Welcome to International Rocket Week 2016 (IRW 2016)

Monday 22nd to Monday 29th August

The 31st Annual Rocket Flying Event in Scotland



IRW 2016 will be the 30th Anniversary event of the unbroken series of annual rocketry events held in Scotland which started with the first Scottish Rocket Week held in August 1986.


Scottish Rocket Weekend ~ 1986 to 1991

International Rocket Weekend ~ 1992 to 1997

International Rocket Week ~ 1998 to 2016, so far......


There will be more about the history of the IRW posted on-line in due course. Publication of that will be notified on the IRW 2016 Facebook page at ~



The annual International Rocket Week is an event for Model, High Power, and Amateur rocketry – building, flying, discussing, enjoying – for and by rocketeers and rocketry followers of all ages. The IRW encompasses Open, Competition, and Experimental/Research flying.


Base Camp at the Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre, near Paisley.


Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre, located on Gleniffer Road, above the town of Paisley (home of the Paisley Rocketeers’ Society, 1936 to 2005), is now, since our first year there in 2011, firmly established as the new long-term Base Camp for the IRW. This is an excellent base of operations. Lapwing Lodge provides two forms of accommodation. One is the Camping Field and the Camping related domestic facilities at Lapwing Lodge – Toilets, Showers, Dish Washing Area. The other is the Indoor Accommodation at Lapwing, with its own Toilets and Showers, along with fully equipped self-catering Kitchen facilities. There is also a Laundry facility. All this provides very satisfactory accommodation for the majority of IRW participants (a few sometimes stay elsewhere, e.g. local B&B and hotel accommodation). Full details of the Camping and Indoor Accommodation can be found on the BASE CAMP page. 


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