Next year, 23rd July- 3rd August 2014, The Commonwealth Games are welcomed to Glasgow.  17 sports; aquatics, athletics , badminton, boxing,  cycling, gymnastics, hockey, judo, lawn bowls, netball, rugby sevens, shooting, squash, table tennis, triathalon, weightlifting and wrestling, take place in 14 venues across Glasgow City and the wider area, such as Strathclyde Country Park and stretching across to Edinburgh.

The first games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada where 400 athletes from 11 countries took part in six sports. Since then, the Games have been held every four years, except during World War II. Scotland has hosted the Games in both 1970 and 1986. Today, The Commonwealth’s two billion people make up 30% of the world’s population.

What started out as ‘The British Empire Games’ (1930-1950), became ‘The British Empire and Commonwealth Games’ (1954-1966), followed by ‘British Commonwealth Games’ (1970 -1974) until it took on its current title in 1978 of ‘The Commonwealth Games’.

Being only 2 hours away from Glasgow, Argyll and the magical west coast is the perfect area to visit before, after or perhaps even for a break during the games. Book a two night or more stay at Loch Melfort Hotel in July or August and get 20% off if you book before the end of 2013.With plenty of walks available nearby and Croabh Haven Watersports and Lunga Stables just around the corner, you can take part in some of your own sporting activities. Or if you prefer to relax, sit back and watch sail boats go by in our lounge overlooking Asknish Bay followed by fine dining in our 2 AA Rosette Restaurant.