51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland

Adaptive Force Brigade

51st Infantry Brigade is an Adaptive Force Brigade, based in Stirling and is the most senior headquarters in Scotland. It is the formation responsible for the operational command of a combination of Regular and Reserve units in the country and acts as a regional administration HQ for other Regular and Reserve Units who are based in Scotland, but are under the command of Brigades elsewhere.



On 31 March 2014, it was renamed 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland, and transformed from a Regional to an Adaptive Force Brigade as part of the Army 2020 reorganisation.

Today, the Brigade is a part of 1st (United Kingdom) Division and is the largest of the British Army's Adaptive Force Brigades. Its responsibilities include preparing units for operations, providing regional support for resilience and community engagement, and Defence Engagement in the Arabian Gulf.

It maintains close links with the Gulf region, with regular exchange programmes and units regularly taking part in multinational exercises with partnered countries, which take place both here in the UK and in the Gulf.


Headquarters Scotland

As Headquarters Scotland the Brigade looks after all Army units in Scotland and is responsible for providing logistic and administrative support, engagement with employers, communities, and society, and to maintain the Firm Base support for all Regular, Reserve and Army Cadet Force units in Scotland as well as four University Officer Training Corps.

It also maintains strong links with local government, emergency services and the community to provide resilience in times of need.

In 2014 the Brigade HQ commanded all troops deployed on Op COMET, the UK military contribution to support the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It leads on military Defence Engagement with the Arabian peninsula.



Recent operational deployments by 51 Brigade units, both Regular and Reserve, include:

  • Operation TORAL – Force Protection support to the NATO Training and Monitoring Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Operation Shader – the UK mission in the Middle East against Daesh
  • Operation Tosca – support to the UN mission in Cyprus
  • Operation Trenton – support to the UN mission in South Sudan.


Brigade and Affiliated Units

  • The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

    Headquarters, Edinburgh Castle

  • The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry

    Redford Barracks, Edinburgh

  • 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Glencorse Barracks, Penicuik

  • 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Fort George, Inverness

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

    Redford Barracks, Edinburgh

  • 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Walcheren Barracks, Glasgow

  • 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Queen's Barracks, Perth

  • 105 Regiment RA

    Headquarters, Edinburgh

  • 32 Signal Regiment

    Headquarters, Glasgow

  • 39 Engineer Regiment

    Headquarters, Kinloss Barracks

  • 71 Engineer Regiment

    Leuchars Station, Fife

  • 2 Close Support Battalion REME

    Leuchars Station, Fife

  • 106 Battalion REME

    Headquarter, East Kilbride

  • 154 Regiment RLC

    Headquarters, Dunfermline

  • 5 Military Intelligence Battalion

    Redford Barracks, Edinburgh

  • 3 RIFLES

    Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh

  • 205 Field Hospital

    Headquarters, Glasgow

  • 225 Medical Regiment

    Headquarters, Dundee

  • Headquarters

    Forthside Barracks, Stirling

Our People

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Scottish soldiers receive operational medals

HRH The Duke of York KG presented Medals to soldiers and officers of 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 Scots) who took part in Operation Shader in Iraq, 2018.


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 kilted soldiers of 'Balaklava' Company pass a rigorous inspection

Public Duties

The Royal Regiment of Scotland passed fit for London public duties

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