Scotland Travel Blog

Come to Scotland for Six Nations Rugby 2015

Scotland vs. Ireland, Creative Commons photo by Paddy McCann.

Scotland vs. Ireland, Creative Commons photo by Paddy McCann.

Each year, rugby fans from all over Europe travel to watch their teams compete in the Six Nations Tournament, the premier rugby tournament in the northern hemisphere. The titular six nations that vie for the title are Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy. The tournament has existed in one form or another since 1883, and Scotland last won in 1999, the last year before Italy joined and the current format was adopted.

Scotland’s home matches will be played, as always, at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, and include the following three fixtures:

15 February 2015: Scotland vs. Wales
28 February 2015: Scotland vs. Italy
21 March 2015: Scotland vs. Ireland

There’s nothing quite like singing Flower of Scotland with the whole of Murrayfield. Here’s what it sounded like in 2014, before Scotland faced France:

Even with two home fixtures in a row this year (Wales at the end of tournament week 2 and Italy at the beginning of week 3), there are thirteen days between those matches, so most travelers are going to have to pick one or the other (or travel for both!)

Unfortunately, the annual rotation has England as an away match this year, so the fun and excitement of facing the Auld Enemy at Murrayfield will have to wait for 2016. Still, these are all set to be fun ones. This past year, Scotland barely edged Italy in Rome, 21-20, for the only win in a forgettable 5th-place tournament finish.

If I had to pick one to see, it would be the March clash with Ireland. Sure, Italy is the weakest opponent and the best chance to dance and cheer for a home Scotland win, but the Scots are traditionally a tough obstacle for Ireland, and given the choice, I’d want to take the chance at a great surprise result against the defending champions. The only caveat to that is the fact that tickets to the Italy match will be cheaper and easier to come by, and any Six Nations ticket is far better than none.

Finding Tickets

At the time of writing this article, there were tickets available on Viagogo and StubHub UK. SeatWave has had some of the lowest prices, but really since all of these are fan-to-fan ticket markets, there’s no predicting what will be available for how much. All you can really do is check all of them regularly and jump on the best deals.

Getting to Edinburgh

There are regular flights from all three of Scotland’s home Six Nations opponents into Edinburgh Airport (EDI):

  • Wales: Direct flights from Cardiff on CityJet
  • Italy: Direct flights from Milan on EasyJet; Venice and Verona on Jet2
  • Ireland: Direct flights from Cork, Dublin and Shannon on Aer Lingus

Road tripping from Wales is certainly a possibility. It’s about a seven-hour drive from Cardiff to Edinburgh on the M6.

Where to Stay

If you want to be close to the action, there are several great hotels really close to Murrayfield. A few recommended properties to consider:


Hampton Hotel


The Edinburgh Lodge

The Beverley


The Dunstane

Whether you’re supporting the Scots or one of the visitors, you can’t beat the atmosphere and noise when the Six Nations comes to Murrayfield. If you have any other questions about the tournament or the trip there, please feel free to get in touch. I’d love to help you put a plan together.

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