The world of aviation started on November 21st, 1783 with the first hot air balloon designed by the Montgolfier brothers. From then until the first flight in December 1903, the skies had seen hot air balloons and gliders. Orville and Wilbur Wright took 4 painstaking years researching and designing the 120-foot Kitty Hawk, when it took its first flight of 12 seconds! There have been momentous moments in the aviation industry such as the zeppelin and of course Concorde but did you know that Scotland has contributed to the huge success of aviation? Here are the best Scotland attractions for aviation enthusiasts and some events that you should not miss.
Scotland Attractions for Aviation Enthusiasts
Scotland’s National Air Show – East Fortune
One of the most popular events taking place annually in Scotland is Scotland’s National Air Show which takes place at East Fortune. The event is one of the largest, attracting a crowd of over 10,000 people to enjoy some of the world’s most daring and skilled flight displays, including that of the British Red Arrow Display Team. The airfield at East Fortune can be reached in just over an hour by car from Edinburgh. A great day out not just for the enthusiast but something for the whole family to enjoy. If visiting outwith the Air Show don’t miss the wealth of information at the National Museum Of Flight. There are a number of aircraft to explore including a Concorde experience, hands on educational fun, alongside visual and audio displays.
Swiss Air Force PC-7
This years event was as popular as ever with incredible numbers visiting the air show and museum, It was also the first display in Scotland from the Swiss Air Force PC-7. The synchronised music display was both thrilling and fun to watch.
Inside The Hangers – East Fortune
As well as the Concorde experience there was also a number of additional displays and family fun entertainment to enjoy at this year’s National Air Show. Also don’t miss the new permanent exhibitions in the WW2 hangers revealed earlier this year.
Smooth Landing in Moffat
While visiting Edinburgh why not travel further south west to the county of Dumfries and Galloway. In the quiet town of Moffat you can see this full scale exact replica MK 1X Supermarine Spitfire PT462 at the bottom of a garden. There is also the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum.
Scottish International Air Show – Ayr
The Scottish International Air Show is Scotland’s largest free air show, attracting 120,000 along Ayr’s promenade. This year sees the return of the Red Arrows Display Team as well as much much more. For the first time there will also be evening pyrotechnics!
If traveling up to the Scottish Highlands you might also like to visit the Highland Aviation Museum, located in Inverness.
There is a number of accommodation options available in all locations mentioned, from cosy bed and breakfasts to country lodges. To make the most of your trip and for ease of accessibility to the above mentioned locations, I would recommend a car. If arriving into Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport why not pre-book your car hire and collect immediately upon arrival.
I hope I have inspired you to visit and explore some of these Scotland attractions for aviation enthusiasts and learn about the country’s aviation history. Happy Travels:) x