Rev up and rally
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Last year almost 80,000 people travelled to the Circuit of Ireland Rally, and 30 million watched from their living rooms as the action unfolded at the only British or Irish leg of the European Rally Championship. This year the hallowed asphalt is also part of the British Rally Championship for the first time since 1991, when the race was won by legend Colin McRae.
Step it up
Maryhill Locks, Glasgow
Imagine a 420m sprint swim. Uphill. With steep climbs and obstacles. In Scottish temperatures. Yet 150 open water swimmers will make this test a reality at Red Bull Neptune Steps, as they fight to be the first to make it from the bottom to the top of Glasgow’s locks.
April 29-May 2
At the Insomnia Gaming Festival – coming to Scotland for the first time – eSports fans will get the chance to compete in everything from Counter-Strike and Halo 5 to FIFA 16 and Super Smash Bros for cash prizes. Less competitive players can try out new games and meet their creators, attend talk panels featuring stars from YouTube and Twitch, and buy limited-edition merchandise.