Solheim Cup Transport FAQs

From 13 to 15 September 2019, the Solheim Cup, the biggest event in women’s golf, will be taking place at Gleneagles Hotel. The PING Junior Solheim Cup and practice days will take place beforehand, from 9-12 September.


How many people will attend?

Up to 30,000 attendees, including 3,500 staff are expected to  attend each of the competition days.


How will people travel?

Travel will be by a mixture of rail, park and ride and driving pre-booked to on-site parking. People can travel to and from the event by taxi


What road closures and restrictions will there be?

The A823 will be closed where it runs through the golf course: from Station Road to Orchil Road. Diversions will be in place, including for local and school buses. Residents of Caledonian Crescent, which is within the closure boundary, have been contacted separately with more detailed information relevant to their circumstances.

No other road closures are planned, though traffic on the A9 will be slowed to 30mph adjacent to the course. This is to allow the increased volume of traffic moving on and off the A9 at that point to do so safely.


Will local residents be able to access to the station?

The bus stops at Gleneagles Station and alongside the A9 at Auchterarder will not be in operation for 9-17 September and therefore the station will not be served by local bus services during that week. Rail passengers travelling to the station by car will be able to use the car park on the left hand side/west of the station


Will setting up the facilities cause any additional traffic before and after the event?

We expect the site set-up to take no more than a couple of weeks before and after the event, with no large volumes of traffic expected. The build is significantly less than for the Ryder Cup.


How much parking will be on site?

There will be on-site parking for 4,200 spectator vehicles, estimated to carry around 10,600 people, each day. There will be parking for a further 1,200 staff vehicles. Spectators are required to buy a discounted parking ticket in advance for onsite car parks, to help traffic planning. 


What hours will the car parks be open / when will traffic to be busiest?  

Date Car parks open Play begins Car parks close
Monday 9 September 6.45am   7pm
Tuesday 10 September 6.45am 8am 8pm
Wednesday 11 September 6.45am 8am 7pm
Thursday 12 September 6.45am 9am 9pm
Friday 13 September 5.45am 8.10am 9pm
Saturday 14 September 5.45am 8.10am 9pm
Sunday 15 September 7.45am 11.10am 9pm

We expect the busiest time will be between 7 and 8am and 5 and 6pm depending on results.


What are the plans for train travel?

ScotRail may run additional services to Gleneagles and existing services running through the station may add Gleneagles as a stop.  More details are available on There is no need to pre-book train tickets.


What are the plans for park and rides?

There will be two park and rides car parks for the event: one at Castleview in Stirling and one at McDiarmid Park in Perth. There is no need to pre-book tickets for the park and ride sites. Tickets to the event can be also be brought from the Park and Ride sites. You can arrive at the sites on foot or taxi as well as driving there. Please note bus travel is free.

A free Park & Ride shuttle bus service to Gleneagles will be in operation from McDiarmid Park, Crieff Road, Perth for the duration of the event with the aim of limiting the impact on local communities and local road networks.  Please follow local signs to McDiarmid Park and do not follow sat nav guidance due to temporary road changes for the event.

Parking at McDiarmid park is free for shuttle bus service users. 

From Monday 9 September to Wednesday 11 September attendees including accompanied under 16’s can board a shuttle bus without any event ticket requirements as there are no ticket entry conditions for the event on any of these days.

Attendees wishing to use the free shuttle bus service on any of the ticketed event days on Thursday 12, Friday 13, Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 September will be required to present a valid event ticket for that day to access this bus service. 

Event tickets will be available for purchase at the Park and Ride facility, for those people not already in possession of a valid ticket prior to boarding the shuttle service, from Thursday 12 (Opening Ceremony) to Sunday 15 September.

Under 16’s can gain access to the free shuttle bus on ticketed event days if they are accompanied by an adult who is in possession of a ticket for the event.

Attendees can also arrive at McDiarmid Park on foot, by taxi or by bike and access the free shuttle bus service to the Solheim Cup.

There are bus stops located on Crieff Road near the entrance to McDiamid Park and attendees wishing to travel to the free shuttle bus service from the city centre by public transport can travel on either Stagecoach Service 2 or Stagecoach Service 15/15A from the City Centre, alight on the Crieff Road and walk into McDiarmid Park car park.

There will be cycle racks provided at Perth and Stirling Park and Ride sites.

The start and finish times for the buses over the week of the Solheim Cup will be as follows:


    First bus from McDiarmid Park, Perth  Last bus from Gleneagles to McDiarmid Park, Perth 
Mon 9th Practice Day 06:30 18:00
Tues 10th PING Jnr 1 06:30 19:00
Wed 11th PING Jnr 2 06:30 18:00
Thur 12th Opening ceremony 06:30 20:00
Fri 13th Solheim Day 1 05:30 20:00
Sat 14th Solheim Day 2 05:30 20:00
Sun 15th Solheim Day 3 07:30 20:00


The time of the last bus coincides with the gates closing at Gleneagles so all spectators should be out by that time at the latest. The first bus is scheduled to leave 30 minutes before the gates open so that passengers arrive at Gleneagles as the gate/site opens up to avoid people arriving early and waiting for the gates to open.

What about people arriving by taxi, on foot or by bicycle?

Pick up/ drop off areas are available within the North and South Bus terminals at Gleneagles for those attendees travelling by taxi.

There will be access for people arriving on foot or cycling, with dedicated cycle parking.


Who is responsible for transport planning?

A group including representatives from Transport Scotland, PKC, Stirling Council, AMEY, BEAR, British Transport Police, Police Scotland, IMG (the staging partners), and ScotRail.


How can I find out more?

Email or call 01738 475000 with enquiries about traffic and transport related to the Solheim Cup.

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