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Also known as: Kinross
County: Perth and Kinross
Current Status: Aviation
Date: Opened 23 June 1957
Current Use: Active
Used By: Civil
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: General aviation

Portmoak, on the shore of Loch Leven, has been home to the Scottish Gliding Union, later the Scottish Gliding Centre, since its opening in 1957. The Scottish Gliding Union was formed when a number of small gliding clubs merged, becoming a limited company in 1938.

The first gliding under this name was carried out from the Lomond Hills in Fife, with a base being established at East Feal Farm near Leslie before the Second World War. After the war, in 1946, soaring restarted using the airfield at Balado Bridge before that site was returned to military use in 1957 in a non-flying capacity as a satellite ground station. The need for a new site therefore led to the acquisition of land at Portmoak Farm that year, where a hangar and clubhouse were built. The opportunity to buy the remainder of the farm was taken up in 1967, expanding the airfield significantly.

Portmoak’s location gives easy access for ridge soaring using both Bishop and Benarty hills, in a variety of wind directions. Gliders are launched both by winch and aerotow. The club holds a number of records for both speed and distance and is the largest gliding club in Scotland.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Portmoak Community Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • Edinburgh University GC
  • Scottish Gliding Union

A K8 glider landing at Portmoak, 11 February 1986.


Aerial view centred on the airfield, taken from the east-south-east, 1 April 2009. © Crown Copyright: HES. Licensor


Aerial view centred on the airfield, taken from the north, 8 April 2011. © Crown Copyright: HES. Licensor


Aerial view centred on the airfield, taken from the south-east, 12 April 2011. © Crown Copyright: HES. Licensor


Aerial view centred on the airfield, taken from the south-south-east, 12 April 2011. © Crown Copyright: HES. Licensor


The clubhouse and car park at Portmoak, 15 June 2013.


A glider at Portmoak with Bishop Hill in the background, 16 June 2013.


Schleicher ASK 21 glider at Portmoak, 3 August 2017.


Looking approximately north-west across the airfield, 3 August 2017.

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