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Northern England and Scotland

HIVES are information centres for Forces personnel and their families. To find out about relocation, local unit and civilian facilities, places of interest, schools, housing, healthcare facilities, employment and training opportunities in your location follow the link to the regional HIVE blog or download the area overview from the right-hand panel.

Catterick HIVE

Serving Catterick Garrison, Topcliffe, Ripon and Dishforth.

Catterick Garrison is situated on the edge of the exquisite Yorkshire Dales and close to the delights of the North Yorkshire Moors. The sea is only an hour’s drive away, as is the beautiful Lake District. Also within an hour you can reach the city of Newcastle, the Metro Centre at Gateshead and the historic cities of York and Leeds. Closer to Catterick are the market towns of Darlington, Richmond and Northallerton. Catterick Garrison itself also has lot to offer with further development plans that include a new sports and leisure centre.

The garrison is well-supported with a variety of facilities within the Army Welfare Service community complex including the HIVE, free Internet Facilities (in HIVE), the NSPCC Almond Tree Project, Mother and Toddlers sessions and children’s activities hosted by Community Support. Outside the Army Welfare Service (AWS) complex are other facilities including two well-used Community Centres hosting regular events - the White Rose Club, which houses a ten pin bowling alley, and the Dalesman Community Centre, which adjoins Soldier Sam’s adventure play centre. There is also a thrift shop, library, leisure centre with three swimming pools and other sporting and recreational facilities including an 18 hole golf course.

Catterick HIVE
Hipswell Lodge
Smuts Road
Catterick Garrison
North Yorks

Please see Catterick HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Edinburgh HIVE

Serving Redford, Dreghorn, Craigiehall and Glencorse. Also Stirling and Glasgow.

Edinburgh HIVE is situated on the south side of Edinburgh close to Dreghorn and Redford Barracks.

In Dreghorn Barracks, the Caledonian Community Centre hosts activities such as ‘Mums and Tots’, youth clubs, coffee mornings and much more. Also in Dreghorn Barracks is a swimming pool and gym which is open to all soldiers and their dependents. The gym, which has two squash courts, can be used for football, circuit training, badminton and various other sports. The gym also has a weights room and multi-gym.

27 AEC Centre and the Army Learning Centre (which has a Satellite Access Point for soldiers and dependents to use for learning or internet access), are located at Redford Barracks. There is also a gym with the same facilities as Dreghorn and an all-weather football pitch.

Local amenities are excellent, while a wider range of shopping and entertainment facilities are easily accessed from the nearby Edinburgh City bypass. There is ample public transport with buses serving the city centre and the surrounding Edinburgh areas.

Edinburgh HIVE
Caledonian Community Centre
22-24 Dreghorn Gardens
EH13 9NW

Please see Edinburgh HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Glencorse HIVE (outreach)

Glencorse receives an outreach service from Edinburgh HIVE.

Please see Edinburgh HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Kinloss HIVE

Serving Kinloss Barracks, Inverness and Fort George.

Kinloss Barracks is situated on the Moray Coast along with RAF Lossiemouth. The famed local beaches are glorious and there are a plethora of forests on your doorstep. There is an abundance of outdoor recreations to be pursued. Kinloss is located 3 miles from the town of Forres, 12 miles from Elgin and 27 miles from the main busy city of Inverness. A good selection of shops and supermarkets are located in Forres and Elgin and Inverness has excellent shopping facilties. The main line railway station is located at Inverness along with the nearest airport.

Kinloss Barracks is now home to 39 Engineer Regiment, following the departure of the RAF in 2012. Facilities there include a swimming pool which is open to the general public and a gymnasium that can be utilised by dependants and ex serving personnel. Hunters Bar provides early morning coffee and snacks and a take away service is available. The Kinloss Activities Building is on the domestic side of the Barracks and hosts the HIVE Information Office, Parent and Toddler group, Thrift Shop, Workclub and Sports Therapist. The Youth Club is held in Keddie House and weekly coffee mornings, Akido Group, Bumps and Babes, before and after school clubs are all held in the closely located Cumming Hall. There is also a small Spar shop and Station Hairdresser within the Eagle Bar.

Kinloss HIVE
Kinloss Barracks
Burghead Road
IV36 3UH

Please see Kinloss HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Leconfield HIVE

Serving Leconfield, Beverley, Driffield and Hull.

DST Normandy Barracks is in the village of Leconfield. The market town of Beverley, two miles away, has many independent shops set around the pretty cobbled square. There are leisure pursuits to suit all tastes.

Normandy Barracks has a gymnasium and recreational complex including cardiovascular and weights room, two large sports halls, squash and tennis courts and a sauna. These facilities are open to all. There is a crèche and parent and toddler group, guides, brownies and other community activities held within the Community Centre. Additional facilities include the Hub (snack bar), unisex hairdresser and Londis shop.

Leconfield HIVE
HQ Squadron
Normandy Barracks
East Yorks
HU17 7LX

Please see Leconfield HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Leuchars HIVE


Leuchars is a small town near the north-east coast of Fife in Scotland. The village of Guardbridge lies 2 miles to the south.  St Andrews is 6 miles to the south-east and the city of Dundee is 7 miles north, across the rail and road bridges that span the Firth of Tay.

Formerly RAF Leuchars, with effect from April 2015 the camp is home to The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 2nd Battalion REME and an RMP HQ.

Leuchars has excellent transport links; there is an efficient bus service and a mainline railway service to Edinburgh (53 miles away). The town has an array of small shops providing supermarkets, butchers, hairdressers, take-aways and pubs.

St Andrews is known across the world as the home of golf. The famous links course, opened in 1894, has been the most favoured venue for The Open Championship. The University of St Andrews is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. Students make up one third of the town's population during term time. St Andrews has some large stores and offers an excellent range of independent shops and businesses, offering a unique range of goods and personal service. A striking feature of the town is the 12th century unaisled Romanesque St Athernase Church.

Leuchars HIVE

Community Centre
Tutor Road
KY16 0JX

Leuchars HIVE Blog

Ouston HIVE

Serving Albemarle Barracks and Newcastle SFA areas

Albemarle Barracks is situated in Northumberland just 12 miles from Newcastle City Centre with the villages of Heddon - on-the-Wall and Stamfordham nearby. Northumberland is characterised by its scenic landscapes and a dramatic coastline which boasts spectacular sandy beaches.  Along the coast are the castles of Warkworth Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne. Newcastle upon Tyne provides home to some of the UK’s finest cultural venues with the addition of a scenic and vibrant river frontage. Newcastle is renowned for its many theatres, museums and concert venues as well as its bars, restaurants and nightlife.

Albemarle Barracks is to be home to 3rd Royal Horse Artillery. Facilities on site include a unit gymnasium open to all which has a cardio area, squash courts, weights room, boxing training and tennis courts. The community centre hosts 3 Youth club sessions which caters for various age groups and 2 Soft play sessions (under 5). The Mini Mess, located in the Welfare Centre, hosts Stay and Play (under 5) led by Sure Start and Coffee mornings and a Crèche run by Tyndale Women’s Group.  The HIVE Information Centre with internet access is also located in the Welfare Centre. There is also a small shop with a cash machine located in the Hub. 

Ouston HIVE
Welfare Centre
Albermarle Barracks
NE15 0RQ

Please see Ouston HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Preston HIVE

Serving Fulwood, Weeton and Warton

Preston is a city located in the North West of England and is the gateway to many of Lancashire’s attractions, such as the Lake District and Blackpool. It is well served by all transport links sitting just off the M6 and has main line rail links. Preston hosts a wide range of local facilities including excellent shopping, pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres and sporting facilities. Beyond the City Centre, around one third of Preston is dedicated to open spaces with Victorian parks and woodland.

Fulwood Barracks is the home to Headquarters 42 (NW) Brigade and elements of both of 2 Med Regt and 3 Med Regt. The barracks is also home to the HQ and Museum of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. The HIVE is located within the Shuttleworth Centre alongside multiple support agencies.

Weeton is a small village in a rural area just 8 miles from Blackpool and close to Preston. The nearest shopping facilities are located approximately 4 miles in either direction. The 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 Lancs) are located at Weeton Barracks. The camp area has authorised access and houses Single Living Accommodation (SLA), NAAFI/Junior Ranks Club and gym. The second area houses the Service Families’ Accommodation (SFA), Primary School, Crèche, Pre-School, Londis Shop, Families Complex, Surestart Centre, Medical and Dental Centre (serving personnel only) and Community Centre.

Preston HIVE
Fulwood Barracks
Watling Street Road

Please see Preston HIVE Blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.

Strensall HIVE (outreach)

Strensall receives an outreach service from York HIVE.

Strensall HIVE
Hurst Hall Community Centre
Border Road
YO32 5SW

Please see York HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.


Serving York Garrison, Strensall and Harrogate.

York Garrison consists of two stations, York-Fulford and Strensall Station.

York Station is based on Imphal Barracks accommodating HQ York Garrison, 15 (NE) Brigade HQ, 2 Signal Regiment, Defence vetting agency and many small administrating units. Imphal Barracks is very accessible and within easy reach of the A64 just off the A19, one mile from the city centre. To the rear of the barracks is situated the excellent community centre called The Low Moor Centre, families accommodation, the gymnasium and outdoor all-weather sports complex.

Garbutt House
Bray Road
YO10 4JE

Please see York HIVE blog (link below) for contact details, opening hours and local information.