Edinburgh has one of the two professional rugby teams in Scotland, and it plays at Murrayfield - the national stadium.
Like the Glasgow team, it has a solid history of non achievement. Crowds are a sparse 4-5,000 in a stadium which holds 60,000+.
Until today, that is. The team reached the quarter final of the European Cup (which it had done once before) and won at home against 4 time winners Stade Toulousain drawing a crowd of almost 38,000. Into the semifinals for the first time.
I was there. First time I'd gone to see them, and it was really just because I used to live in Toulouse and wanted to see Stade play again.
Equipment: Warm clothing - it can be cold even in April!
Beer tokens - Heineken sponsors the tournament, but they don't give the stuff away.
Murrayfield is the HQ of the Scotland Rugby Union. Tickets for games are available for most games and the SRU website is quite informative. Get there early and enjoy the atmosphere (and a beer or two) by the famous old clock.
Last match was seeing us beat the Barbarians 19-66. Champagne rugby at it's best.
Murrayfield is home to Scottish Rugby and always provides a great atmosphere with its capacity to hold 67,500 fans. During the six nations championships the flag waving & flag painted faces of the ever friendly rival supporters are a sheer pleasure to behold. Rugby Union is a great spectator sport with sportsmanship amongs the players and the supporters being the top priority and this contributes to the games enjoyment & excitement.
Equipment: A ticket & the National flag of your choice
Murrayfield is one of the venues for the Six Nations Rugby tournament. Thousands of rugby fans land here in Spring to watch Scotland play against Ireland, England, France, Wales and Italy (and get their asses beaten to a pulp, hehehe)
If you are into rugby check out an international at Murrayfield Stadium. The best time is during the Six nations tournament but there are friendly games at other times of the year. The tickets can be quite cheap too. The picture was taken at Murrayfield when I went to see Scotland play Italy in March this year as part of the Six Nations tournament. The atmosphere is brilliant and its almost worth it just to hear the crowd sing 'Flower of Scotland', the unofficial Scottish anthem.
Equipment: A Scotland shirt/kilt/scarf!
Ice hockey. Last night (13.1.7) went to see Capitals play Sheffield. David v Goliath in UK ice hockey.
Fantastic game. Teams neck & neck throughout. 3-2 for Sheffield with 5 minutes left. Edinburgh equalise with minutes left. No score in overtime, but lots of chances. Capitals win in penalty shoot-out.
Tremendous entertainment. Only £20 for me and son.
Capitals play a fast, open, European style of hockey (compared with the Canadian "muscular" version) so its great stuff!
More often than not Caps play their home games on Sunday - check their website for details.
Equipment: Warm clothing. Its cold in there, and colder when you come out.
This really is a wonderful afternoon/evening out. Fresh air & excitement in a pleasant atmosphere.
I usually put a small bet on each race, after studying the form guide and looking at the horses in the parade ring. And I usually lose, but its cheap to get in (£13). So a few pounds lost on betting is just part of the cost of the event. You could bet just £2 on each race (6 or 7 per meeting).
The Musselburgh course is excellent. Modern facilities, but its been there since 1812! So its historical as well.
Meetings all year, but not much in the winter (its mostly flat racing), some afternoon and some in the evening.
You can have a full lunch/dinner as part of the experience, you can bring a picnic, or you can just get drinks and sandwiches.
Equipment: Plenty cash for bets, food & drink!
Warm clothing - depending on time of year + weather forecast.
Worth buying the Racing Post in the morning to give you time to look up the form etc, but you'll get a free programme/race card on admission.
Rugby internationals at Murrayfield - always a big occasion, but especially for world cup games.
People descend on the city from all over the country to meet up with old friends and support the national team.
I haven't been for years, but before the family commitments came along, I was a "hard core" regular!
Equipment: tickets (often a sell out);
homing device to get you back to railway station at right time;
The civic sports centres were extremely well maintained in Edinburgh and I have used the Pulse Centres in Glenogle swim centre, Dalry swim centre & Meadowbank in the past. This was a good way to get a cheap workout (£3.80 per session) without having to fork out on expensive monthly fees, having not been for a while I thought I'd better update this page.
Most sporting venues in Edinburgh are now "managed" by Edinburgh Leisure who have almost doubled the price of a workout to £6.60. I should find this shocking but sadly do not, seeing it as yet another example of incompetence by council officials. A monthly pass costs £38 which is nearly as much as the cost of the more upmarket Leisure Club within the city.
Equipment: Running machines, free weights, steppers, striders, multigyms, etc
Edinburgh Rugby also play their games at Murrayfield (Celtic League & Heineken Cup) with an adult ticket costing from £15 with an online discount. The West Stand is used to give a crowd capacity of just over 12000. The team are now totally independent of the SRU following a buyout by the Carruthers' brothers in the summer of 2006.
Recommend the Roseburn Bar & Murrayfield Arms for the pre/post match drinks.
The jambos (jam tarts = Hearts) play their football at Tynecastle and have been giving the Old Firm (Celtic & Rangers) a run for their money in the last two seasons. Bank rolled by lithuanian Vladamir Romanov they have made their way through 3 managers last season, finished 2nd in the league and won the Scottish Cup. To date this season there has been a dressing room revolt by the 3 Scotland internationals on the team that led to the excellent Steven Pressley leaving under a cloud, he's now a Celtic player so thanks Vlad. Their beleaguered manager has taken several weeks off with stress and the teams form dipped dramatically.
The stadium has a capacity of 18008 and is supposed to be rebuilt to comply with UEFA requirements, but the City Council will likely make the planning a long drawn out process. The team will most likely play at Murrayfield whilst this takes place, a venue that they have used for European games.
Hibs ply their trade at the excellent Easter Road Stadium, capacity 17500. They play attractive football under manager John Collins and tickets can be easily found for most of their home games.
Something to do that is fun, healthy and free is grab a football, round up a few friends and go up to Carlton Hill which is right in the centre of Edinburgh. This photo was taken from the National Monument - which is the Greek Parthenon looking thingy.....
Edinburgh has two football teams Heart of Midlothian nicknamed the Jam Tarts or the Jambos their stadium is called Tynecastle.
Hibernian is the other team nicknamed the Hibees or alternatively Hibs- Hibernian is the Roman name for Ireland from where the team's founding father came from. So if football is your game you could take in a match with the local rivals. Any Hibs or Hearts fans on VT please take note - I support neither team so will alternate the club badges on the main photo
Equipment: A ticket for the game & of course the scrarf colours of theclub of your choice
Hollyrood Park which belongs to the Monarchy but is accessable to all with no gates or restrictions. The park is 650 acres of unmanicured hill just raw nature as nature intended. If the weather is fine go for a walk here and see Arthur's Seat, a long ago extinct volcano which erupted under the sea when Scotland was many miles from where it is today a fact to contemplate while enjoying a solitary and stimulating walk back through time.
Equipment: No equipment necessary but you might want to wear layered clothing.