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 â€“ 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 Rugbyâ€™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.
Scotlandâ€™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 â€“ an open 110m race with a handicap starting system that has taken place since 1870. Professional and amateur sprinters compete for the Â£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 yearsâ€™ old, but has become a very popular fixture in the cityâ€™s sporting calendar. Indeed, the event has spread outside of the city, with activities running throughout the east of Scotland. The event showcases the cityâ€™s sports clubs and facilities, encouraging visitors to lead a healthier lifestyle. Thereâ€™s a cycling Grand Prix, a Moonwalk, and a â€œRoller Girls Derbyâ€.
As you can see, Edinburgh is a great sporting city. Thereâ€™s even a Naked Bike Ride, but we wonâ€™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!