The hills, forests and coastline of Argyll & the Isles provide a stunning natural setting for a host of sporting events throughout the year. There are half marathons, cycling sportives and triathlons galore, as well as some more unusual sporting gatherings (beach rugby or stone skimming anyone?) Whether you want to take part of sit back and spectate, here are seven sporting events that should be top of your list!
Islay Beach Rugby – 8th June
Eat sand! The Hebridean island of Islay plays host to the Islay Beach Rugby tournament, which draws teams and crowds from across the country. The event takes place on Islay's White Hart beach, and a large grassy bank provides the perfect location for spectators to kick back and enjoy the rugby with plenty of stalls to keep you watered and fed!
Argyll Rally – 22nd June
See some of the UK’s top rally driver at the Argyll Rally. The seaside town of Dunoon is hosting Round 4 of the Scottish Rally Championship. The cars muster at the Dunoon Stadium, before heading out to the local forests. It’s a brilliant spectator experience amid stunning Argyll scenery.
Colonsay Golf International – 17th & 18th August
Who knew that the tiny island of Colonsay hosted a golf tournament? This annual competition, which has been running for over 25 years, is challenging and entertaining. The Colonsay Golf Course is certainly one of the most beautiful courses in Scotland. The 18-hole golf course is a natural links course in a spectacular position by Machrins Bay. The event is held on the Saturday with Sunday being held in reserve in case of bad weather!
Rothesay Weekend of Cycling – 21st & 22nd September
Gear up for the annual Rothesay Cycling Weekend on the island of Bute. Organised by the local cycling club, Bute Wheelers, it’s a fantastic weekend of cycling events on the island. Events include a hill climb, two time trials, some road races and a cyclocross race. Snake your way up the lung-busting Serpentine Hillclimb – if you've go it in you!
World Stone Skimming Championships – 29th September
Here’s you chance to become a world champion, But be warned – the standards are high! The World Stone Skimming Championship is held every year on theisland of Easdale near Oban. The island was once the centre of a thriving Scottish slate mining industry, and one of the disused quarries forms a perfect arena for the championships. Anyone of any age and any level of skill can enter. For a skim to qualify the stone must bounce at least three times – it’s then judged on the distance achieved before it sinks.
Dunoon Ultra - 5th October
This could be the most scenic ultra run in Scotland! The Dunoon Ultra starts out from the famous Benmore Botanical Gardens just outside Dunoon, the 33-mile route takes you through some of the area’s top beauty spots. Race through Puck’s Glen, along forestrt trails and climb high above beautiful Loch Eck. You’ll descend through Glenbranter Forest and return along the west side of Loch Eck before finishing at the iconic Dunoon Pier.
Tiree Wave Classic – 12th to 18th October
Head to the stunning island of Tiree, known as the ‘Hawaii of the north’, for the Tiree Wave Classic. It’s the most prestigious windsurfing event in the UK, attracting some of the best amateur, pro and master riders battle it out for top prizes. It's an unmissable, adrenaline-fuelled week of competition and entertainment.
Find more sporting events in Argyll on our events diary.