Planning a Scottish Highlands holiday?
Great, we will be delighted to welcome you.
Here are my tips on what to pack for your Highland based on my experience of living and taking tours here over the last 20 years.
This information is based on taking a regular holiday, if you are coming to the Highlands for hill walking, climbing, mountain sports then you will obviously need specialised gear.
Weather on a Scottish Highlands Holiday
We definitely get weather here in the Scottish Highlands.
Getting the right clothing for the weather can be tricky given how quickly it changes. That’s why layers are always a good option!
Of course, what you need depends on the weather so here are a few things to know about our weather.
- It can snow anytime through to May, although generally it’s gone around March or April.
- The night times can be colder than you are used to.
- Heating in holiday accommodation may be different from what you are used to – most of the Highlands outside of Inverness isn’t on mains gas, so expect oil heating, wood burners, and open fires, along with night storage heating.
- The temperatures here, while warm to us, may feel cooler to you. We think 20 degrees Celsius is getting pretty tropical. If that’s not that hot for you then some extra layers might be handy.
- The West Coast of the Highlands is generally windier and wetter.
- Fort William is one of the wettest areas of the Highlands.
Clothing for a Scottish Highlands Holiday
Layers are always good, including good base layers. If you are going to be out for the day with your car then take some extra layers with you and have them in the car in case you need them.
A really good waterproof and windproof coat is good if you are coming outside of summer, during summer a lighter coat should be OK, with some layers if needed.
Hats are essential outside of summer, and during summer if you are planning on being on the beaches or outside a great deal in the sun. I like Heat Holder hats as they really keep the wind out, ideal if you suffer from neuralgia.
Gloves are a good idea, defrosting and scraping ice off your car without them isn’t much fun.
Good walking shoes are always great – waterproof ones ideally. You need something sturdy and supportive with a good grip.
Other Items to Pack for Your Highlands Holiday
A torch is always good as street lighting can be sparse in remoter areas of the Highlands. Ideally a rechargeable one.