The Royal Regiment of Scotland


We are Scotland's Infantry Regiment forming a core part of the British Army's combat capability. The Regiment is comprised of Regular infantry soldiers organised in four battalions and an independent rifle company with Reservists in our two Army Reserve battalions.




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our skills

The Royal Regiment of Scotland is focused on our most valuable asset, The Jock, a proven fighting soldier who personifies our cherished core values. 

  • Courage: empowered to make the right decision
  • Character: strong, fit and confident
  • Humour: bold, proud and engaging
  • Humility: from our Scottish communities
  • Fighting spirit: fierce, professional and confident
  • Discipline: self-imposed, with courage to do the right thing
  • Decency: treat others with respect

Soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa

The Regiment and its battalions have soldiers committed to many military commitments overseas. 

  • Operation Toral in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Operation Gritrock in Sierra Leone


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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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 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 within which all people are valued and empowered to do their best. A team that has the humility to learn from each other and other people.



  • 1 SCOTS, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
  • 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.

Who we are

Explore our equipment


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


2 SCOTS home from Iraq

Troops from The 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) return home after six months training and mentoring security forces in Iraq.


The Royal Regiment of Scotland passed fit for London public duties

The kilted soldiers of Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland passed a rigorous inspection at Wellington Barracks today and will now take on the world famous ceremonial duties in London.


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

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