Edinburgh Sports & Outdoors

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Best Rated Sports & Outdoors in Edinburgh

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    Have a walk in the great outdoors

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2006

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    Holyrood Park
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    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.

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    Home of Scottish Rugby Union

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Murrayfield Stadium

    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

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    Go & See a Football Match

    by scottishvisitor Written Jun 7, 2006

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    Jam Tarts
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    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

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    Murrayfield Stadium

    by huwhit Updated May 7, 2005

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    Murrayfield Stadium - Home of Scottish Rugby

    Rugby at Murrayfield, what an experience!!! Try and arrange a visit to Edinburgh from May to June, during the Six Nations, or during November, for the Autumn Tests, to experience something special.

    When the Stadium is full at 67,500, the place is amazing. All these screaming Scots belting out 'Flower of Scotland', it gets the hairs on the back of your head going.

    The first time I visited Murrayfield was in November 2001, for there Autumn Test against the All Blacks, it was great.

    Last time I was there I abseiled into the Stadium as part of a Cancer Research fundraiser. That was spine-tingling!

    Also got there in November of 2004 to see the mighty Wallabies get up (easily) over the struggling Scots.

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    Edinburgh Marathon

    by fishandchips Written Feb 16, 2006

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    Marathon runners

    The annual Edinburgh Marathon has grown in stature to become a major event on the European calendar. Having said that it is also an excuse for many runners wanting to complete their first big run. This is a great way to see lots of Edinburgh - if you're hard enough!! - as the marathon starts in Princes St and winds its way through Holyrood Park (which is also the finish), along the waterfront and back to the finish line at Holyrood Park after 26 and a bit miles.

    The next marathon is 11 June 2006 and you can enter by visiting the official website. The cost (for general o'seas runners) is 40 pounds if you enter early enough otherwise it is as high as 50 pounds unless you can arrange to run for charity.

    Equipment: The usual shoes, shorts & top but make sure you are sorted out with your water and carbo drinks - especially if you have travlled a long way to get here (no booze on the flight!!)

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    A nice area to do some sports

    by Travelchili Written Oct 8, 2003

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    Arthur's Seat

    If you want to get a nice walk, little hike or a bikeride, head to the Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat. The latter is about 250m high, but the views from the top are fantastic (if the weather is nice, of course, which is always a concern in Edinburgh).

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    Skiing boating golf football rugby

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Aug 21, 2004

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    Winter Wonderland

    Try Kayaking: sailing; golfing, hiking, skiing at Hillend, biking or take a cold swim at the beach. Indoor pools also.
    Europe's biggest outdoor ice-rink is in Edinburgh's East Princes Street Gardens over Christmas/New Year.

    Equipment: Ice skates

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    rugby, world cup etc

    by iaint Updated Mar 9, 2014

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    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!

    Update!
    Went to see Scotland v France yesterday (8-3-14) as guest of an old friend. As old as me, anyway.
    Enjoyable & exciting, but we lost in the final minute.

    Equipment: tickets (often a sell out);
    beer tokens;
    homing device to get you back to railway station at right time;
    warm clothing

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    Hearts of Midlothian

    by kolabor Updated Oct 14, 2005

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    One of 3 new stands at Tynecastle
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    Hearts are one of the most well known Scottish football teams and they sure deserve to be! Founded in 1874 has a lot of history to show. Playing in the UEFA Cup, currently leading before Rangers and Celtic, this is a real football community. Their Tynecastle istn't maybe San Siro, but a must-see for every football fan going to Edinburgh!

    PS: But they are protestant, so I don't really support them, plus I heard from a trusted source they dishonored the Pope's memory, so in Edinburgh there's no choice but to be a Hibernian fan...

    Equipment: You'll find everything at teir newly refurbished superstore, which istn't maybe so super, but is a very nice place!

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    Egg Chasing

    by weewatty Written Nov 24, 2005

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    Rugby Central
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    Murrayfield is the National Rugby Stadium in Scotland, and pretty dam impressive it is too, also used to stage Music Concerts the stadium was modernised extensively in the early 1990's and is now capable of holding 67,500 spectators all seating. Not been a fan of the oval balled game i have never been along to a Scotland Home match but i hear the atmosphere when there's a full house in is something else.

    Being a big fan of stadia whilst I was visiting Murrayfield attending a conference I managed to sneak in an exit to take some photo's.

    Equipment: 6 Nations matches take place in Feb/March time, its gonnae be cold, gloves etc required.

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    saturday night out

    by iaint Updated Sep 28, 2009

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    Murrayfield Ice Arena - Caps home ice
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    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.

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    Horse racing...

    by iaint Updated May 4, 2008

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    First Buddy - winner, 2nd race (��12 win!)
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    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.

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    Hibernian FC

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    Outside of North & East Stands

    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.

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    Running, biking, or walking

    by backpack1974 Written May 21, 2003

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    Take advantage of the Water of Leith Walkway which runs along a stream and through Dean Village...very scenic and the city seems far away as you're moving through the woods....probably best for a run or walk.

    http://www.wlct.freeola.com/river/river.shtm

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    RUGBY

    by hevbell Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Murrayfield stadium

    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!

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