Welcome to International Rocket Week 2014 (IRW 2014),
Monday 18th to Monday 25th August.
The 29th Annual Rocket Flying Event in Scotland.
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 Braes, 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 long-term Base Camp for the IRW. This is an excellent base of operations. The Camping Field and the domestic facilities at Lapwing Lodge – Toilets, Showers, Dish Washing Area, Laundry, and the Camp Fire Circle, where the traditional IRW Barbeque is held on the Sunday evening, all provide very satisfactory accommodation for the majority of IRW participants (a few stay elsewhere, e.g. local B&B). The Activities Hall at Lapwing Lodge, which is booked for the IRW, provides fully furnished (tables and chairs) and well lit working space, with power supply, as a Rocket Workshop & Prep facility. Malcolm Jennings’ “Rockets & Things” shop is accommodated close to the Activities Hall. This year there is a new Warden at Lapwing Lodge, Ross Dunbar, who took over from James Templeman after he left in October 2013. We had three very good years with James, and he was always most helpful to the IRW, including in 2012 in engineering and transport to assist a major hybrid motor ground test firing. Ross Dunbar is being every bit as helpful to the arrangements for IRW 2014, and this is much appreciated. What might have been the main disadvantage of Lapwing Lodge Base Camp, the 16 mile (26 km) road drive between the Base Camp and the Flying Site (see below) has proved not to be a problem at all. The commute on Main Flying Days between our excellent Base Camp and excellent Flying Site have proved to be acceptable and straightforward. Those who have their own vehicles have been very helpful in giving lifts to those who do not have their own transport. For all these reasons the Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre will be the Base Camp for IRW 2014. For further details and Directions please go the "BASE CAMP" category on the Menu.