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London 2012: Olympic Torch Relay in Scotland

Image caption The Olympic flame will spend eight days in Scotland

The Olympic flame is set to arrive in Scotland.

The torch will arrive by ferry at Cairnryan in Galloway, at about 18:30 BST, after five days in Northern Ireland.

The official torch relay in Scotland, which will be covered in full by a special BBC website , will begin from nearby Stranraer at 06:00 BST on Friday.

Its week-long tour of Scotland will see it carried from the south-west of Scotland to Glasgow, then to Inverness and Orkney and Shetland. The torch relay will visit the Western Isles before travelling through Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders.

Among more than 700 torchbearers will be some well-known athletes and celebrities.

Rower Katherine Grainger, who has won silver medals at each of the past three Olympics, will travel home to Glasgow to carry the torch on Friday.

Olympic curling gold medallist Rhona Martin and stunt cyclist Danny Mackaskill will also be involved in Friday's relay.

TV personality Jenni Falconer, golfer Colin Montgomerie, rugby player Chris Paterson and cyclist Mark Beaumont will carry the torch during its week in Scotland.

The first day of the torch relay will see it travel from Stranraer and up through Ayrshire, calling at places such as Turnberry, Alloway and Ayr.

On Friday afternoon, the torch will call at Rutherglen and Giffnock on the outskirts of Glasgow before finishing with a celebration in the city's George Square.

Saturday's journey will begin at 07:00 BST on a tall ship outside the city's Riverside Museum and end almost 12 hours later at the Eden Court in Inverness.

On Sunday, the torch will make a flying visit to Orkney and Shetland before heading to Stornoway on Lewis, where the following day's relay begins.

On Monday, the relay will again pass through Inverness on its way to Aberdeen.

The journey on Tuesday is from Aberdeen to Dundee and on Wednesday the route is St Andrews to Edinburgh, where there will be a celebration at Edinburgh Castle featuring a performance by pop star Emeli Sandé.

On Thursday morning, the flame heads south from Edinburgh through the Borders, leaving Scotland at about 16:30 BST.

However, a week later the torch will enter Scotland once again, spending the morning of Thursday 21 June travelling from Dumfries to Gretna.

There may be further Scottish interest in the relay before it ends its journey at the Olympic park in London on 27 July.

Sir Chris Hoy, who won three gold medals in Beijing four years ago, will carry the torch in Manchester and Andy Murray will be the torchbearer in the London Borough of Merton, home of the All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon.

Olympic Torch in Scotland - Full details

Friday 8 June - Stranraer to Glasgow (Day 21)

Saturday 9 June - Glasgow to Inverness (Day 22)

Sunday 10 June - Kirkwall to Lerwick (Day 23)

Monday 11 June - Stornoway to Aberdeen (Day 24)

Tuesday 12 June - Aberdeen to Dundee (Day 25)

Wednesday 13 June - St Andrews to Edinburgh (Day 26)

Thursday 14 June - Edinburgh to the Borders (Day 27)

Thursday 21 June 2012 - Dumfries to Gretna (Day 34)

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