Scotland’s sporting traditions are legendary worldwide and that reputation means the country regularly hosts some of fantastic sports events.
Football and rugby steal many of the headlines in Scotland, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find plenty of other sports worth checking out.
Read on to find out more about some of the top sporting action taking place in Scotland during 2018.
The British Open
Carnoustie will host the 147th British Open Golf Championship in July.
Widely recognised as one of the world’s most difficult links courses, Carnoustie’s thick rough and deep bunkers are ready to punish any slightly wayward shots.
Strong coastal winds will test the skills of world’s top golfers who will do battle over four gruelling days of competition.
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Mountain Bike World Cup
The Mountain Bike World Cup returns to the Scotland Highlands in June having made a major impact on the country in 2017.
The event was selected as the world’s best downhill mountain bike event for a second successive year, with more than 20,000 spectators from around the world descending on Scotland for a truly unique weekend of adrenaline pumping action.
South Africa’s Greg Minnaar won his seventh Fort William title last year, while Australia’s Tracey Hannah claimed the women’s event, and both are expected to be amongst the favourites this time around.
Ice Hockey is extremely popular in Scotland, with the country boasting a strong network of clubs at senior and junior level.
Scotland has four sides in the Elite League, with Fife Flyers undoubtedly the most famous name amongst them. Established in 1938 the Flyers play their home games at Fife Ice Arena in Kirkcaldy which has a capacity of around 3,000.
There is also a vibrant second tier of the sport in Scotland, with clubs like Aberdeen Lynx regularly attracting four figure crowds.
Head to Fife during April to check out the Scottish National League Play-off Finals Weekend or the Scottish Cup Finals event.
The first-ever multi-sports European Championships will be co-hosted by Glasgow and Berlin during August.
The German capital will host the athletics, while around 3,000 athletes will take part in aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing and triathlon in Scotland.
Glasgow is one of the world’s top 10 sporting cities with an international events programme and several world-class venues such as the stunning SSE Hydro and the iconic Emirates Arena.
The event will be the biggest to be staged there since the 2014 Commonwealth Games.