If you are planning a trip to the Scottish Highlands these few suggestions could become handy when packing your suitcase, or even better a backpack (if your holiday includes a lot of walking you definitely want to be comfortable)!
Whether you are travelling around Loch Ness or visiting Isle of Skye or Orkney Island, you will in fact find out that this northern part of Scotland is on the wilder side of the country and deeply immerse in nature.
So, first of all, make sure you bring with you waterproof clothes and lots of layers! Make sure these are at the top of your list because more often than not, rain and cold could be your loyal companions throughout your trip.
-Thermal shirts, they do not take up a lot of space and they are great in case you get caught up in a cold Scottish day
-Light scarf for Scottish breezes
Then, regardless of where you are going, we would highly recommend a map of Scotland – it’s better to have a map of the roads in case your phone has poor signal, and that can happen quite often in the Highlands!
Second to this, if you’ve been lucky enough to be using a lot your mobile, you might want to bring a power bank, especially when exploring or walking around during the day. Also don’t forget to get a UK plug adapter if you’re coming from abroad!
Now, Scotland can have very peculiar roads and walking paths, so make sure you grab your best trainers or boots to ensure you’re not wobbling around the Highlands.
If you think you are going to walk a lot, also bring a reusable bottle for water, in Scotland tap water is very good to drink, and you will help the environment saving plastic too.
Finally, if you are lucky enough to experience the Scottish sun make sure you have your hat and some sunscreen lotion to protect you, if you foresee a lot of hiking up the mountains, you certainly don’t want to get burnt.
This is obviously a standard list that can vary depending on the season you are planning to head to Scotland, for a winter tour we definitely recommend you a heavier jacket, gloves and warm fleeces and thermal layers to adjust according to the weather.
Spring and Autumn are quite unpredictable but they don’t tend to be extremely cold so you’ll be fine just with a jumper to use in case of emergency!
If you are planning to go to Scotland during midge season (typically June to September) bring along a mosquito repellent spray so you don’t fight with flying insects all the time!
Last but not least, don’t forget your camera and video gears!
This seems pretty obvious considering you are in one of the most scenic and picturesque places but have your camera ready at all times… you never know when Nessie will emerge!