Posts Tagged ‘great edinburgh run’

A different way to explore Edinburgh

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

As a city littered with history and beautiful architecture, Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit on a short city break. If you’re looking for a different way to explore parts of the city, why not compete in the Great Edinburgh Run, which passes through 10km of the best sights in Edinburgh.

If you choose to enter, you will start close to Holyrood Palace just nextto Arthurs Seat. The first couple of kilometres will see you round Holyrood Park in the shadow of the imposing Arthurs Seat. Just after the start line you should see the uniquely designed Our Dynamic Earth, before completing almost half of the run in Holyrood Park alone. You will then pass onto the streets of the city, passing through the Pleasance and then onto the Royal Mile, where you will approach the 7km mark near the Scottish Parliament building on the right hand side. From here you will pass infront of Nelson’s monument and the National Monument of Scotland that sits on Calton Hill, before lopping back on yourself. After this you’ll find yourself on the home straight passing the Scottish Parliament  and Holyrood Palace once more, before crossing the finish line.

Beware though, it wont be the flattest of courses that you’ve ever run on, but we’re sure that the fellow participants, the spectators and the entertainment on course will see you through the 10km!

If you’re looking for accommodation for the run, why not stay with us here at B&B Edinburgh.

Image via flickr

Edinburgh for the sports fan

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Murrayfield

Murrayfield, home of Scottish rugby

When people think of Edinburgh, they often think of the architecture, the history, the atmosphere, and the Festival. What people tend to forget is that Edinburgh is a huge sports destination all year round, with two football clubs, rugby, and a host of other events.

The two football clubs dominate the city – Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian are age-old rivals. Their first match-up goes back as far as 1875, which Hearts won 1-0. Hibernian, much like Celtic, originate from Ireland. They were formed by Irish immigrants, and today, Hibs play at Easter Road Stadium in Leith, which is just outside the city limits.

Compared to Celtic and Rangers, the rivalry between Hearts and Hibs is actually quite friendly!

Edinburgh Rugby is one of only two professional rugby union teams in Scotland, and play their home games at the famous Murrayfield Stadium. They are another club with a famous history, having played their first game back in 1872.

Murrayfield is also the stage of one of Rugby’s most famous tournaments, the Six Nations. Every year, Murrayfield is packed out for games against Northern Hemisphere teams, while in the Autumn, you will usually be able to see Australia, New Zealand or South Africa competing in the Autumn Tests.

Scotland’s next fixtures are:

  • Saturday 4th February, England vs Scotland for the Calcutta Cup
  • Saturday 26th February, Scotland vs France

One event you may not have heard of is the New Year Sprint – an open 110m race with a handicap starting system that has taken place since 1870. Professional and amateur sprinters compete for the £4,000 prize at Musselburgh Racecourse, 6 miles to the east of Edinburgh.

Also on feet, the Great Edinburgh Run now takes places in October. Over 10,000 runners take part in the 10k run which passes Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and starts and ends at Holyrood Park.

The community gets together again for the Edinburgh Festival of Sport, which is now three years’ old, but has become a very popular fixture in the city’s sporting calendar. Indeed, the event has spread outside of the city, with activities running throughout the east of Scotland. The event showcases the city’s sports clubs and facilities, encouraging visitors to lead a healthier lifestyle. There’s a cycling Grand Prix, a Moonwalk, and a “Roller Girls Derby”.

As you can see, Edinburgh is a great sporting city. There’s even a Naked Bike Ride, but we won’t go that far!

Don’t forget, if you’re staying in Edinburgh for any of the major sporting events this year, Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh is ready to welcome you – just don’t leave your muddy boots in the lobby!