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‚Äôs 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. 

Branch Activities

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

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