Official Guide to Edinburgh
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Sports

Sport is a big part of Edinburgh life. Read on to discover some of the most popular sports and activities in Edinburgh and how you can get involved...

Rugby 

Edinburgh’s professional rugby league team is Edinburgh Rugby who play their home games at BT Murrayfield Stadium. To catch them competing against the likes of Glasgow Warriors and Leinster in the Guinness Pro 12, head along to the national stadium and soak up the atmosphere. Every year, the RBS Six Nations Championship rolls in to town, allowing BT Murrayfield to host at least two European teams. Notable Six Nations matches include the Calcutta Cup which is hosted alternately between London and Edinburgh and sees England and Scotland face off against each other, competing for the prestigious trophy.

Ice Hockey

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The rip roaring and fast paced nature of ice hockey make it instantly accessible and captivating to all audiences. Edinburgh Capitals, the city’s flagship team, play their home fixtures at Murrayfield Ice Rink. With end-to-end matches featuring a truly international cast of players from North America and Europe, the atmosphere inside the rink is truly special. For an evening of sport you’ll not forget, wrap up warm and visit the ice rink between September and March when the season runs.

Football

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Football is big in Scotland and the city of Edinburgh is no exception. The capital is home three professional teams based in different areas throughout the city. Heart of Midlothian FC who play in the SPFL are based at Tynecastle in Gorgie to the west of the city centre, with Hibernian FC playing at Easter Road in Leith. Edinburgh’s third professional team, Edinburgh City FC, were recently promoted to the upper tiers of Scottish football and play at Meadowbank Stadium located close to Arthur’s Seat. 

If you prefer playing the beautiful game as opposed to watching it, Edinburgh has a good range of sporting facilities where you can enjoy games of 5s, 7s and 11 a side football. Notable venues include the Edinburgh Corn Exchange in the Slateford area, Sighthill’s Powerleague and Ainsley Park to the north of the city centre. On a good summer’s day the Meadows also offers a great surface for a casual game of football, and even better, it’s free! 

Golf

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As you’d expect from the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh possesses an outstanding selection of golf courses located within the city limits. Notable private courses include Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society which offers picturesque views across the Firth of Forth, Murrayfield, The Royal Burgess and Prestonfield golf clubs. There are also a range of Edinburgh Leisure courses offering competitive rates for some of the most stunning golfing backdrops in the world. With six courses to choose from, including Braid Hills which provides panoramic views of the city from the south, beginners and seasoned pros alike are bound to find their swing on these courses.

Take a look at our blog on the Top 5 Golf courses in Edinburgh >

Roller Derby

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Experience the exhilarating Roller Derby with Auld Reek Roller Girls at Meadowbank Stadium. In this 400 seater stadium you’ll be able to enjoy this contact sport which is dominated by women and prides itself on full on aggression and adrenaline. The skaters are no shrinking violets, and this makes for a fantastic atmosphere which is sure to set your pulses racing.

Paddling on the Union Canal

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Edinburgh’s beautiful Union Canal runs through Fountainbridge, Polwarth, Slateford and beyond.  For those looking to develop their canoeing, rowing or boating skills, this is the perfect place to test the waters. For those more less aquatically minded, walking sections of the canal allows you to enjoy a relaxing stroll while taking in Edinburgh’s beautiful scenery. If you feel like experiencing the canal on the water for the first time, why not register for a paddling trip with the Scottish Canals.

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