Games baton to come through Kirkcaldy

2014 Commonwealth Games Baton
2014 Commonwealth Games Baton

Four local communities will welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay in June.

The baton will come to Kirkcaldy, Burntisland, Kinghorn and Aberdour when it passes through Fife on Thursday, June 26 in the run up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The towns are among 14 communities in the Kingdom which will receive a visit from the relay, which offers people the chance to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to the Games.

The route will see the baton travel from Knockhill to St Andrews via Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Falkland, Cupar, Freuchie, Leven and Anstruther.

The baton will have been on a 248-day journey through the 69 other nations and territories of the Commonwealth by the time it reaches Scotland.

Michael Cavanagh, chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, said: “The Queen’s baton relay is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its arrival in Scotland will be an important signal to both the athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner.

“The baton’s journey through the country is the ideal opportunity for people to celebrate community sport and show support for their local athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014.”

Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman welcomed news of the route through the Kingdom as it was announced this week.

He said: “Schools and community groups across Fife are already working on a range of exciting projects related to the Commonwealth Games; about getting more active and learning about other countries in the Commonwealth.

“I will be welcoming the baton to Fife for the day on Thursday, June 26 along with thousands of others.

“Events like this encourage great community spirit and it’s an opportunity for people to be part of something really special for Fife and Scotland.”

Thousands of people will find out whether their nominations to become batonbearers have been successful at the end of this month.

Further information and the full programme of events for the relay will be announced nearer the time. To follow the baton’s journey visit