The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today confirmed all the communities in Scotland through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Bank of Scotland and Samsung.
LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in Scotland to devise the route that will see the Olympic Flame visit every Local Authority area in Scotland. The route achieves the optimum mix of proximity to people whilst taking in beautiful natural and urban landmarks to showcase Scotland around the world.
The announcement of the 1,018 villages, towns and cities on the UK route means LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour’s journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year. Download details of the Scottish leg of the Olympic Torch Relay here.
Not only does the Scotland route include villages, town and cities, the Olympic Torch Relay will also take in landmarks along the way and the Olympic Flame will be carried for sections of the route by different modes of transport. In Scotland these include the Flame travelling across Loch Ness and Torchbearers visiting the iconic St Andrew’s Golf Club, John O’Groats, the Forth Rail Bridge in Edinburgh and running past the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire. For logistical reasons, not all the landmarks and modes of transport will be accessible to large crowds but LOCOG will continue to work with the Local Authorities and operators to ensure public access information is given in advance.
With the Olympic Flame shining a light on these different communities the Olympic Torch Relay will be an opportunity for the people of Scotland to connect with the Olympic Games, its values and its spirit. Many thousands of people are expected to welcome the Olympic Flame and celebrate the achievements of the Torchbearers along the route each day.