Glasgow Sports and Outdoor Activities

(Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

Central to many of the biggest sports stadiums and facilities in Scotland, Glasgow has recently invested some £100 million upgrading its facilities by building the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at Parkhead, created for the Commonwealth Games of 2014.

When it comes to football, you certainly have a serious choice of venues,with soccer matches often being staged at either Celtic Park, the Firhill Stadium, Hampden Park or the Ibrox Stadium. Part of the Braehead Shopping Centre in the neighbouring town of Renfrew, roughly 7 miles / 11 km to the west of Glasgow city centre and next to the River Clyde, is the popular Braehead Arena. This venue serves as a multi-purpose arena, being called home by two ice hockey teams and used as a venue to host the World Curling Championships in the year 2000. The biggest indoor ski slope in the whole of Scotland is also based here.

Football / Soccer

Celtic Football Club
Address: Celtic Park, Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 551 8653
The Celtic Football Club play regular soccer matches at Celtic Park, in the East End of Glasgow, being established in 1888. This is an important Scottish football team, winning a number of prestigious games over the years, including the Scottish League Championships. Celtic Park seats over 60,000 and also features a popular restaurant.

Rangers Football Club
Address: Irbox Stadium, 150 Edmiston Drive, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)870 600 1993
The Rangers Football Club play many games at their home stadium of Ibrox, on the southern side of Edmiston Drive. This sizeable stadium seats more than 52,000 and regular tours take place every Sunday. The Irbox opened in 1899 and has become well-known for its excellent restaurant, which has gained quite a reputation locally.

Queen's Park Football Club
Address: Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 332 6372
The Queen's Park Football Club was founded in 1867 as Scotland's first official football club. Although the team is actually an amateur club, their home ground is Scotland's National Football Stadium in Hampden Park. This important stadium is where many of Scotland's international soccer matches are held and seats over 51,000 people.

Partick Thistle Football Club
Address: Firhill Stadium, 80 Firhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7AL, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 579 1971
Dating back to 1876 and calling the Firhill Stadium their home ground, the Partick Thistle Football Club belongs to the Scottish Football League, being nicknamed 'The Jags'.


The rugby scene in Scotland is well-developed and in the city, the Glasgow Warriors are a professional rugby union team, playing at the Firhill Stadium. Also worthy of a mention is the Glasgow University Rugby Football Club, which was formed all the way back in 1869 and is based at the Garscube Sports Complex.

Tenpin Bowling

Address: 10 Eliot Street, Finnieston, Glasgow, G3 8DZ, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 248 4478
The AMF Bowling centre features 26 computerised tenpin-bowling lanes, full-size American pool tables and many of the latest video games, as well as a restaurant, a bar, a juke box, a VIP area and a room for parties. Nearby, the Finnieston railway station is convenient for those arriving by train.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to midnight, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 02:00


Address: Ibrox Church, 534 Paisley Road West, Glasgow, G51 1RN, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 427 9550
The Glasgow Climbing Centre can be found close to the Ibrox train station and features a well-stocked climbing shop. Housed in a converted church, the centre has a number of excellent climbing walls and also provides advice on the best places for rock climbing in Scotland. Excursions to the Auchinstarry Quarry, Bennybeg and Neilston are available as part of ongoing tuition.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 11:00 to 22:00, Saturday - and Sunday - 10:00 to 18:00


The Scottish cricket season runs from mid-April to September and the city has a number of well-supported teams, playing regular matches. Of particular note is the West of Scotland Cricket Club, which is especially historic and has its origins in the 1860s. Home games are played at the Hamilton Crescent ground, in the Partick area, where up to 4,000 spectators can watch the game unfold. Also quite notable is the Clydesdale Cricket Club based at the Titwood ground, in the southern district of Pollokshields.

Fitness Centres and Gyms

There are certainly more than a handful of gyms and sports centres spread around the city, offering personal trainers, exercise classes, saunas and all of the usual. These include:

Horse Riding

Address: Wester Farm, Westerton Avenue, Glasgow, G76 8JU, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 644 1347
The popular Busby Equitation Centre is located on the southern side of Glasgow, being roughly 25 minutes away by car and founded in 1968. Providing regular horse riding lessons, pony trekking, show jumping and cross-country riding, the centre suits people of all ages. An onsite equestrian shop will meet all of your possible needs.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 22:00


Address: The Boathouse, Silverfir Place, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0JZ, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 644 5942
The city has an active rowing club with a boathouse, situated on the south bank of the River Clyde. Visitors are always welcomed, regardless of ability.
Open hours: Wednesday - 17:30 to 20:00, Saturday - 09:00 to 13:00, Sunday - 10:15 to 13:00

Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena

Address: 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 357 2525
The Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena is to be found in the West End of Glasgow, close to the Yorkhill Hospital and Kelvingrove Park. This is a modern international sports arena, hosting many important indoor athletics events and competitions throughout the year. With excellent indoor facilities, including a track, an athletics area, floodlights and seating for 1,200 spectators, the world-class Kelvin Hall also features a well-equipped gymnasium and fitness centre.
Open hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 09:00 to 21:15, Tuesday and Thursday - 07:30 to 21:15, Saturday - 09:00 to 18:00 and Sunday - 09:00 to 22:00

Kart Racing / ScotKart

Address: Westburn Road, Cambuslang, G72 7UD, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 641 0222
Scotkart is based within the South Lanarkshire area, on the outskirts of Glasgow, where it is home to a large indoor kart racing area. The Scotkart organisation also has another indoor kart centre, which is located at John Knox Street, in Clydebank. Visitors should expect flyovers, sharp corners and lots of competitive fun.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 11:00 to 22:00, Sunday 12:30 to 20:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children

Ice Hockey

Address: Braehead Arena, King's Inch Road, Renfrew, G51 4BN, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 886 8300
Ice hockey is gaining popularity as a spectator sport in Scotland and the Scottish ice hockey season runs from September to March. The Braehead Clan and the Paisley Pirates are the principal Glaswegian teams and are members of the British Ice Hockey National League, playing regular games most weekends during the season.
Open hours: Saturday - from 19:00, Sunday - from 18:30
Admission: charge, discounts available for children

Braehead Curling Rink

Address: Braehead Arena, King's Inch Road, Renfrew, G51 4BN, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 885 4600
The Braehead Curling Rink is housed within the Braehead Shopping and Leisure Centre, in the suburb town of Renfrew. This large arena features seating for over 4,000 spectators and regular curling matches take place here. Tuition and equipment hire are also available for participants. Spectators can purchase food and drink, whilst overlooking the curling rink and enjoying views of the River Clyde.

Diving / Aquatron

Address: 30 Stanley Street, Glasgow, G41 1JB, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 429 7575
The popular diving centre named Aquatron is actually the oldest in the area, being established in the late 1960s. With an extensive equipment shop and renowned dive school, Aquatron also organises frequent excursions to both Loch Fyne and Loch Long, and is situated in the South Side area of Glasgow.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 18:00, Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00

Diving / Kirkintilloch Thistle Sub Aqua Club

Address: Kilsyth Swimming Pool, 1 Airdrie Road, Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch, G65 9JE, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1324 812730
Scuba diving in Glasgow is available at the Kirkintilloch Thistle Sub Aqua Club, which is a professional diving club founded in 1972 and residing in the East Dunbartonshire area. The club organises regular diving trips and offers professional training, which is available to anyone aged over 16 years old and features theory, pool sessions and open-water diving.
Open hours: Monday - 21:00 to 22:30

Ski and Snowboard Centre

Address: Bellahouston Park, 16 Drumbreck Road, Glasgow, G41 5BW, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 427 4991
This large and popular floodlit ski centre is located on the south-western side of the city, within Bellahouston Park and just off the Paisley Road (A761). There are a total of four separate dry slopes available, of varying lengths and all floodlit, together with a bar and cafe, and observation areas. Skiing is available for both members and non-members, while instructors are on hand if required.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 22:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 21:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children