Olympics Torch in Scotland
Ministers are promising a fine Scottish welcome for the Olympic Torch when it arrives in Scotland later.
The Torch will pass through every local authority and Scottish Ministers will support torchbearers around Scotland over the next week. Sport Minister Shona Robison will be at Cairnryan later today to welcome the Torch to Scotland.
Ms Robison said: “The Torch Relay is a chance for communities to share in the Olympic spirit and support our torchbearers. From Cairnryan, round Scotland and back to Berwick, the route has been chosen to touch as many people as possible, take in our most iconic places and showcase the best of Scotland to an international audience.
“It will be a tremendous honour for our torchbearers to carry the flame and I look forward to meeting many of those involved over the coming week and hearing their stories of personal achievement.
“While the Torch will bring the Games to life for many, Scotland is of course already taking part in the Olympics, with world class football matches at Hampden and pre-Games training camps for four nations in Glasgow and Aberdeen.
“With just 50 days to the Games, the Torch’s arrival is a prime opportunity to put Scotland on a world stage by celebrating our sporting success, presenting Scotland as a destination for investment, tourism and culture, and demonstrating Scotland’s capability as an events destination.”