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Come To Edinburgh For Your Golfing Holiday

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Whilst its ancient origins are often debated, the modern game of golf is known as being one of Scotland’s finest exports, dating back as far as the 15th century.

The only annual major championship in the game to be held outside of the US is the British Open, for which England and Scotland share hosting responsibilities. However, it is arguably the links courses north of the border that has the greatest appeal to the professionals.

The most famous Open Championship courses on the Scottish coast include Carnoustie, Royal Troon and of course, the home of golf, St Andrews; all of which are within a 90-minute drive or so from Edinburgh.

For this reason, Scotland’s capital can make the perfect base for a golfing holiday; offering the opportunity to be in a central location between the historic courses, as well as being a great city to unwind in when evening rolls around.

If you are daunted by the prospect of the playing a round at one of the previous locations, many in and around Edinburgh can still offer you the chance to sample world-class golf, whilst being within touching distance of the historic city.

Current British Open course Muirfield, which is set to welcome the championship in 2013, is open to visitors and located 45 minutes east of the city. Should you wish to indulge in some Golf history Musselburgh Links, a former Open Championship course and recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest golf course in the world, is only a 20-minute drive from the city-centre. Courses like Gullane and Dalmahoy also offer outstanding challenges to visitors, and are just two examples of the many courses within close reach of Edinburgh.

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!