What to pack for Scotland

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    Taken on horse back near Salen
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    Cloudy day over Edinburgh
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    Be Prepared for Downpours!

    by King_Golo Written Sep 17, 2012

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Scotland is well-known for its completely unpredictable weather. The only prediction you can make is that it will rain some time (normally quite soon). However, most people come to Scotland to enjoy the great outdoors, and it is therefore essential that you come prepared. Whatever you want to do, if you go out, take a raincoat, some sturdy and waterproof boots and some overtrousers with you. Should the rain be persistent, you'll probably get wet anyway, but it's no fun being soaked after five minutes when you know that you'll have to hike another 10 miles! A good place to stock up on outdoor clothing in general is Fort William, the self-proclaimed "Outdoor Capital" of the UK. The town's High Street is basically a long row of outdoor shops.

    A Very Rainy Day on the Applecross Peninsula

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    Umbrella or you may get a shower or two!

    by Mccleanr56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Small bag suitable for basic necessites if hill walking or activities outdoors.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Warm jacket for winter and waterproof coat all year round - you never know what the weather will be like!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: just the basics but you can easily get anything you need over here!

    Photo Equipment: plenty of film or memory cards and batteries as certain types may be hard to get over here!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring insect reppellant and sandals or sea socks for the beach if you plan to paddle. The midges get bad in the summer when you are camping! Trust me I know! waking up being eating aliv eby midges is not good!

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    For the Not-So-Electrical Savvy

    by christylac Updated Jan 9, 2011

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For those from the U.S. who will travel with your hair dryer, be sure to check your voltage. Simply using a plug adapter will not make a 110 volt hair dryer safe in the 220 volt/50 hertz system used overseas. You would need a voltage converter!

    Our B&B hosts happily supplied a hairdryer when asked and most hotels have them in the room.

    Hair dryer in use at a B&B in Aberfeldy

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    Be prepared for cold and rain

    by GrumpyDiver Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Yes, even in the middle of summer, Scotland's weather needs to be dealt with. Rain gear is a "must have". Even if it seems to be sunny out, the rain can be just around the corner, so something extremely portable (like my poncho in the picture) should be close at hand.

    Be prepared to deal with wind and chilly temperatures!

    Rain poncho over my camera backpack may look silly
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    Winters are cold

    by cleocat Written Mar 25, 2010

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The winters are really cold and wet. Make sure you have enough warm clothing and especially jackets. Woolen socks and thick soled shoes would keep your feet from freezing. Walking in the snow can be tricky but you will soon get the idea.

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    wet weather or transformable clothes

    by featurephoto Written Sep 18, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: if you're bringing something with wheels, hoping to pull your luggage along after you, be sure to only bring luggage with somewhat sturdy or larger wheels. after some time pulling your case on the cobblestone the wheels get quite the beating and many of the travellers in our group lost wheels within the first little while of the trip.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: it is often rainy in scotland, and sometimes it's even just a light mist but it will get into your clothes and shoes so wear some footwear that will repell moisture. i had canvas vans shoes while i was there and found that after a while my feet were often damp from the weather. (and from walking in wet grass). it's good to have a raincoat that's still light enough to carry around if the weather brightens up.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: i'm not sure if this fits in this category, but be sure to keep some change on you. in public places it is quite common to have to pay a small fee to use the toilets. sometimes there are turnsyles which, in an emergence, you could jump over or duck through... but that's only certain ones and i would advise to just pay the change. our group often even payed once and left the turnstyle half was turned so the rest of us could go without having to get more change. we never got in trouble, but i would be careful.

    Photo Equipment: bring lots of film or memory for your digital because the old buildings, castles, ruins and the coast are so gorgeous you will be filling them in no time.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: be prepared for the possibility of rain and moisture.

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    Packing List

    by CandS Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Definately take some very warm clothes and a good rain jacket. We found that umbrellas were useless because the wind blew them inside-out too easily.

    Photo Equipment: Take lots of film or memory cards because you will need it...Scotland is gorgeous! :)

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    by Sprucebeer Written Oct 21, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to bring clothes to layer and a jacket for wind/rain. We were in Scotland in September and got wonderful weather most of the time. The weather changes very quickly, especially if you are traveling form one area to another. It can be very cloudy, looking like rain and you tan your face at the same time. During our trip, it was mainly around 18° Celsius. We got some rain and it got very windy at times, so a windbreaker or raincoat is a good idea. It also got very warm in the afternoons… so dress in layers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In the hotels facecloths are considered personal items. They provide towels but not facecloths.

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    Things you'll need

    by ginte Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I don't know if it's always so, but in July the weather there changed so fast. The sun, rain, sun again, wind, rain, sun, wind, rain, sun... I guess, you know what I mean. So, even if it's summer take a warmer sweater, raincoat or jacket, good shoes.

    Photo Equipment: Be sure you have your PHOTO CAMERA with you. You won't like to miss these wonderful views.

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  • Think Layers

    by amh3855 Written Aug 9, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather is very changeable so it's best to wear layers. Typically I wear a long sleeve t-shirt, wool sweater and waterproof jacket. At some point during the day, you will be down to the t-shirt but the extra layers will feel good when it gets cool again. Also, invested in a Barbour jacket and it was one of the best purchases. I was able to walk around outside in the rain and stay dry. Stayed on the outer deck of the ferry from Skye to Mallaig and was warm and dry the entire trip. Waterproof, comfortable boots as well if you plan on doing any walking as it gets muddy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Buy some linen or aromatherapy spray and use on hotel sheets. It will help you relax and fall asleep, as well as making it seem more like home. Travel candle tins are also nice to have especially if your hotel room has a good bath tub.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film as it is more expensive, especially when you are in a remote area.

    Miscellaneous: A portable cd/mp3 player and small speakers are nice to have for hotel rooms. Most of the time you will not get much on tv and in remote areas, may not get reception at all. It is nice to be able to put on some good music and relax .

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    by ophiro Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Photo Equipment: Beautiful country with amazing landscapes , great castles and architecture.
    You should take a lot of film with your camera or memory card if you have a digital camera.
    I took almost 650 pictures on this trip.

    Blair castle

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    Essential clothing items

    by vyxxyn Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: .

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: - Long black cloak (black seems never out of fashion)

    - water & windproof jacket (if you're going to Glasgow, see my Warning & Danger tip for Glasgow).

    easy to find these items around town but good to have on hand when you step out of the airport cos it rains most of the time.

    Umbrellas are not appropriate cos the strong winds often flip them inside out.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A set of waterproofs and water-resistant hiking shoes with good outsole grip.
    Handy flashlight.

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    Wrap up warm!

    by joolssss Written Mar 8, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: its a good idea to take walking boots and / or wellies! Scotland has high rainfall all year round! Also take at least a waterproof mac! If going in the winter, take as much warm cothing as you can pack, includinghats and gloves, there's always a biting breze!

    trying to keep warm
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    Believe what they say about the weather

    by Pandora3113 Written Dec 27, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I throughly recommend a fleece pullover/sweater of some sort as well as a rain jacket. I bought a particularly nice one before I left that compacted into it's pocket so it didn't take up too much room.

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    by DOUGALSMUM Written Oct 4, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When it rains in Scotland (which seems to be most of the time), it really does rain-so make sure that you take good waterproofs , spare boots, and plenty of clothes to change into, oh and dont forget the spare towls for drying down muddy little dogs!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: blister plasters!

    Photo Equipment: lots of film/memory cards to take lots of photos of the great scenery

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: swimwear

    Miscellaneous: If you are staying self catering take some bits and pieces to make your first meal as it may be quite a drive to the nearest supermarket.
    Also , if you are staying selfcatering take some wild bird food- its great to watch all the birds come in to feed.

    bird feeding on the picnic table
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