Gleneagles welcomes Queen's Baton relay

Queen's Baton relay arrives at Gleneagles

Queen's Baton arrives at Gleneagles

Gleneagles Hotel welcomed the symbol of the Commonwealth Games as the Queen's Baton relay passed through the Perthshire Ryder Cup venue on Saturday.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games is being held in Glasgow from July 23 - August 3 in what is a stellar year of sport in Scotland with The 2014 Ryder Cup also being hosted at Gleneagles from September 26-28.

Queen's Baton arrives at Gleneagles

Queen's baton arrives

Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew was present at Gleneagles to welcome the baton, which arrived in spectacular fashion by parachute, and was seen alongside the famous bronze Samuel Ryder Trophy.

First Minister Alex Salmond was also present to welcome the baton and later delivered a team talk to the gathered sportsmen and women.

Mr Salmond said: "I saw the baton this morning with The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. The Commonwealth baton and The Ryder Cup side by side with Catriona Matthew, one of our great Scottish sportswomen, an Open champion running with the baton up to Gleneagles Hotel, was just a wonderful moment and it shows this summer is going to be extraordinary for Scotland."

From June 14 until July 23 the Queen’s Baton Relay has been travelling the length and breadth of Scotland, inviting everyone to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to the Games.

With up to 4,000 batonbearers joining the relay in more than 400 communities, this is Scotland’s biggest ever relay. The Queen’s Baton is visiting all 32 Local Authorities, with up to 100 batonbearers carrying Her Majesty’s message daily.