The sport still isn’t as popular as Paintball over here but it sure is catching up. Those who do play are a group of dedicated players who take the sport very seriously. Scotland has some of the best areas to play in the UK including indoor and outdoor fields.
For those that don’t know what Airsoft is – It’s really similar to Paintball. It is a bit more tactical that Paintball though, the guns, clothing etc are all realistic and the games are more serious. There isn’t really any age restrictions to play Airsoft but we don’t recommend anyone under 12 playing. Any ages between 12 and 16 should be accompanied by an Adult too.
The sale of airsoft guns is restricted in the UK though. If you’re under the age of 18 you can’t buy them and if you are over the age of 18 you will want a Ukara Membership.
Being shot does nip a little and can break the skin so just keep that in mind. Everyone should have eye protection and anyone under the age of 18 should have full face protection.
If you don’t own anything most sites offer a hire package where you can rent the guns and everything needed.
The guns work like the real thing, you load ammunition into the magazine, place the magazine in the gun and once you turn your safety off you’ll be good to go! You’ll pick tactics up the more you play, it depends on how serious your site is. Some sites play with Mil-Sim tactics which stands for Military simulation – so as you can imagine they take it very seriously. Everything has to be realistic – from the size of your magazine to clothing. Other sites are a lot more relaxed and either way the more you play the more experienced players will show you the ropes – we all want more players in this sport. A lot of players are ex or military too – so you’ll learn a thing or two.
Nomad In Ayrshire
This woodland field is some size and only 25 minutes away from Glasgow. Its also really close to Ayr and Kilmarnock.
Nomad Depot – CQB – Glasgow
This Close Quarter Battle Site is located in the centre of Glasgow. Near Hampden Stadium. The site is 210,000 square feet and is the biggest indoor Airsoft venue you will find in Scotland. Its very easy to access too.
The venue was set up in 2013 by an experienced team of operators.
There is a strict booking system with this Airsoft venue though – you have to book 24 hours before the event.
They also have a strict rules so make sure to double check their site! It is a very team and community driven site – one of the best I’ve played at.
The Fortress has an indoor arena and an outdoor woodland one. A very good site! The woodland area is over 80 acres and you’ll be sure to have a good time. They take safety of their players very seriously and enforce their rules. Theirs no messing about here.
Plenty of places to play in Scotland, its a great sport – Give it a bash!