Sports in Edinburgh
WATCH A GAME OR JOIN THE FUN
Edinburgh is home to many fantastic sports events throughout the year. From rugby matches at Murrayfield Stadium and football at Scottish Premier League stadiums, to golf and marathon charity events, Edinburgh has something for athletes and sports fans of all stripes. Stay close to the action with Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre.
Catch a game of Rugby
Edinburgh is a passionate rugby town and its professional home team are the Edinburgh Rugby (formerly known as the Edinburgh Reivers and Edinburgh Gunners). They play their home games at Myreside Stadium, as well as the larger BT Murrayfield Stadium.
Catch a game while visiting just a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Schedules and tickets can be found and purchased online.
Home of Golf
Legend has it that golf was played in the Scottish capital in the 15th century, and 600 years later, it’s still a hugely popular sport in Edinburgh.
There are no less than 23 golf courses in the city itself. For golfers wishing to venture outside of the city to the famous courses of East Lothian and St Andrew’s Links, the best way to travel is by car. St Andrews Links golf course alone has seven public golf courses
- Balgove (9 holes)
- New course
- Old Course (the most famous and considered the oldest golf course in the world)
- The Castle Course (panoramic coastal setting)
Try Edinburgh Marathon
Known as the fastest marathon in the UK, thanks to its predominantly flat 26-mile run along Edinburgh’s Portobello coastline, the Edinburgh Marathon has over 16,000 participants a year. The Edinburgh Marathon is a weekend long festival in May, which offers a variety of distances so all can participate.
- Half marathon 21km
- Relay for a team of four
- There’s even a Junior 5K for 11-18-year-olds
Radisson Blu Hotel residents can warm up for the marathon at the on-site fitness centre.
Enjoy the Edinburgh MoonWalk
The Edinburgh Moonwalk is a popular charity marathon that raises money for breast cancer research. While Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre goes pink for the occasion, participants don decorated brassieres and take a night time power walk through Edinburgh.
The MoonWalk offers four different distances, allowing participants to choose their preferred walk.
- New Moon (10.5 km)
- Half Moon Marathon (21 km)
- Full Moon Marathon (42 km)
- Over the Moon Ultra (84km)
Football fans unite
There are two major rival football teams that play in the Scottish capital. Hearts Football Club play in the city’s west end at Tynecastle, while Hibernian Football Club, also known as Hibs, have their Easter Road stadium in Leith, a neighbourhood in the northern part of the city. The rivalry between the Maroon of Hearts and the Green of Hibs is legendary.
Both stadiums are within a 15-minute drive from the hotel and tickets to the matches can be purchased on their websites.