One Day Introduction to Gliding


A full day immersion in gliding.  Providing an understanding of how to control the glider and a fantastic introduction for potential new members. Available Monday & Wednesday & Thursday all year.

A Mini Course is aimed at absolute beginners so no previous knowledge or experience is required. As the emphasis is on flying, the course fee covers as much flying as you can fit into the day.

People of all ages from schoolchildren to retired routinely take up this exhilarating sport. You do not need to be particularly athletic or super-fit; anyone in a reasonable state of health can fly a glider. The sport is equally suitable for both sexes.

At the end of the course you will have a thorough appreciation of what you need to learn to fly a glider and you will be able to discuss with your instructor how much flying you are likely to need to go solo.


Please read these fully and carefully. If you are uncertain about any point or want to discuss things first, please contact the office.

  • All flights are at the discretion of the instructor on the day
  • All flights begin and end at Portmoak airfield
  • All flights are subject to the weather and cloud base on the day
  • Vouchers are valid for one year after purchase, and cannot be refunded or transferred
  • Weather can affect the ability for flights to take place.  If this happens we can rearrange the Flight Experience
  • Legal Airspace restrictions mean that there are limits on where we can fly
  • We cannot fly anyone who weighs less than 45kg (7 stone), or more than 102kg(16 stone)
  • Persons under 1.52m (5') or over 1.88m (6’ 2”) will probably not fit into a glider

Flight Experiences

For anyone who thinks that they might like to take up gliding, or looking for a thrilling day out, or as an unusual gift, or for the merely curious, an Flight Experience is an ideal introduction to this exhilarating sport.

In common with many other gliding clubs belonging to the British Gliding Association, we offer members of the public the chance of experiencing the thrill of silent flight at first hand.

All Flight Experiences take place in one of our rugged, modern, dual-control two-seat training gliders with an experienced, British Gliding Association (BGA) qualified instructor.

Depending on the weather you might experience hill lift, soar in thermals, fly in “wave” or simply float down from an aerotow (up to about 2,500 feet). Either way it is the experience of a lifetime floating quietly and effortlessly above some of Scotland’s most spectacular countryside. From a typical aerotow you can see the local hills, the Ochils and Loch Leven.  You can often see across the Forth and Tay, and sometimes as far as the Grampians.

If you decide you want to take up gliding, we can upgrade your Flight Experience to a Learn to Glide package – contact the office for details.

Flight Experiences are available during some evenings during the summer months (start of April to the end of August). Other times are sometimes possible. Contact the office for more details.

Buying a Voucher

Please note:

  • We cannot fly anyone who weighs less than 45kg (7 stone), or more than 102kg(16 stone)
  • Persons under 1.52m (5′) or over 1.88m (6’ 2”) will probably not fit into a glider

Before buying a voucher please check our full terms & conditions.

You can buy a voucher online, or alternatively you can purchase a  voucher by post.  To do that, please send your cheque made out to ‘The Scottish Gliding Centre’ to:-

The Scottish Gliding Centre
Portmoak Airfield
KY13 9JJ

Please include the name of the person for whom the voucher is being purchased, and the name and address to which it is to be sent.