From the 23rd July to 3rd August Glasgow will be home to thousands of athletes competing in this year’s Commonwealth Games. This fortnight of sporting prowess will be spread across 14 venues, over three sites, right across Glasgow! From triathlons to badminton, fans from around the world will be making their way to Scotland’s largest city to cheer on their sporting heroes. So get your car at the ready and make the journey to Glasgow this summer!
Ready, set, go!
17 different sports, ranging from the fast and adrenaline pumping athletics, to the awe-inspiring weightlifting, will be bringing their best athletes from all over the world to compete in the latest of this years’ sporting gold. Follow in awe as triathletes swim, bike and run, and cheer as wrestlers pin their opponents to the ground.
If you want to get involved with the activities too, then join in with the Queen’s Baton Relay, where you and 4,000 other baton bearers will be journeying the width and breadth of Glasgow in Scotland’s largest ever relay race.
Glasgow Festival 2014
On top of all the sporting events, the city will also be hosting the Glasgow Festival, a celebration of music, film, theatre and dance. If you’re a big fan of music, then make sure you don’t miss out on the BBC’s 16-day pop-up festival, BBC at the Quay. Local favourites such as Texas and Amy Macdonald will be performing, as well as the soulful singer Paloma Faith and many other chart toppers. If film and theatre is more your thing, then take your pick from a range of fun and informative workshops and screenings.
Explore the city
If you’re not worn out from all of the excitement of cheering on and enjoying the festivities, then why not take the time to discover the rest of what Glasgow has to offer. Tour the city’s cathedral for a taste of history, or pay a visit to Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens for some peace and quiet. And, if it’s a sunny day, then make the journey to the beautiful Kelvingrove Park, where you can take a gentle stroll and relax with a picnic.
Getting from A to B
To make sure you don’t miss out on the all-important 100-metre sprint finale you should probably use a car, and hiring a car in Glasgow is an affordable way to navigate around the city in a time-effective way. Also, regardless of whether you’re based in the south of England, the Midlands, or the North East, the drive to Glasgow makes for a wonderfully scenic journey you won’t forget in a hurry. So pack up your bags, and choose a car that’ll suit your needs during your time in Scotland.
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