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Misadventures in Wonderland: Stand Up Paddling

21 Mar 2014

Our intrepid columnist Alice attempts to find her sea legs

What's SUP? I promise I won't make that joke again. Stand Up Paddling is like stand up kayaking on a surf board. You have a paddle, a wetsuit, a life jacket and your board, and the idea is you have a serene time on some of Scotland's best stretches of…

Preview of 2014: 10 cultural events you won't want to miss

17 Dec 2013

Featuring the Commonwealth Games, Drake, Dark Behaviour and Only Lovers Left Alive

The big hitters Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Even if you were the ‘forget your PE kit’ sort when you were at school, there’s little chance you’ll be able to avoid getting swept up by Commonwealth fever when it hits Glasgow at the height of…

Hot 100 2013: 10-2

11 Dec 2013

Andy Murray, Chvrches and James McAvoy among Scotland's top 10 cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Misadventures in Wonderland: High diving

9 Dec 2013

Our intrepid columnist Alice climbed the high dive boards - here's what happened next

Why diving? I met someone I went to school with while I was in a pub and she told me she teaches diving, so this is a classic example of when small talk spirals out of control. Also, with all the press surrounding Tom Daley I thought I’d give it a go.

Preview of 2014: Capital events

26 Nov 2013

The biggest events in Edinburgh in winter/spring 2014, including War Horse and Six Nations Rugby

War Horse The National Theatre production of Michael Morpurgo’s epic tale of a young man and his beloved horse arrives in Edinburgh with expectations as high as they can go. Life-sized puppets of galloping horses, stirring music and perfect…

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Misadventures in Wonderland: Amazing Gracies Women's Football Team

18 Oct 2013

Our intrepid columnist Alice tells us what she learned the LGBT-friendly sports club

What did I go to? Amazing Gracies is an LGBT-friendly women’s football club that has a friendly kick-about vibe. Being a women’s team wasn’t what made it particularly adventurous, nor was it the LGBT part. I went because I’m a misery and have to go to…

Aidan Moffat, Cora Bissett and more contribute to Commonwealth Games 2014 arts programme

29 Aug 2013

Kieran Hurley, Janey Godley, Stephen Deazley, Random Accomplice and Paul Fegan also involved

As Glasgow launches its cultural programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, we round up a handful of highlights on the starting block

Tough Mudder and Pedal for Scotland among autumn 2013's sporty highlights

28 Aug 2013

Fitness fans can also take part in Edinburgh Nightride and Glasgow Parkrun

Tough Mudder at Dalkeith Country Estate, Sat 24–Sun 25 Aug; Edinburgh Nightride, Holyrood Park, Sat 7 Sep; Pedal for Scotland Sportive Ride, Glasgow Green, Sun 8 Sep; Glasgow Parkrun, Pollok Country Park, every Sat. ’Probably the toughest event on…

An Equilibrium Not of This World

23 Aug 20134 stars

Katri Walker’s heart-pounding exploration of the experience of running

Commissioned as part of NVA’s Speed of Light project for last year’s Edinburgh Festival, Katri Walker’s series of filmed diptychs builds up into a heart-pounding evocation of both the experience of running and the runner’s particular communion with…

UCI Juniors Track World Championships provide a sporty end to the summer holidays

29 Jul 2013

The Championships are the ideal place to witness the future stars of cycling

After another great summer of sport (a tip of the hat to you, Mr Murray), and with Glasgow already warming up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, your sportier youngsters may still require an outlet for their energy in the closing weeks of the summer…

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Performance artist set to run 26 marathons in 26 days at 2013 Edinburgh Fringe

9 Jul 2013

Vicki Weitz will run up and down the city's Royal Mile during her Fringe run

Performance artist Vicki Weitz is all set to run 26 marathons in 26 days, traversing the Royal Mile repeatedly from 7am daily until she reaches her target. Using highly dubious mathematics, we’ve calculated that her total running time will roughly…

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2013 - Talks, rides, workshops and bike polo

10 Jun 2013

Five reason to attend the Edinburgh inaugural celebration of all things bike

It’s the first one ever. Edinburgh doesn’t seem to have reached festival saturation point yet, so how about one for cycling? The original proposed mission statement suggested that, ‘it wouldn’t be about the cyclist, it would be about people who use or…

Glasgow to host UCI Juniors Track World Championships cycling event

15 May 2013

Track cycling event at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome features group rides and races for young visitors

Remember the Olympics last year? Remember how even the hardiest sport skeptics were swept along in a wave of communal feeling as the 10 days of the Games unfolded? Remember how track cycling became the surprise hit of the London 2012 televised…

Hot 100 2012: 10-2

11 Dec 2012

John Tiffany, Andy Murray and Luke Fowler among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: Team GB

11 Dec 2012

A roll call of the Scottish Olympians who helped Britain's Olympic squad to victory

There’s no denying that 2012 was the Year of British Sport (2013 looks set to be the Year of the Lie-Down before it all kicks off again for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow). And yes, yes, the Olympic squad might technically be called Team GB…

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Hot 100 2012: Not 100

11 Dec 2012

They’re not hot, and there are only five of them - our pick of those who’ve not had such a good year

Donald Trump The Obama ‘birther’ conspiracist and owner of the only ego visible from space isn’t technically Scottish, but his anti-wind farm stance and opposition to a BBC screening of Anthony Baxter’s documentary You’ve Been Trumped mean he’s…

Behind the scenes at NVA's Speed of Light

10 Aug 2012

Account of walking participation in Edinburgh International Festival event

It’s been described as looking like the movie Tron, a human work of art and a sci-fi sports endeavour, against the most famous silhouette Edinburgh has to offer. Rhona Taylor takes to the hills, and investigates what NVA’s much-talked-about Speed of…

Save up for some summer sporting action

5 Apr 2012

2012 Olympics, Wimbledon and F1 at Silverstone on the calendar

It’s shaping up to be a great summer, with London taking centre stage as the Olympics come to town. And as the eyes of the world are focused on the UK, this could be the year that re-energises our attitudes to sport and helps spectators make the…

The best golf courses in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

Edinburgh and East Lothian courses include Musselburgh Links, Turnhouse, Gullane and Muirfield

The game of golf got its first written mention in 1457, when King James II was so worried that his subjects were busy playing golf rather than practicing their archery that he issued an act of parliament, banning the game, with severe penalties for all…

Sports, activities and exercise in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

Wide range of public sports and leisure centres in Scottish capital

The people of Edinburgh are an active bunch, and the city has an enviable range of public sports and leisure centres that don’t cost the earth to use. The good news is that most of the facilities run by Edinburgh Leisure offer one-off classes and…

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The best places to go horse riding near Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

Plenty of choice for places to explore the area on horseback

Whether you’re an experienced rider or a complete novice, there’s plenty of choice in and around the city for saddling up and exploring the local area on horseback For sightseeing with a difference, try trekking at Tower Farm Riding Stables in…

Mark Beaumont to give talk at Edinburgh Book Festival

18 Aug 2010

Enduring the elements on two wheels and two feet

It’s been an incredible year for Mark Beaumont. Nine months cycling and mountaineering, solo, down the backbone of America were followed by three months of back-to-back public appearances. But before writing his second book – the first covers his…

Five sport shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010

15 Jul 2010

From football and tennis to rugby and the Olympics, these shows go for the win.

Edinburgh Festival of Sport

2 Jun 2010

It’s a sad but true fact that the closest many parents come to sporting activity is dropping their kids off at the swimming pool or standing at the touchline on a Saturday morning. Which is why Edinburgh’s Active Schools campaign has just launched its…

How to get fit through jogging, swimming, skateboarding, frisbee and tennis

14 May 2010

Hey you! Lazybones! It’s warm outside, which means there’s no excuse for your sofa addiction anymore. Niki Boyle has the best suggestions for getting sporty through spring and summer...