Balaklava Company (5 SCOTS) is an independent rifle company of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. We are currently based in Reford Barracks, Edinburgh. We are part of 51 Infantry (Scottish) Brigade.
Balaklava Company retain their proven light infantry role but will also complete some public duties and state ceremonial tasks in Scotland. One of their first assignments after the move to Edinburgh will be to provided Her Majesty The Queen's Royal Guard at Ballater during the summer and autumn of 2014.
Balaklava Company was formed in June 2013 when 5 SCOTS was re-organised in accordance with the Army 2020 structural changes. 5 SCOTS has a distinguished history dating back to 1794: the battalion was formed of two Highland Regiments, the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders. Both were successful and renowned in their own rights with the 93rd in particular gaining fame as the 'Thin Red Line' at Balaklava during the Crimean War and winning six Victoria Crosses in one day at Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny.
Balaklava Company continues the fine traditions of its famous forebears on active service across the world. In the last decade they have deployed to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Each deployment has seen them conduct themselves with the courage, tenacity and humour always associated with Scotland's Combat Infantry.