Come prepared for all seasons and activities with the right clothing
In Scotland, it’s not unusual to experience all four seasons in one day. So no matter the season, you need a warm sweater or fleece jacket, a waterproof jacket and good walking shoes/boots for all sorts of terrain.
An umbrella is always handy, and bird watchers may wish to bring binoculars. You may also need a UK travel adapter, which you can buy at the airport or in Edinburgh shops after you arrive. For more information, read our useful Electricity guide.
Even in the summer it can be chilly and unpredictable— especially in the Scottish Highlands — so it doesn’t hurt to bring extra layers and sensible footwear:
- A warm sweater or fleece
- A waterproof jacket
- Good walking shoes or boots (especially if you intend to hike and go on nature walks)
- Light scarf or thin sweater
You might encounter midges, pesky little flies that swarm near lakes and streams, especially in the Scottish Highlands and islands. They’re most active during the twilight hours from mid-June to mid-August. You can help avoid bites by wearing long sleeves/trousers in light colours and by bringing some insect repellent.
Temperatures do not often drop below freezing, but an insulated jacket is recommended due to the cool northerly winds. Also bring some warmer layers along with an insulated coat, scarf, gloves, hat and warm shoes or insulated boots with at least one pair of thick woollen socks.
FOR LIGHTER LOADS
We recommended bringing a small backpack for your daily essentials as you travel between accommodations. Plus, it might come in handy for an impromptu hike or picnic.