Scotland welcomes Queen's Baton

The Queen's Baton was welcomed to the Scottish capital today as it returned to Scotland after a 248-day journey around the Commonwealth.

The Queen's Baton arrives at Edinburgh Castle for a 21 gun salute. Credit: David Cheskinl for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire

Over the past 248 days the baton has visited 69 nations and territories around the Commonwealth on a 100,000-mile journey ahead of the Games.

Lorraine Kelly hands over the Queen's Baton at Edinburgh Castle. Credit: David Cheskinl for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire

For the next 40 days, it will visit more than 400 Scottish communities and be carried by more than 4,000 baton bearers, who are being recognised for their inspiration, hard work and impact on the lives of others.

Queen's Baton Relay of batonbearer Samantha Kinghorn Credit: David Cheskinl for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire

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Queen's Baton in Scotland ahead of Commonwealth Games

The Queen's Baton has returned to Scotland after a 248-day journey around the Commonwealth as the final countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Games begins.