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The Royal Regiment of Scotland


The Royal Regiment of Scotland (SCOTS) is the senior line infantry regiment and only Scottish line infantry of the British Army.  




28 March 2006







our skills

Become a SCOTS Soldier, we will develop and maximise your potential through world class training and opportunities. You will join an Infantry platoon, gain experience, build skills and become a specialist.

You will then be physically and mentally prepared to operate in complex and challenging conditions.

You could specialise in:

  • Combat Infanteer
  • Elite sniper
  • Reconnaissance
  • Mortar operator
  • Machine gunner
  • Assault pioneer
  • Physical training instructor
  • Intelligence specialist
  • Combat team medic
  • Combat communications specialist
  • Logistical specialist
  • Driver

Over the last 12 years SCOTS soldiers and officers have deployed to almost every theatre of operations the British Army has been involved in, which includes Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Cyprus (UN Tour) with 14 Gallantry Medals being awarded.


Our People

We are a family Regiment and our team includes Regular soldiers, Reservists, Veterans and Cadets offering a lifetime of comradeship. The Regiment relies upon the support that it draws from the families of our serving personnel, the communities from where we are drawn, and Scotland as a nation.

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Our officers - leading the team
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Our senior non commissioned officers - supporting the leaders
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Our soldiers - professional, proud and disciplined

Regimental Headquarters

Regimental Headquarters is situated within the military accommodation in Edinburgh Castle.

We have battalions based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Belfast and Catterick.

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From reserve to regular; ceremonial duties to masters in infantry skills.

Our Role

We are a large Scottish regiment bound by our unified purpose to deliver a modern infantry fighting capability for the UK and its Defence capability for the UK and its Defence requirements around the world.

Each of our Regular battalions have specialist operational roles whether fighting on foot or mounted on the Army’s latest armoured vehicles. They work with our two Reserve battalions to
ensure that the Regiment is balanced and adaptable, ready for all conflicts present and future.

The Regiment is a disciplined, resilient and professional team with an unrelenting focus on the pursuit of excellence. A team that has the humility to learn from each other and other people.

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  • 2 SCOTS, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland is a light role infantry Battalion
  • 3 SCOTS, The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
  • 4 SCOTS, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland are a mechanised infantry Battalion 
  • 5 SCOTS, Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland is a rifle company of The Royal Regiment of Scotland
  • 6 SCOTS, 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland 
  • 7 SCOTS, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Through the years

The Royal Regiment of Scotland was formed in 2006 through the amalgamation of Scotland's historic infantry regiments to form a single fighting force. We are fiercely proud of our heritage and our battalions carry forward links with those regiments that formed us.

  1. 1600/1700

    Three Scottish Infantry Regiments were in existence, the earliest being raised in 1633.

  2. 1700/1800

    During this period fourteen Scottish Infantry Regiments were in service for Great Britain.

  3. 1900

    By the start of the century, Army reforms had reduced the Scottish Infantry to nine Regiments.

  4. WW1 and WW2

    Scottish Infantry Regiments were heavily involved in both conflicts with many battalions being raised by each Regiment.

  5. 2006

    The Royal Regiment of Scotland is formed from the existing six Scottish Infantry Regiments.

  6. Post 2006

    The Regiment has deployed worldwide in many areas of conflict and on peacekeeping duties.

Our Locations

  • 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Glencorse Barracks, Milton Bridge, Peniciuk, EH26 0NP Tel: 0131 310 3293

  • 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Fort George, Inverness, IV2 7TE Tel: 0131 310 8676

  • 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Bourlon Barracks, Catterick, North Yorshire, DL9 3AD Tel: 01748 871 3523

  • Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Reford Barracks, Edinburgh, EH13 0PP Tel: 0131 310 5318

  • 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Walcheren Barracks, 122 Hotspur Street, Glasgow, G20 8LQ Tel: 0141 224 5433

  • 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Queen's Barracks, 131 Dunkeld Street, Perth, PH1 5BT Tel: 0131 310 8542

Explore our equipment

SA80 Individual Weapon

Tests On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Small arms and support weapons


112 kph Foxhound has a top speed of 112 kph but can still protect against improvised explosive devices thanks to its v-shaped hull.

Protected patrol vehicles


Support Husky is a protected support vehicle, providing a highly mobile and flexible load carrying vehicle.

Protected patrol vehicles

81mm Mortar

5650 metres High explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds to a maximum range of 5650m.

Small arms and support weapons

L115A3 Long Range 'Sniper' Rifle

600 metres They are designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres.

Small arms and support weapons

General Purpose Machine Gun

GPMG The general purpose machine gun (GPMG) can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire role.

Small arms and support weapons

Guided Weapons

Anti-tank weapons The Javelin anti-tank weapon and the Next-generation light anti-tank weapon.

Small arms and support weapons

Jackal 2

Rapid Jackal 2 is a high mobility weapons platform, with a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across varying terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles

Colour Sergeant Roger Coates to be awarded MBE in New Year Honours list 2022

Military recognised in New Year Honours

Outstanding leadership, medical excellence and a lifetime of dedication: The New Year Honours. A total of 68 Army personnel are recognised in the 2022 list, announced in the London Gazette today, 1 January 2022.


Polar Preet conquers South Pole close to world record

British Army physio Polar Preet has smashed expectations by completing her expedition to the South Pole almost a week ahead of schedule.


The regiment continues to recruit from our antecedent areas and across the UK

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