Photo: (l-r) Janet Christie, Val Prior, Marta Skowyra (by Jeff Holmes)

Scotland’s railway service ScotRail has been announced as the Official Train Sponsor of next month’s Solheim Cup at the iconic Gleneagles in Perthshire.

ScotRail, which delivers more than 86 million passenger journeys across Scotland every year, will provide promotional support for the biennial contest, which takes place from 9th to 15th September, pitting Catriona Matthew’s Team Europe against a Team USA led by Juli Inkster.

Thousands of spectators will arrive by train to Gleneagles station thanks to ScotRail’s services from numerous major Scottish cities and towns, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth and Aberdeen.

Lesley Kane, ScotRail Commercial Director, said: “We are delighted to partner the biggest sporting event in Scotland this year, and one which promises to be a fantastic spectacle of golf.

“ScotRail has vast experience in helping people get to and from major sporting events in Scotland, including the 2018 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, where we were an official partner.

“Once again we look forward to contributing to the smooth running of the event’s logistics and helping spectators have an enjoyable experience of The Solheim Cup.”

Paul Bush, Director of Events for Visit Scotland, said: “Transport plays a vital role in the successful delivery of an event so it is fantastic to have ScotRail on board as an official sponsor of The 2019 Solheim Cup.

“Their experience and track record of delivering large numbers of spectators to major events in Scotland will be invaluable and will reinforce Scotland’s reputation as a world-class destination for events.”

The Solheim Cup will be screened to more than 600 million homes worldwide with the match-play format aiming to engage both the traditional golf audience as well as wider sports fans, raising the profile of women’s golf both in Scotland and internationally. The Scottish Government’s aspiration is that The 2019 Solheim Cup is the biggest ever European edition of the event and the most family-focused golf event in history with around 100,000 spectators expected at Gleneagles. For more information visit www.solheimcup2019.com