Sporting days out

Glasgow has been named as one of the world’s top 10 sporting cities, following the massive success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  The city boasts a superb range of world-class sports facilities for taking part in, and watching, outstanding sporting events.

Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome


Have your own gold medal moment with some track cycling at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, named in honour of the UK's most successful gold-medal winning Olympian. Imagine the roar of 4000 cycling spectators cheering you on!

Tollcross International Swimming Centre


The Tollcross International Swimming Centre is a swimming pool and leisure centre in the city's east end and was host to the Swimming events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

It has one Olympic standard 50 metre swimming pool, which was extensively upgraded in 2013, and a second 50-metre pool which was added as a warm-up facility. 

Cathkin Braes

The action-packed 5.5km mountain bike circuit at Cathkin Braes not only offers a challenge to mountain bike aficionados, but it also has stunning views across Glasgow. The £600,000 circuit was designed by Phil Saxena, the man behind the Beijing Olympic course and several UCI World Cup venues. 

Rugby 7s

A concertina version of the traditional Rugby Union game, Rugby 7s is a fast and furious contest with high point-scoring, hard hits and lung-bursting sprints. For a whole weekend of fun, head to Scotstoun for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s in May and watch thrilling international sevens rugby, played to a back drop of live music and entertainment!


Nothing beats the drama of Athletics.  Anything can happen - a fraction of a second can turn an unknown athlete into a star. One of those stars could currently train at one of the 14 different Athletics Clubs across the city. Visitors can test their own fitness levels at one of the many parks, including the scenic 5K run through the award-winning, 360 acre Pollok Country Park, close to the city centre.  

Table Tennis

Table Tennis involves accuracy and speed, with split-second reactions to keep the ball in play. Visitors can practise their ping pong at the Emirates Arena or at Glasgow Club Donald Dewar, where William and Kate showed off their skills on their recent royal visit to the city. And if you want to be super cool, you could head to Hillhead Bookclub in Glasgow's West End, where they’ve got a purpose built cage in which pingers can pong freely, without worrying where the ball will go! 

Lawn Bowls

The setting may be tranquil, but don't be fooled - this is Lawn Bowls and the stakes are high.  Bowlers mix precision with boldness and the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre offers a superb setting, next to the magnificent Kelvingrove Park.  Five bowling greens have been upgraded to international standard; they are free to use and no booking is required. 

Glasgow is unquestionably a sporting paradise, so find out what sporting events are happening in the city during your visit.