottish Open, Ayrshire

The AAM Scottish Open is an exciting golfing event which is taking place at Dundonald Links from the 12th to the 16th of July. This is the first time that the North Ayrshire course will have hosted the tournament, which is set to welcome some of the world’s best golfers.

The event takes pride of place on the European Tour Schedule, and is an excellent warm up for golfers who are taking part in the Open Championships the following week. Some of the players who will be taking to the tee include Major Champion Adam Scott from Australia, plus a whole host of Scottish stars, such as Russell Knox, Paul Lawrie and David Drysdale.

Away from the green, the Scottish Open is well prepared for plenty of spectators, with lots of entertainment on offer. Located just 30 minutes away from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, this event is definitely worth a visit if you’re keen on seeing some top class golf.

Video sourced from European Tour

Ironman 70.3, Edinburgh

The Ironman 70.3 will take place this year on the 2nd July, in Scotland’s incredible capital city, Edinburgh. Some 2000 athletes are expected to take part in the event, which involves a gruelling mixture of swimming, biking and running.

Ironman 70.3 will begin with a 1.2 mile swim at Preston Links, then athletes will head east from Cockenzie on a 56 mile bike ride. The route heads inland through beautiful rolling farmland via East Lothian, Midlothian, the city centre outskirts and Dalkeith Country Park. A key spectator hotspot on the cycle loop is the historical village of Gifford, which is one of the most technical parts of the course.

The athletes will finally make a transition at the spectacular landmark Arthur’s Seat, where they’ll finish the event by completing a 13.1 mile run around Holyrood Park before crossing the finishing line. The Edinburgh edition of Ironman offers 35 qualifying slots for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga in Tennessee, so there will be lots of dedicated athletes for you to cheer on.

Edinburgh is less than two hours away from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, and the city is definitely worth a visit while you’re holidaying in Scotland.

World Badminton Championships, Glasgow

The World Badminton Championships is the most prestigious date in the international badminton calendar, and this year it’s being held in Glasgow. Taking place from the 21st to the 27th of August in the Emirates Arena, the event will see top ranked players from all over the world compete in one of the fastest racquet sports in existence.

The Championships is a tournament comprising of five events, including men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. China currently have reigning champions in three of the events, and they’re expected to put in another incredible performance this year. However, there’s plenty of others who are up for challenging them, including some strong British contenders. England’s Chris and Gabby Adcock are definitely a doubles team to watch, along with Scotland’s very own Kirsty Gilmour.

The Emirates Stadium is just over 50 minutes from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, and the Championships would certainly make an exciting day out. Tickets start at just £10 for adults.

Video sourced from TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

What sporting events are you looking forward to seeing in Scotland this year? We’d love to hear about it on our Twitter or Facebook page.

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