The Scottish Branch
The original Scottish Branch dated back in the 1970s and was based in
the old Leith Nautical College in Edinburgh. This foundered around 1980
when the college moved out of Edinburgh.
Scottish enthusiasts with an interest in both marine and air
navigation, under the able leadership of Nigel Gardner, revived the
branch the in late 1990s. The Scottish membership then was around 150,
and has grown to around 175 today. As such, it is one of the RIN's busier Branches.
The aim of the Scottish Branch resurrection was to provide a forum to appeal to all Scottish members, to provide an insight into other people’s fields of interest and
perhaps most importantly to provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people. The emphasis has been on providing a broad spectrum
of topics to satisfy both professional and amateur navigators, be they
in the fields of aviation, marine, or terrestrial navigation, and to
expand knowledge of the associated technologies and techniques of maps,
charts, GPS, and other Aids to Navigation.
The Scottish Branch runs a series of approximately four meetings
each winter between October and April to cater for the wide-ranging
interests of the members and their guests. Within that programme there
is usually one meeting devoted to a sailing topic and one to aviation.
Visits to places of navigational interest are also arranged when the
opportunity arises. Meetings are generally held near Edinburgh on a
mid-week evening and are preceded by a bar supper, which provides a
comfortable and relaxed environment for the introduction of guests and
for members to discuss navigational and other matters. To get involved with the Scottish Branch, contact Scotsec@rin.org.uk.