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Best outdoor challenges in Scotland – Summer 2015

9 Apr 2015

Colour Me Rad, King of the Mountains Sportive and Adrenaline Rush open for entries

Outdoor pursuits in winter can be tough: it’s cold, it’s dark and you have to dress entirely in reflective neon. But spring has finally arrived, so you can banish your running balaclava to the back of the cupboard, say ‘so-long’ to the full-body…

Arenacross brings a rock concert vibe to Motocross

4 Feb 2015

The sporting spectacular sets out on its 2015 UK stadium tour

’It’s a very unusual event,’ says Arenacross organiser Matt Bates of a sporting phenomenon that was founded three years ago and which has rapidly built to the scale that it can fill indoor arenas like the Hydro, around the country. He describes it as a…

Top places in Edinburgh to watch Super Bowl XLIX

28 Jan 2015

Seattle Seahawks defend their title against the New England Patriots

The NFL Super Bowl XLIX kicks off on Sun 1 Feb, 11.30pm GMT. We've rounded up some of the best places in Edinburgh to catch the action.

Top places in London to watch Super Bowl XLIX

28 Jan 2015

The best places to watch America’s biggest game in 2015

The Seattle Seahawks’ Superbowl win in 2014 sent shockwaves around the world. As they prepare to defend their title against the New England Patriots, we take a look at some of the best places in London to catch all the action.

Head to the Highlands this Autumn!

19 Sep 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 has already enjoyed many brilliant moments over the past few months… but there are plenty more to come! Be part of it and check out the jam-packed Highland Homecoming programme; a two-month celebration of the very best of…

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Family activities during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

A series of interactive workshops planned including the Big Big BIG Sing and Get Scotland Dancing

With music, theatre, art, dance and more all crammed into Glasgow’s Commonwealth cultural celebrations, it’s tempting to sit back, observe and absorb as a passive spectator. But get out there and get involved as an active participant, and you’ll be sure…

Three athletes talk tactics ahead of Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

15 Jul 2014

Swimmer Rory Lamont, Olympic gold boxer Nicola Adams and hurdler Eilidh Child discuss the games

Rory Lamont. How’s he involved in Glasgow 2014? Rory is part of Team Scotland and will compete in the 50m backstroke event. What are you most looking forward to at Glasgow 2014? I’m looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd for the first…

Scotch Hoppers brings the simple joy of outdoor play to Merchant City Festival 2014

11 Jul 2014

‘The fact that we can close a city street for 10 days and have people playing in it is powerful'

In an era when having the latest iPhone is top priority for many children, it’s hard to imagine that a piece of string and a stick of chalk ever passed muster. Yet whiling away the afternoon playing hop scotch / peevers / beds (whatever you called it…

Celebrate the Queen's Baton Relay and the Games in your town

13 Jun 2014

Events are taking place in towns, cities and along the Queen’s Baton Relay route in all 32 areas of Scotland this summer as part of Games for Scotland. The programme is a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a…

5 things Bob Doolally is looking out for during the World Cup 2014

22 May 2014

Featuring Budweiser adverts, Alan Shearer dullness and gratuitous mentions of 1966

1 First gratuitous mentioning of 1966 Probably before kick-off of England’s first game, but possibly earlier than that. There’s a good chance Clive Tyldesley could slip it into his commentary of Mexico v Cameroon. There’s also bound to be a…

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Summer Festivals 2014: Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

22 May 2014

Ten days of bike-themed rides, talks and challenges

Following an inaugural outing in 2013, the best fest on two wheels returns for ten days of bike-themed performances, workshops, rides, races, talks, challenges and assorted what-have-you. Among our favourite picks from the programme are Strictly…

10 of the best extreme sports activities to try in Scotland

20 May 2014

Featuring aqualining, rap running, bungee jumping, sky diving and off-road driving

Aqualining Not likely to be confused with plaintive piano balladeer Aqualung, aqualining was launched just last month by Nae Limits in Perthshire. Essentially tightrope-walking over water, the warm-up includes wild swimming, plunge pooling and sliding…

Canyoning: the best bits of gorge walking, rock climbing, wild swimming and cliff jumping combined

20 May 2014

The sport is one of the hottest new additions to the extreme/adventure activities

I’m standing in a pool of crystal clear water, enjoying a moment of tranquillity amid the rugged, rocky woodland of Bruar Water. Behind me thunders a 60ft waterfall, down which I’ve just abseiled. My guide, John, gestures to the breathtaking natural…

'Don’t have your head level with the axes...' - A beginner's guide to ice climbing

20 May 2014

'... and don’t stare at them when pulling them out. This helps avoid a face strike.'

From the first sight of Ben Lomond to the towering, snow-tinged tops cradling Glencoe, my journey from Glasgow to Kinlochleven is a tantalising preface to Ice Factor. Encircled by some of Scotland’s most popular mountains, this former Victorian…

Read this: a road cyclist takes on Innerleithen's mountain biking challenge

20 May 2014

'If you see a foam mat lashed around a tree, take that to be a sign it's probably not for you'

I cycle almost every day. Living outside Edinburgh's city centre, this means clocking up 60 miles a week. I've also taken couple of 400-plus mile cycle touring trips. Yet somehow mountain biking is something I'd never done, but with the Tweed Valley…

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Where to see the Queen’s Baton Relay for Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

16 May 2014

After an impressive journey across the globe, venturing through Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean, the Queen’s Baton Relay is expected to begin the final leg of its world tour in Edinburgh on Sat 14 Jun. The capital will serve as the…

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.

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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…

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…