Sport and Recreation

Edinburgh is home to two professional football clubs: Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian. Scotland’s national rugby union side and the professional club, Edinburgh Rugby, both play at the BT Murrayfield Stadium.

Other sports played in the city include golf, cricket, athletics, ice hockey, speedway, swimming, and American Football. The dry ski facility at Hillend is on the city’s southern boundary.

Outdoor pursuits are also plentiful with an array of parks and gardens in the city. There are great walking and cycling routes; from Holyrood Park, the Pentland Hills and the Meadows, which is close to the city centre.

The countryside of Midlothian has woodlands, historical attractions and a variety of wildlife.

There is an equally diverse range of leisure opportunities in the county including golf, walking, cycling, horse riding, skiing, fishing and cultural events. Midlothian hosts Midlothian Snowsports Centre, a unique attraction and magnet for snowsports enthusiasts. It boasts the longest downhill slope in UK

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Sports and outdoor activities enthusiasts are well catered for in the Scottish Borders with everything from golf to diving and horse riding on offer.

The River Tweed and other provide some of the world’s best fishing. There is a large choice of routes for mountain bikers and recreational cyclists.

Rugby Sevens was first played in Melrose in 1883 and the town’s annual event attracts international fans and teams.

Several long distance walking routes go through the area, including The Southern Uplands Way, Borders Abbey Way, St Cuthbert’s Way and the Pennine Way.