Olympic Torch Set to Light Up St Andrews

It was announced today that St. Andrews will see the Olympic Torch meander through its streets on the 13th of June this year.  The Torch will travel the length of the UK and even on to many of the larger Islands over a 70 day period.  It really is an exciting time for all 4 countries in the UK and it gives communities in each country the opportunity to showcase their local cultures and offerings…of which St Andrews has many! Click here to see the routing of the relay through St. Andrews.

By Gary Sheppard.  Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 5 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.


Olympic Torch to Make its Way Through Northern Ireland

If you are going to be in Northern Ireland between the 3rd and 7th of June this year, the arrival of the Olympic torch will be a sight to behold.

The flame will journey over from Greece to arrive at Land’s End on the 18th of May 2012.  Here will begin the 70 day trip around the UK.

Travelers to Northern Ireland this year can expect to see the torch-bearers arrive into Belfast on the 3rd of June; it will then be carried through more than 60 towns and villages until the 7th of June where it will leave for Cairnryan in Scotland.

Travelling for around 12 hours per day, the torch will ultimately arrive at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

List of destinations in Northern Ireland through which the torch will be relayed:

3rd June –  Holywood, Bangor, Newtownards, Comber, Dundonald, Stormont, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Glynn, Larne, Drains Bay, Ballygalley, Glenarm, Carnlough, Glenariff, Cushendall, Ballycastle, Dervock, Bushmills and Portrush.

4th June – the torch will be taken across the River Bann and then on to Coleraine, Articlave, Castlerock, Downhill, Ballarena, Limavady, Ballykelly, Greysteel and Londonderry.

5th June – New Buildings, Magheramason, Bready, Ballymagorry, Strabane, Sion Mills, Omagh, Dromore, Irvinestown, Enniskillen, Fivemiletown, Clogher, Augher, Aughnacloy, Caledon, Armagh, Portadown, Gilford, Banbridge and Newry.

6th June – after leaving Newry, the flame will be taken to Lisburn and Belfast.

7th June – the final leg of the relay will take in Newcastle, Dundrum, Clough, Downpatrick, Crossgar, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Templepatrick, Antrim, Ballyronan, Magherafelt, Ballymena and Moorfields.