Scotland What to Pack

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    Taken on horse back near Salen
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    Cloudy day over Edinburgh
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    Abbey Ruins
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Scotland What to Pack

  • Combined Suggestions

    Edinburgh What to Pack

    We were greeted, on leaving the train at Edinburgh, with a very cold wind, and we all did our best to pull jackets or sweaters from our luggage. (This was in May.) The weather was very crazy there. It was at different times cloudy, sunny, cloudy & raining, sunny & raining, very windy, chilly yet sunny, and even hailing...and that was all in the...

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  • WEATHER

    Glasgow What to Pack

    The summer in Glasgow can be warm, but showers are a normal occurrence. So bring suitable lightweight waterproof clothing. Winter is very cold and yes more rain! So warm n waterproof is needed. There is a lot of beautiful architecture and natural aesthetic beauty in Glasgow and surrounding countryside. Bring a good camera ...even better is a...

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  • Clothing - Winter

    Edinburgh What to Pack

    Edinburgh on New Year's Eve was one of the coldest nights I've experienced, and that was not due to lack of clothing. I was layered up in pretty much every clothing item I had packed, including huge fleece lined water- and wind-proof ski jacket, and I was still frozen. So my message is to never underestimate how cold it can be.

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  • Photography

    Glasgow What to Pack

    Resort Yeap. You should take a camera of some sort and other equipment (film perhaps) with you to catch the beauty of Scotland. Scotland has many beautiful sites to catch on film and to admire them later.

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  • Shoes

    Edinburgh What to Pack

    A small back pack would be useful for drinks & snacks on the go As I said good & comfortable walking shoes = Edinburgh is a great City for walking In summer a light rain jacket which can be packed away or quickly retreved in preperation of a quick rain shower None required you can buy anything you need in local shops/chemists, but if you are on...

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  • Maps

    Edinburgh What to Pack

    Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson tells the story of Bryson's last trip around Britain before moving back to the States after almost 20 years on the British island. The book is packed with interesting and funny stories about travelling as it really happens. By reading the book you get a nice insight into the life of the British people and...

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  • Rain Gear

    Edinburgh What to Pack

    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.

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  • Backpack

    Edinburgh What to Pack

    Backpack (don't fill completely - leave room for stuff/items you pick up along the way) Comfortable shoes (like sneakers) An umbrella Dress in layers Bottle of water and something to snack on Believe me - wandering around you'll lose track of the time, so it's always good to have some food with you.

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  • Be Prepared for Downpours!

    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...

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  • Umbrella or you may get a shower or two!

    Small bag suitable for basic necessites if hill walking or activities outdoors. Warm jacket for winter and waterproof coat all year round - you never know what the weather will be like! just the basics but you can easily get anything you need over here! plenty of film or memory cards and batteries as certain types may be hard to get over...

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  • For the Not-So-Electrical Savvy

    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.

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  • Be prepared for cold and rain

    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!

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  • Winters are cold

    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

    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. it is often...

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  • Packing List

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

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  • Jacket

    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...

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  • Things you'll need

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

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  • Think Layers

    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...

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  • Film

    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.

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  • Weather

    Scotland most of the time is cloudy although when we came it was sunny.take good coat with you because it can rain for no reason and umbrella.

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  • Essential clothing items

    . - 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...

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  • Wrap up warm!

    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!

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  • Believe what they say about the weather

    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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  • TAKE WATERPROOFS!

    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!! blister plasters! lots of film/memory cards to take lots of photos of the great...

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  • Rain and shine...

    Unfortunately whenever you go to Scotland, you have to pack for the possibility for rain or for the summer. Last time I was there (Aug), it was blazing hot one day and then the next... it was as if we were in a tropical rain forest. Bring lots of money. Scotland is expensive.

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  • Mossie Repellent

    Huge ammounts of Film. Well, you can get it here aplenty, but a good camera is a must. Scotland has amazing and unique light, which added to the fact that it is one of the most beautiful places on earth, give you untold oppportunities for happy snapping Just bring all and any kind of bug repllent + a tube of antispetic. Scotlands unique brand of...

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  • Four Seasons in One Day! Ever Changing...

    Think practical. The Scots are not very fashion conscious. They like function over form.Backpacks, or similar, are common place and versitile, and even in smart hotels are often seen. Clothing for "horizontal rain" is very useful. Umbrellas rarely so, due to winds. Rain is likely to be intermittent, so wear something that can be easily taken off /...

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  • Climate

    Average spring temperatures: 42-59 F and 8-13 C. In spring the countryside is most beautiful. Average summer temperatures: 55-70 F and 12-21 C. Even the sunniest days can end in rain. So bring an unbrella with you at all times.Average fall temperatures: 47-58 F and 8-14C. Expect sudden changes in weather. Winter: Average winter temperatures:...

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  • A guide in your pocket

    Hikingshoes and many pants. Good digital camera to upload you pictures on the VT site BUY THE TROTTER! Find where to go and where to sleep in Scotland

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  • Un daw skoor un tooshku?....Has the rain...

    Backpack...I always find it easier to have your life strapped on the back Good shoes and a wind/waterproof jacket I thought I spoke decent english before starting my new job in Scotland...well...after answering the phone for the first week I admit that there where one or two words I didn't quite get.....so be on the safe side..a dictionary maybe

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  • good walking shoes

    remember that the weather can change very quickly if you are in the hills and mountains so good warm layered clothing is essential. Scotland can be wet so pack waterproof clothing if you plan to spend time out of doors. On the islands you will need sunscreen as well - we were there in May and it was sunny and warm and there is little shelter....

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  • Keep the Woolies at hand

    Make sure you take some warm clothing even in the middle of summer. Up north around the coast can get windy and chilly especially in the evenings and early mornings. An umbrella wouldn't hurt either.

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  • Rain, rain, go away, come again another...

    In the large cities, pick-pockets are everywhere! make sure that if you are going to carry a back pack, that your from pockets have nothing of value in them. Always be concious of who is walking behind you and for how long. Also, the tourist shops are small and it is very difficult to have a large bag and walk around comfortably. A side bag or...

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  • Packing List

    Good water proof clothing and boots are essential for those walks in the heather covered hills of the highlands.

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  • Packing List

    Something to wear when it's raining! Because it does - it's a fact of life here in Scotland - but the scenery is just as amazing whether it's raining or sunny!Watch out for all 4 seasons in one day - a typical occurence in Scotland - just recently we had 10cm of snow at 930am, no snow by lunch time - it had been washed away by all the rain,...

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  • Packing List

    Always bring an extra camera on a trip like this. My new digital camera disliked the seawater and bled green stuff before packing up. For the rest of my trip my old Canon did the job. I was very happy I decided to take it along.The Gannet here was always a welcome guest

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  • Packing List

    Bring an umbrella just in case. I was lucky, all the time I spent on west coast it only rained twice.Pack your dancing shoes in case you end up at a ceilidh! Bring a good insect repellant or those midges will eat you alive! They actually have teeth!A wife of one of the members of Colin's pipe band used Avon's Skin So Soft spray on the band...

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