Try Bowls

Playing bowls can improve your physical and mental health, and promote overall well-being.

Bowls is a unique sport in that it is fully inclusive, so anyone can play it at any age, ability or fitness level, and for more than a hundred and fifty years, it has been one of the great Scottish sporting success stories.

No matter if you play for fun at your local club or are bringing home gold medals for Scotland, bowls offers opportunities for everyone to get involved, and with 860 Bowls Scotland member clubs across the country, you are sure to find a bowling club in your local community.

Try Bowls

Our Try Bowls campaign focuses on getting more people to try our sport and with bowling clubs in nearly every local community, now is the time to find a club near you and give it a go.

Benefits of Bowls

Bowls is a form of exercise that provides physical health benefits such as improved fitness levels and improved coordination. Bowls also can also improve mental health in the form of improved confidence and social inclusion.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to have my own bowls?

    Most bowling clubs will have bowls that you can borrow when you try bowls for the first time and some may have bowls that can be used all the time however if you become a member, you may want to buy your own bowls. Visit our Try Bowls website to find clubs where you can try bowls.

  • What should I wear?

    Some clubs may have their own rules around what members should wear however to play bowls all you need is a pair of flat soled shoes.

  • What should I bring with me?

    All you need to bring with you are flat soled shoes and depending on the weather a waterproof jacket.

  • Can I bring a friend with me?

    Yes, another benefit of bowls is that it can be played as an individual or team sport. Many of our Bowls Scotland clubs have open days and coaching sessions where you and your friends and family can go along and try the sport for free. Find your local club at

  • How much will it cost?

    Each bowling club may charge their own membership fees and many Try Bowls clubs offer opportunities where beginners and those new to the sport can try bowls for free with some offering discounted prices for new members.

  • Where can I learn the rules?

    You can find the Rules of the Game in our Rules section however many of our bowls clubs over coaching opportunities where beginners can learn how to play the sport from other bowlers.

  • Are there any age restrictions?

    Bowls is an inclusive sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Many of our clubs have youth sections for younger people as well as senior sections for those over 55.

  • I am not very fit, will this be an issue?

    As a sport, bowls is unique. Although bowls can help to improve your physical fitness and coordination, the sport can be enjoyed by all no matter of a person’s fitness and is often recommended by physiotherapists as a low-impact form of exercise.

  • Where can I find my local club?

    With 858 Bowls Scotland clubs across Scotland, there is bound to be one near you. Visit the Club Finder section of our website and enter your postcode to find a bowling club in your area.

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