The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry

Wearing the grey wolf with pride

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry is the Army’s newest combat regiment. It may have only entered the Army’s order of battle in 2014, but the regiment’s predecessors have a proud history that stretches back hundreds of years.




31 October 2014



Light Cavalry




our skills

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry is a reconnaissance regiment. Operating both on foot and with light armoured vehicles, its soldiers assess enemy activity and local environments, gathering vital intelligence to be sent back to commanders.

  • Reconnaissance duties 
  • Building and manning observation posts
  • Conducting patrols
  • Driving a range of vehicles 
  • Operating communications equipment
  • Firing machine guns

operation tosca

Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry soldiers will be deployed on Operation Tosca with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. 

Past Deployments:

  • Exercise Viking Star 2017 - a joint UK, US and Danish exercise.
  • Exercise Wessex Storm

Our People

As well as being at the forefront of the action, soldiers in the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry pride themselves on forming long-lasting friendships. They work hard and play hard, combining sports and outdoor activities with their combat training.

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Lieutenant Ben Politowski - Troop Leader
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Sergeant Jeff Hamill - Troop Sergeant
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Trooper Alister Fenn - Driver

Redford Barracks

Redford Barracks

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry has its regimental headquarters in Edinburgh.

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Our Role

As a light cavalry regiment, the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry uses light armoured vehicles such as the RWMIK Land Rover to get around, although it soldiers are just as effective when operating on foot.

Their reconnaissance role requires them to work far ahead of other friendly forces, gathering intelligence on the enemy and the local environment. They then send this information back to commanders, who use it to make important tactical decisions.

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry is paired with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Together they train and serve on important operations all over the world.

Past to present

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry was created out of a restructuring of existing yeomanry regiments. It entered the Army’s order of battle on 31 October 2014.

  1. 2014

    The SNIY is created

  2. 2015

    The regiment adopts the grey regimental headwear of the Royal Scots Dragoons

  3. 2016

    The SNIY trains office workers as part of Exercise Executive Stretch

  4. 2016

    The regiment leads the first Yeomanry Courses Camp

  5. 2016

    The regiment takes part in Exercise Viking Star – their first overseas exercise

  6. 2018

    The regiment is presented with a Guidon for the first time.

Our Locations

  • A Squadron

    Address: Yeomanry House, Ayr, KA7 2JQ Contact: 0141 224 5862

  • B Squadron

    Address: Dunmore Park, Belfast, BT15 3FP Contact: 02892 260311

  • C Squadron

    Address: Yeomanry House, Cupar, KY15 4BL Contact: 01334 656155

  • E Squadron

    Address: Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, EH13 0PP Contact: 0131 310 5517

Yeomanry puts Jackal through its paces ... and the mud

Explore our equipment

RWMIK Land Rover

800km The RWMIK has the capacity to support itself and its crew over 800km.

Protected patrol vehicles

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

Heavy Machine Gun

12.7mm The powerful L1A1 12.7mm (.50) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) is an updated version of the Browning M2 Fifty-cal.

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

L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle

7.62mm The rifle fires a 7.62mm round and has enhanced accuracy of engagement during longer-range firefights.

Small arms and support weapons

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