Gliding Club

Ever wanted to soar amongst the clouds with birds of prey and views stretching from as far as the Forth Bridge to the Cairngorms?

Edinburgh University Gliding Club (EUGC) is currently one of the top University Gliding Clubs in the UK, and amongst the best equipped. Your instructors will take you from a complete beginner to flying at national competitions before you can say, “I’ve graduated”! And the best part - learning to fly is cheaper than learning to drive!

Weather permitting, EUGC aim to fly every weekend at the Scottish Gliding Centre at Portmoak, near the beautiful scenery of Loch Leven. When you are not learning to glide, you can go on trips or compete in competitions at other airfields around the UK.

Get me gliding

By working in partnership with the Scottish Gliding Centre, we give you:
•    Preferential flying rates
•    Flight simulator training
•    Flying all year round
•    Training by qualified instructors
•    Workshops and training events/courses e.g. aerobatics course


•    £85 membership fee includes your trial flight and a year's membership
•    £11 per launch
•    20p per minute in the air

Which equates to:
•    £23 for one hour
•    £35 for two hours


Scholarships are available from The British Gliding Association 

Who can join?

If you are not a student at the University of Edinburgh or you are Alumni please use the contact button above before buying membership to check if you can be accepted into the club. 

Refunds are offered at the discretion of the club, and only under special circumstances.


Gliding Levels

Solo flying

Qualified instructors will teach you
•    practical airtime and simulator training
•    theoretical ground school training
•    support, guidance and advice
•    the skills to go solo
You can then opt to get your Cross Country Endorsement so you can sailplane away into the distance at your very whim...

Bronze, Silver, Gold & Diamond badges

Each of these badges has an increasing level of skill and determination to achieve in the elements of

•    Height
•    Distance
•    Duration

Learn to be an Instructor

You will need to
•    Achieve your silver badge
•    Build up your flying time
•    Have a chat with current instructors

We look forward to meeting you at your trial flight!!


Donations and Sponsorship


Do you remember the sense of camaraderie, passion and excitement from your gliding days with EUGC? Your support can help current and future members of your club to take their performance to the next level.

Donate to Edinburgh University Gliding Club:

Regular Donation 

Single Donation 

Leave a legacy

If you would like to remember EUGC in your will, use the contact button above and we will be in touch.


Our Club Values:

  • Safety
  • Enjoyment
  • Development
  • Community

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Should an individual require a refund – this can only be done by the club you have joined in cash or cheque (at their own discretion). The Sports Union Membership cannot be refunded, and neither can the transaction fee.

You may be eligible for financial assistance to help you take part in sport. You can find more information about the University's Participation Grant and other hardship funds here.


  • Full Year New Member (including Trial Flight Lesson)£85.00
  • Associate Instructor Member (Permission Only)£35.00
  • Full Year Returning Member£40.00
  • Alumni Membership (1st Year Post-Degree Only)£60.00
  • Trial Flight Deluxe Membership£200.00
  • Learn to Fly Bundle Membership£400.00