Scotland is an enchanting place with some of the most breathtakingly beautiful views displaying nature at its best. So it’s no wonder that so many hiking enthusiasts choose the area to take part in hiking, exploring the many challenging routes up hills and mountains with a backdrop of Lochs, valleys and forests.
However the adventure of a lifetime does come with a price: hiking in Scotland can be incredibly cold and uncomfortable if done without the right clothing and equipment. If armed with the knowledge as to what can protect you against the cold and the elements though, you are in for an unforgettable journey – for all the right reasons.
One of the main things to look out for when you’re shopping for hiking gear suitable for Scotland is performance. The Scottish scenery offers some of the most stunning natural beauty, but it can be rough and challenging so you will need equipment that can withstand climbing high peaks with tough terrain.
Make sure you have a hiking pack which contains all of the vital components necessary, including a good quality harness system, a top loader or a panel loader which will contain all of your equipment as you carry it around (top loaders are usually more suitable for longer periods), waterproof materials and a big enough size for everything you need.
Windproof/ Waterproof clothing
Scottish hiking is likely to involve at least a bit of rain or wind! So stay prepared with clothing that has waterproof and windproof properties from your down jacket to your bottom half and top it all off with a good pair of hiking boots that have adequate grips and preferably a rubber outer with a decent hat to protect your head from the cold. Scottish air can be crisp and exhilarating, but also incredibly bitter depending on the time of year so you will need to be prepared.
Plenty of food and drink
You will want to pack plenty of useful hiking accessories such as a compass, a map, a torch and a whistle to attract attention in case you get separated from your walking group plus high energy foods and lots of liquids in case of emergency. High quality equipment such as GPS, walking poles and altimeter watches are all very advanced these days with the latest technology built-in so you can’t go wrong.
The weather can change swiftly in Scotland and there can even be snow at high altitudes up in the mountains, so depending on whether you’re going on a short or extended hiking trip, you might consider packing extra changes of warm clothing, plenty of socks to keep your feet warm and gear suitable for snowy conditions. One thing you can rely on though whether you encounter dry and sunny climes or cooler temperatures during your hike is an experience that you will always remember and scenery that will make a lasting impression.