The Commonwealth Games 2014 are coming to Glasgow in just under a week’s time, and everyone here at Timberbush Tours HQ is feeling very excited about the upcoming event. I thought this would be the perfect time to create a blog to inform people on some facts about the games and to let everyone know how to make the most of their time in Glasgow.
There is no doubt about it, 2014 is the year for Scotland. We have the 2014 Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup, The Scottish Independence Referendum in September as well as the MTV Video Music Awards. It really is a very exciting time to be in Scotland but it is also an amazing opportunity to showcase to everybody exactly what Scotland has to offer.
Some facts about the 2014 Commonwealth Games
I wanted to give everyone a quick run-down on some facts about the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. I have noticed that there has been quite a bit of Commonwealth Games information over load over the past couple of months, so hopefully this will make it slightly clearer for you!
• The Commonwealth Games is a world class event which is held once every four years
• The event is on from the 23rd of July to the 3rd of August
• 6,500 athletes form 70 nations will compete in 17 sports including aquatics and wrestling in the event
• Scotland is seventh on the all-time Commonwealth Games medals table with 92 gold, 104 silver and 160 bronze medals
• The majority of venues for the games are located within 20 minute driving time from the Athletes village which is in Dalmarnock
• There are three cluster’s where the venues are located; the East End, South Side and the West End of Glasgow city
• The only sports held outside the City Centre is the Diving and Full-Bore Shooting events
• The Queens Baton Relay is travelling through the length and breadth of Scotland through 70 Nations and Territories in 288 days where it will finally finish in Glasgow just before the start of The Commonwealth Games on the 23rd of July. The idea of the relay is to create an energy and excitement throughout the towns in Scotland in the lead up to the games
• For anyone who can’t afford to go to the games, there are going to be several screens displaying the games throughout the city. Glasgow Green will have 3 outdoor screens. 2 showing sport and one on the main stage showing the festival programme, sports and messages. There will also be outdoor screens at BBC at the Quay, the Kelvingrove Bandstand and at the Old Fruit market
• The Commonwealth Games mascot was designed by a 12 year old schoolgirl called Beth Gilmour from the Scottish town of Cumbernauld. The main criteria for the mascot was for it to represent Scotland as well as Glasgow. The mascot, named Clyde, after the Glasgow River is a thistle (national emblem of Scotland). Clyde was voiced by one of Scotland’s most famous comedians, Billy Connolly, who is also an official ambassador of the games
Explore Glasgow but don’t forget about the rest of Scotland!
Glasgow, although not the capital city of Scotland, is a vibrant and bustling place with plenty to do and see. There will be a fun and energetic atmosphere throughout the city during the Commonwealth games and there will be more than 1000 performances being staged in over 100 locations throughout the city in places such as the Old Fruit market, The BBC at the Quay, Kelvingrove Bandstand and The Merchant City Festival.
One could imagine that this may get a bit hectic after a few days, so my suggestion would be to escape the city for a day and do a Timberbush Tour. This is the perfect way to get some relaxation in as well as to see some of the most beautiful parts of Scotland which we are very proud off; The Highlands, Stirling Castle, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond to name a few.
Some do say that it would be a sin to visit Scotland and not see some of the breathtakingly stunning scenery which Scotland has to offer. Luckily, Timberbush Tours have 7 fantastic tours departing from Glasgow City Centre throughout the Commonwealth games and thereafter. Depending on what you would like to see, Timberbush Tours truly has it covered. Whether it’s a visit to see wee Nessie at Loch Ness, a mystical castle tour to explore some of Scotland’s finest and oldest castles or even a whisky tour to get your taste buds tantalising, Timberbush Tours can cater to you.
We also have a fantastic Private Hire Department that can come up with bespoke tours. This is a particularly popular option for larger groups, or even families who would rather have the freedom to create their own itinerary for their tour.
Timberbush Tours will create an experience for you which you will never forget. I can say from experience that this is the ideal way to get a taste of what Scotland is all about; the rugged roads, quaint villages, beautiful scenery, the Highland Coo. We have it covered. The Commonwealth Game is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase this to you. Don’t miss out!