Kinloss (RAF)

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City Kinloss
Position 57°38'58"N 003°33'38"W
Runway(s) 08/26
Elevation 22 ft


Very close to RAF Lossiemouth, is another RAF base: Kinloss. RAF Kinloss used to be home to RAF's Maritime Reconnaissance Wing (MRW) with Nimrod MR2 aircraft. However after decommissioning af these aircraft with no replace, RAF Kinloss will therefore no longer be required as a Main Operating Base and will close as an RAF unit. Routine flying operations at Kinloss ceased on 31 July 2011. However, there remains a current defence requirement for the airfield to act as a Relief Landing Ground (Emergency) for RAF Lossiemouth GR4 aircraft. The airfield continues to be used by the Moray Flying Club and No 663 VGS. Due to the disappointing spotting conditions and long waiting hours at Kinloss, most spotters tend to tend to stay at Lossiemouth and drive to Kinloss whenever something arrives.


The airport has a west-east orientated runway. Runway 26 is mostly used. South of the runway and northeast of the runway are two Loops, large aprons on a circular taxi track. However, due to the presence of a large forest, it is impossible to have a look onto the aprons. The large apron to the north is used for the visitors.

Getting There

RAF Kinloss is located in the north of the United Kingdom. Travelling from Glasgow/Edinburgh/Prestwick, take the A9 up north to the A95 onto the A939 and A940 towards Forres. In Forres, take the B9089 towards Kinloss. Travelling from Aberdeen, take the A96 towards Forres and then proceed towards Kinloss via the B9089.

Around the Airport

1West side approach - 1

Spot 1 is the best spot at RAF Kinloss. There is ample space to park your car at the viewing area, overlooking Findhorn Bay. You will have a view of the visitor's ramps with your spotting scope, while you will also be able to walk down to spot 2. The location of Spot 1 is on the B9011 from Kinloss to Findhorn.

2West side approach - 2

At spot 2, located on the B9011, there is no place to park your car. Do park it at spot 1 and walk south from there. Conditions are great here, with the aircraft flying low for landing and with the sun in your back. There is also a viewing shelter at the non-airport side of this busy road.

3East side approach

This spot is next to impossible. The road indicated on the map is now barred off and is impassable to vehicles. It used to be the road up to the Fire Dump. To reach spot 3, expect a very muddy walk. Photo conditions are very good and you will have a view of the northerly ramp. You will have to park your car in Muirhead, located on the B9089.

4Crash gate

After passing the village of Woodside, on the B9089, just before the start of the forest, there is a crash gate to the left, with a small road leading to it. From here, you will have a restricted view of the ramps. Beware that the villagers of Woodside do not like it when you park here or in their village.

Between spot 1 and spot 2, there are ample photo opportunities as shown here by Robbert Snijders

Even at the end of runway 26, impressive pictures can be made, once again shown by Robbert Snijders.


235.025 / 257.800Tower
234.875 / 362.300Approach
308.850 / 119.350Director


XV240/40Nimrod MR2, preserved at gate

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