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What to bring

Come prepared for all seasons and activities with the right clothing

In Scotland and Northern England, 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. See Electricity section for details.

SUMMER TIPS

You can lighten up, but the summer nights can still be chilly — especially in the Scottish Highlands — so it doesn’t hurt to bring a pair of light gloves, hat and scarf. 

You might encounter midges, pesky little flies that swarm near lakes and streams, especially in the Scottish Highlands and Scottish isles. They’re at are at their worst during 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 Avon Skin-So-Soft body oil spray, the repellent of choice for Britain’s Royal Marines. 

WINTER TIPS

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.

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