Where We Are
The Scottish Gliding Centre is located at Portmoak Airfield on the east shore of Loch Leven about 5 miles east of Glenrothes, 4 miles west of Kinross and roughly half-way between Edinburgh and Dundee in Scotland. Its postal address is:
The Scottish Gliding Centre,
Near Kinross, KY13 9JJ
Telephone: 01592 840543 (answer phone out of hours).
OS Reference - x = 318062, y = 700388
Latitude (WGS84) - N 56:11:21 (56.189038)
Longtitude (WGS84) - W 3:19:19 (-3.321831)
(Full contact details here.)
View map of our location on multimap.com.
From north or south on the M90, exit and turn east at junction 5. At the T-junction, turn left then first right in about 200 yards and follow the tourist signs (brown and white) for "The Scottish Gliding Centre". This takes you along the B9097, skirting the south side of Loch Leven, then the B920 towards Scotlandwell village. You will find the club entrance with this signboard on the left approximately one mile before the village.
For more local visitors the A911 Glenrothes-Milnathort passes through Scotlandwell - turn south for about 1 mile at its junction with the B920 and the club is on the right.
The most convenient railway station is Inverkeithing on the main
Edinburgh-Aberdeen line which is about a 20-minute taxi journey away and
has a frequent train service. A larger town at about the same distance is
Dunfermline which has more facilities and is on a local branch line with a
less (though still fairly) frequent train service.
Click the map for a large-scale diagram of the Scottish (Scotrail) network.
If you plan to arrive at Portmoak by air be aware that this is a busy site with a large number of glider movements flying generally unrestricted circuits every day year-round from both winch and aerotow launches. Advance notice of arrival is preferred but not required. The preferred runway for power aircraft is the north field which is a fairly level east-west grass strip of about 850 meters with a slight slope up from east to west in the westmost 100 metres (outlined red on the right of the photograph). Aerotowing frequently uses this strip and there may be parked gliders. During gliding activity radio frequency 129.975MHz is used for air to ground communication and 131.10MHz is listened on. When there is no gliding activity it is unlikely that radio will be monitored. During approach, be alert for gliders or tug in circuit and landing especially when approaching from the east as the nearest ridge is only about half a mile away to the north and gliders may make an unexpected low cross-field approach. In the interests of good neighbourliness please be aware that there is a riding stable offering riding tuition located immediately to the east of this runway. Click here for a plan sketch of Portmoak airfield. Be aware that areas marked as 'rough' or 'do not land' are unsuitable for power aircraft, especially nosewheel types, to land or taxi and may have large bumps and/or rabbit holes hidden by the grass.