With its diverse landscape, the Highlands of Scotland offers so much variety for walkers. You might prefer a loch-side stroll or forset hike. Perhaps you enjoy blowing the cobwebs away with a walk on the beach or would you rather conquer a mighty mountain? Whatever your preference you can guarantee that a walking holiday in Scotland will satisfy the most discerning of ramblers!
With Scotland’s changeable weather it can be a challenge to decide what to pack for your walking holiday. But at Bearnock we have you covered, read on for our quick guide.
Walking Holiday in Scotland – What to Pack:
There’s a popular saying in Scotland… ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes.’ It’s true; the weather can be changeable. So, when you’re packing for your walking holiday in Scotland the most important thing is to cover all eventualities!
These boots were made for walking:
A good pair of walking boots or shoes are essential for your hikes in the Highlands. Even along the designated pathways terrain can be rough, with loose stones and shingle. Do make sure you have broken your boots in before your holiday begins, and don’t forget socks are important too! You can have the most comfortable boots in the world, but if your socks aren’t made for walking, things could get uncomfortable… And smelly! Avoid cotton and buy socks that have moisture-wicking capabilities.
When it comes to clothing, you’ll need to layer up. It’s not unusual to have four seasons in one day in Scotland. So choose light base layers made from merino wool, microfleece tops, heavier-weight fleece for top-layers. Finally, outer layers should be waterproof and breathable. Look for good quality Gore-Tex jackets for full protection from the elements.
If you’re planning on more than a loch-side stroll, then think about investing in clothing made for the job in hand. Jeans can be pretty uncomfortable for serious walking!
Protect your extremities:
Hats and gloves are essential. Even in spring and summer, you might want to pop these in your pack.
Steps need sustenance:
A good day hike always includes a lunch-stop. Don’t forget to pack your water bottle, thermos and lunchbox. The kitchens at Bearnock Lodge are very well equipped. So, if you do forget your picnic equipment a quick scoot around the Bearnock cupboards could save your bacon (sandwiches)!
Remember to pack your pack… A daypack for jolly jaunts, or a more substantial pack if you’re planning something more adventurous. Some people swear by walking poles, so if you’re a fan, these could be useful. It’s easy to rely on mobile phones for guidance, but remember that coverage could be sporadic in the Highlands of Scotland, so backup from old-fashioned tools likes maps and compasses is always a good idea.
If you’re planning a walking holiday in Scotland with your friends and family, Bearnock Lodge makes the perfect base from which you can explore the Highlands. Make your booking HERE.