Hello Scotland's Top 10 sporting activities for sales incentive groups traveling to Scotland.

1. Golf

There are 580 golf courses in Scotland, including the 11 St Andrews courses at the home of golf. Scotland's golf credentials don't stop there as it's a major destination for professional golf tournaments.

Gleneagles will play host to the 2014 Ryder Cup and Scotland has hosted the Open Championship 92 times.

Future Open Championships's to be played here include: Muirfield - 2013, St Andrews Links - 2015, Royal Troon - 2016.

My Suggestion for incentive groups:  It's not always easy to get on the Old Course ballet, so try the Castle Course, Fairmont St Andrews Courses or the new Trump resort in Aberdeenshire! Or have a group golf clinic to improve your game!

2. Sailing

Set a course for Scotland and experience the freedom of our seas. Scotland's world-class boating and watersports environment is one of clean air and water, superb coastal scenery, excellent facilities and a superb welcome.

Scotland is the perfect yachting destination for both experienced and novice sailors. Charter your boat or learn to sail here in our unpolluted seas and lochs with spacious harbours and anchorages set against fantastic coastlines and scenery. Unbeatable!

My suggestion for incentive groups: Set sail from Largs on your own chartered yacht, taking in the scenery of the Kyles of Bute - and learning the ropes - before finishing at Portavadie Marina for a hearty meal and 5* luxury accommodation.

3. Mountain Biking

Some of the best mountain biking trails in the world are found in Scotland, and not just in the Highlands! The 7 Stanes are a collection of purpose built trails across central and southern Scotland, the most famous being Glentress – commonly know as a mecca for mountain bikers.

There are trails for beginners and seasoned pro's alike, and skilled passionate guides to assist you. Did I mention the awesome view and stunning scenery too?

My suggestion for rides close to Edinburgh: Glentress or the Pentland Hills, which are slightly closer to Edinburgh and better for a shorter activity time.

Coming soon! Commonwealth Games 2014 trails at Cathkin Braes Country Park – just a stone's throw from Glasgow city centre, as shown in the artists impression above.

4. Curling

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four rings.

Curling is thought to have been invented in medieval Scotland, with the first written reference to a contest using stones on ice coming from the records of Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, in February 1541.

My Suggestion for Incentive Groups:A great optional activity that must be followed with a hot chocolate or a wee dram of whisky to warm the cockles after a morning on the ice!

5. Fishing

Fishing in Scotland offers a wide variety of world-class fishing including salmon fishing, brown trout fishing, sea fishing and coarse angling.

It very much depends on your location and the time of year, but almost certainly your group would have the chance to kick back, relax and enjoy some quiet fishing time – or a lesson from an experienced angler.

My suggestion for incentive groups: We’ll take your catch of the day to your pub dinner venue where the chefs will prepare and cook what you’re group have caught!

6. Hunting

Scotland is revered internationally as a mature sporting destination that offers visitors outstanding sporting experiences amongst stunning & dramatic landscapes.

There is a huge variety of game to choose from including pheasant, grouse, partridge, hare, pigeon, ptarmigan to wildfowling,  and deer stalking (red, fallow, roe and and sika deer).

My Suggestion for incentive groups: Take a trip to Auchnafree Estate in Perthshire. There's shooting, off road driving, amazing spit roasts and of course the wild Scottish landscapes to enjoy.

7. Rugby

rugby clinic
rugby clinic

Rugby is a popular sport played in Scotland, with Universities and schools having their own leagues, plus over 200 amateur and semi-professional clubs in Scotland today. Scotland is also home to the oldest organised rugby union league in the world, the Border League, which was formed in 1901.

Rugby clinics are for guys and girls alike and here they’ll learn the basics and tactics from our professional rugby players, before competing in a touch rugby (non contact) game.

My Suggestion for Incentive Groups: A rugby clinic as an optional morning activity, followed by a pub lunch.

8. Archery

The ancient art of archery is being brought to life by the courageous Merida in the new Disney Pizar movie Brave.

You too can try your hand at archery in the Scottish Highlands! Although you won’t be competiting for the hand of a princess, you might be competing for the honour of winning a bottle of Scoland’s finest malt whisky!

My suggestion for incentive groups:Combine archery with a selection of Scottish Field Sports for a half day rotational activity.

9. Motor Sports

Knockhill is Scotland’s national motorsports centre and they offer a diverse and flexible range of motor sport events and activity days throughout the year including Stock Cars, Touring Cars, Superbikes, Rally Car racing and more.

If your group would rather get behind the wheel themselves, this is the place to do it! Just a few months ago Hello had a special group of VIP's at Knockhill who got the chance to speed round the circuit with the original Stig at the helm!

My suggestion for incentive groups:An exclusive race day with famous driver(s) who'll teach the group how to handle the cars and the track, plus let them experience what it feels like to be in the passenger seat when a race driver is at the wheel.

10. Football

Scottish football might be going through a turbulent part of it’s history at the moment, but it’s still a huge part of our sporting culture. Take a tour of the national football museum at Hampden, watch a match from the Scottish Premier League, or have a football legend as a guest speaker at your event.

My suggestion for incentive groups:Book tickets for a Glasgow-based SPL game - soon to be host of the Olympic Football games!

Thanks to: www.scottishgolf.org, www.standrewsgolf.org, www.visitscotland.com, 

www.glasgow2014.com, www.fishscotland.co.uk, www.countrysportscotland.com, 

www.knockhill.com

1 Comment