The Glas­gow bed race

STAY­ING AHEAD: Ho­tels may be hik­ing up their prices but there are other op­tions for the Com­mon­wealth Games, writes Jeremy Gates.

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HE sale of tick­ets for Glas­gow’s Com­mon­wealth Games may not have got off to the smoothest start, but prob­lems with both the web­site and phone­lines didn’t stop thou­sands of sports fans from try­ing to get their chance to at­tend.

But even those who man­aged to se­cure tick­ets may yet face more ob­sta­cles – the big­gest be­ing where to find af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing the Games, which run from July 23 to Au­gust 3.

With some re­ports claim­ing city cen­tre ho­tels have hiked up prices to £300 per night, the search is now on for al­ter­na­tive bar­gain beds. For­tu­nately sev­eral prop­er­ties have come to the res­cue with deals that should stop sports fans from hav­ing to fork out a for­tune.

A num­ber of good of­fers, it seems, are to be found by ven­tur­ing a lit­tle fur­ther afield. The Turn­berry Hol­i­day Park (www.turn­ber­ry­hol­i­day­park.co.uk) on the coast near Gir­van in Ayr­shire has launched a spe­cial Games rate from just £377 per fam­ily for a seven-night stay.

It takes just 90 min­utes on a di­rect train from Gir­van to Glas­gow city cen­tre. With tick­ets cost­ing £13.80 per per­son, adults would need to hold back an additional £165 for the Games pe­riod.

“Trans­port links to Glas­gow are so good you can get to your events eas­ily, en­joy the city cen­tre and then ex­plore the won­der­ful south-west coast of Scot­land,” says Lee El­liott, gen­eral man­ager at Turn­berry Hol­i­day Park.

“Scot­tish hote­liers are go­ing all out to make as much money as they can – we hope it’s a strat­egy that will ben­e­fit hol­i­day parks that have lots to of­fer sports fans who want to ex­plore fur­ther afield.”

While in the area, vis­i­tors might want to spend some ex­tra time ex­plor­ing sights in Ayr such as Culzean Cas­tle and the Robert Burns Na­tional Her­itage Park where many land­marks from the poet’s works can be seen.

But for those who pre­fer not to move too far, there are still some af­ford­able op­tions in the city, says VisitS­cot­land which has teamed up with com­mu­nity ac­com­mo­da­tion mar­ket­place Airbnb (www.airbnb.co.uk) to help vis­i­tors find a good place to stay.

In the last three months, Airbnb has re­ported a 67 per cent in­crease in list­ings as more and more Glaswe­gians de­cide to rent out their homes dur­ing the Games.

Based on a re­cent search, ex­am­ples of prop­er­ties avail­able in­cluded an art-filled town house in Glas­gow’s West End, sleep­ing five, from £185 per night.

So with a lit­tle clever plan­ning and in­ves­ti­ga­tion, cost-con­scious vis­i­tors could find them­selves in a win­ning sit­u­a­tion.

PIC­TURE: DANNY LAW­SON/PA WIRE

IN A TWIRL: Glas­gow will be show­ing off its finest this sum­mer as thou­sands of sports fans de­scend on the city.

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