Bring your umbrella or rain jacket - it will rain during your visit - that's a promise!
Wool is the best thing to wear to keep the damp away from you.
Bring nice warm sweaters - it gets chilly in the evenings no matter what the season.
SHOES - On Cobblestone
Unless you don't mind breaking your ankles don't wear high heeled boots or shoes in Old Town...that is unless you know how to walk on cobblestone.
If you're like me and refuse to hem pants - thus having no choice but to wear a shoe with a heel - just make sure that your heals have rubber on the bottom of them to grip the stones.
How do I know this? I wore inappropriate footwear with hard leather soled heels the last time I went to Edinburgh. Regrettably, every time I crossed a cobblestone street I would inadvertently launch into a terrifying performance of "Riverdance meets the Highland Fling on Busy Street". Arms and legs flailing about - like a spastic marionette!
It wasn't pretty - don't let this happen to you.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Ahem...ladies...if you like internal feminine protection with an applicator - bring it with you. They must have them with applicators in Scotland but twice I've been visited by Aunt Martha while visiting Scotland and both times I couldn't find any at all.
Was that subtle enough ladies?
Photo Equipment: If you're taking pictures in Scotland - don't get cheap film. Some days everything is gray and overcast - you want a good film that will pick up the subtle colours in stonework etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to take plenty of warm clothes when going to Edinburgh. Even if the sun is shining, the wind can be cool. And always take an umbrella or a raincoat with you, especially if you go out for a long day!
Luggage and bags:
Is there any way I can pack more days into my trip?Well, I ran out of pic room, so I used this space.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Defintely a umbrella would be a useful thing to bring to Scotland. I went in June and it rained a littel bit.
If you come from Vancouver or Seattle you will feel at home it can rain in Edinburgh. We tell the visitors 'If you don't like the weather wait five minutes' The wind comes from the west and travels east. Edinburgh gets very little snow, it tends to fall just short of the city. Winter it can fall as low as 0c 32f.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy it here if need be.
Photo Equipment: We have what you need. Jessups west end of Princes street in Shanwick Place is the best photo shop.
Here is why you need lots of film The Tattoo
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Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We swim indoors here.OK OK sometimes the sun shines just don't count on it.
Miscellaneous: Buy duty free before coming it will be cheaper.
Make sure you have a jacket with you as it gets quite chilly in the evening, even in august. Also, ensure that your jacket is either waterproof or you have an umbrella you don't mind toting around all day as the odds are, you're going to get rained on sometime during the day. It won't be all day and it won't be at the same time during the day, so just expect it and be prepared to duck in to the nearest pub when it happens!
Photo Equipment: Bring LOTS of film! There is a slice of history waiting around many corners and you don't want to be out of film when you turn it!
A note from the Tattoo:
Suggested film - ASA 400. Balanced for Tungsten if possible
Suggested setting - 1/30th of a second, f2.8
And a camera with interchangeable lenses to get those close up shots!!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: These flowers really stood out to me because they are so brilliant and most of my stay in Edinburgh the clouds were gray. Bring raingear and expect to wear it at least half the time. Try not to have a big umbrella, it will get in the way while you are walking.
Luggage and bags:
it's a bit chilly in scotland so pack up warm clothing and also it doesn't rain as often as people might think it's a good idea to carry raincoats at all time when you're in the countryside.
but remember a pub is never far away to get warmed up!
Luggage and bags:
The usual travel gear - just make sure that you put locks on your bags.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for rain and heavy walking.
Summer - Have a light sweater ready, it can get a little chilly.
Autumn - Bring a medium sweater and light jacket.
Winter - Bring a heavy sweater, a medium jacket and be prepared for wild temperature changes.
Spring - Medium sweater and light jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can purchase everything you need in Boots.
Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film - the prices here are outrageous.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Ever see people sunbathing in the rain on a chilly and windy day? No? Then go to the beach here!
Miscellaneous: Crime does exist here just like any large city, so just keep your wits about you.
Umberella (no matter what season you are coming in).
Comfortable shoes - Edinburgh is one big hill and you will be doing alot of walking!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hangover remedies!!!!!!!
Photo Equipment: You can get everything you need here but do invest in lots of film!!!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If camping bring insect replellent. We have a tiny little fly called a midge (midgie) which bites and itches.
Pack a fleece - always handy for the ever changing weather. Some trainers or trail shoes for walking up Arthur's Seat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Boots and Superdrug (both on Princes street) will supply anything you forgot to bring.
Photo Equipment: Jessops in Edinburgh has everything you need.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring decent boots if you plan on walking in the Highlands. Good outdoor shops are Tiso (Rose Street and Leith) or New Heights (Lothian Road).
Miscellaneous: Bring a good camera, take lots of pictures - it's a very photogenic city.
Luggage and bags:
I'm a light packer, which can be very nice when carrying all my things throughout the world. However, I wished I had brought more sweaters to Ed. It was really cold.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I like to wear tights under my jeans, and I'm glad I did.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: BandAids for your feet, lotion for your dry skin, Febreeze for the smelly smoke in clubs....ugh.
Photo Equipment: The film is very expensive all over the UK, and they only sell 200 speed. Buy it at home and save money. Batteries too.
I don't know if the weather was just unusual during my three days there but you really passed from a very warm sunny weather to a downpour of water and so cold to need a wollen sweater, to go back to the warm of before in less than half an hour, indeed!
So be ready to sudden showers, bring a sweater with you but something light under it.
Luggage and bags:
Take care of Mosquitos !!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's a wonderful country... rainny sure!
but Scotland wouldn't be Scotland without rain !
So umbrellas, rain clothes.. ;o)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are mosquitos so take cream...whatever in order to protect !
Photo Equipment: It could be sunny, but Scotland is often rainny and grey so don't forget for your cameras suitable films.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: GUESTHOUSE : BETTER WAY TO sleep. It's easy to find, there are so much and not expensive...
Miscellaneous: This won't apply to most of you, but just make sure you can get money. I rely a lot on my cashcard and even though I don't live far from Scotland, most cash machines didn't accept my card! I found out though that Clydesdale Bank is the same company as the Northern Bank in N.Ireland and they had cash machines in most parts of Edinburgh so I managed, thank goodness!
Definitely: umbrella and raincoat. It rains often and unexpectedly (however, you should always expect rain in Scotland: you won't be disappointed).
Rain is not a big problem though, as it is so natural for this land and adds more mystery to it.
Warm sweatshirt and gloves will also come in handy. Proper clothing is very important, as I caught a cold because it seemed to me that it was warm. But it was wet and windy, and that was the problem.
In winter it can even snow. In summer it must be warm and even hot.