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1 SCOTS

The Royal Scots Borderers, the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) is one of six Battalions in The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Currently based in Colinton in the southwest of the city of Edinburgh, 1 SCOTS will move to Belfast in August 2014. We form part of the 4th Mechanised Brigade, but will join the 38th (Irish) Brigade when we move to Northern Ireland.

We are a light role infantry battalion. This means that we have little reliance on vehicles. Instead, and in the finest traditions of the infantry, we carry all of the kit that we require in order to live and fight. We pride ourselves on our physical fitness and our mental and physical resilience and robustness.

Since our return from operations in Afghanistan in the spring of 2013, 1 SCOTS have enjoyed a series of varied and exciting challenges. Company detachments have deployed on overseas exercises to Cyprus, Kenya and the Falkland Islands. The battalion also provided Her Majesty The Queen's Royal Guard at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire.The future promises to be equally challenging and varied with the move to Northern Ireland and further training exercises planned in France and Bosnia.

Sport and adventure training also play an important part in life at 1 SCOTS. Fitness, leadership, teamwork, courage and self reliance are developed through a rigorous programme of sport and adventurous training.  Adventure training expeditions planned for this year include scuba diving in Egypt, skiing in France, sky-diving in Spain, and a multi-activity trip to Germany to include rock climbing, trekking and mountain biking.