Things to Do in Edinburgh For Sports Fans

If you’re a sports fan and you’re visiting Edinburgh for the first time, then perhaps you’re looking for sports venues to visit while you’re here.

Heart of Midlothian F.C.

The oldest and most successful football club in Edinburgh with a crest based on the Heart of Midlothian that is found on Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile and share their name with Sir Walter Scott's famous novel 'The Heart of Midlothian'. Hearts have won the Scottish Cup 8 times, with their latest triumph coming in a dominant 5-1 win against their city rivals Hibernian.

With one of most intimidating atmospheres in Scottish football, Hearts home stadium Tynecastle is well worth a visit on a match day. Alternatively you can arrange a tour of the stadium at another time and visit the club museum.

Hibernian F.C.

Founded in 1875 by Edinburgh's Irish community, Hibernian F.C. progressed from the overcrowded slums to become the first British club to participate in the European Cup in 1955.

The golden period in the club’s history was during the late 1940s and early 1950s when the club won three championships, 1948, 1951 and 1952, in four seasons. 

Edinburgh Rugby

Another sporting club with an eclectic history that goes back well over a 100 years. Edinburgh Rugby is a club that has had many successes and it’s an impressive sporting venue that’s well worth a visit.

Scottish National Rugby Team

The Scottish National Rugby Team play their home games at the impressive Murrayfield Stadium with the Autumn test matches and the 6 Nations particular points on the calendar to look out for if you are interested in taking in a game.

You can also tour the stadium on a non match day to see Scottish rugby memorabilia such as the Calcutta Cup, step onto the TV studio and get a feel for the atmosphere in the Scotland team changing room and tunnel. 

Edinburgh Capitals Ice Hockey

Since the end of the second world war, ice hockey has been gaining popularity in Scotland and it comes with its own rich history. It currently resides at Murrayfield Ice Rink and was founded back in the late 90s. There have been many trophies won over the years, and it’s sure to win many more as it improves each season.

Edinburgh Monarchs Speedway

This Speedway has many great terraced areas from which to see races and it also comes with its own licensed bar. You’ll also find some refreshment stalls and the obligatory shop selling the official merchandise. A great sporting venue, and if you love motorsport, then it’s definitely the place to visit during your time in Scotland.