What to pack for the Scottish Highlands? Top 5 Tips

4th June 2019. Posted by Tomich Hols

So you are planning a trip to the Scottish Highlands.  But can’t think what on earth you should pack.  Well do not worry, here are my top 5 tips to make packing for the Scottish Highlands as simple as possible.  Follow my top tips and get the right things into your luggage.  Nobody comes to Scotland for the weather – right?  Actually that’s not entirely true.  We have many groups who specifically do come for the weather.  Take photographers for example who prefer the stormy and atmospheric over the sunshine. Generally, however, prepare yourself for having four seasons in one day. Quite often the weather changes completely within 10 minutes!  Whilst we do love the unpredictability of our weather it does make it very difficult to pack a capsule wardrobe that will have something for every eventuality. I thought it may be helpful to look at some of our best tips to help you prepare and pack.

Scottish Highlands - beautiful in all weathers.

Nobody comes to Scotland for the weather.  Actually that’s not entirely true.  We have many groups who specifically do come for the weather.  Take photographers for example who prefer the stormy and atmospheric over the sunshine. Generally, however, prepare yourself for having four seasons in one day. Quite often the weather changes completely within 10 minutes!  Whilst we do love the unpredictability of our weather it does make it very difficult to pack a capsule wardrobe that will have something for every eventuality. I thought it may be helpful to look at some of our best tips to help you prepare and pack.

Number 1 on my list would be LAYERS!

This cunning plan means you will never get too cold. You can always decant a few layers if you get too warm (it does happen!).  Having some base layers is essential to keep your core warm while you are out exploring all day.  Many people pack according to the temperature in their own home town.  Whilst you may have comparable climates at home you might only be outside for 10 minutes popping between a shop and a cafe or hotels.  Here in Tomich whilst on holiday there are such an abundance of things to explore.  You could leave our cosy accommodation at 7am and not return until night time – a long time to be at the mercy of the elements.

Number 2 on my list is SUITABLE FOOTWEAR!

A good sturdy (waterproof) pair of walking boots or wellington boots are worth their weight in gold.   They won’t let you down whilst exploring so many of our beautiful areas from beaches to forests to mountains.  Make sure you break them in before doing any long walks though as blisters will surely ruin any holiday. Remember also to pack a pair of comfortable shoes for playing football on our pitch or wandering around the Victorian village of Tomich or even just to drive in.  Obviously if you want a smart pair for going out in the evening or to wear to events then bring as many pairs as you wish but comfort and waterproof will get you a long way.  Please don’t try and climb our mountains in trainers or cross rivers in sandals.  Remember if your feet get cold and wet they will likely stay that way for the rest of the day.

Sunny Scotland

Number 3 JACKET!

I have to admith that this is a hard one.  A lot of people choose outerwear based on personal preference/colour/aesthetics.  Opting for fashion over performance is a sure fire way of being cold or damp. Waterproof is always a good decision.  But non waterproof can be protected with an umbrella so it isn’t the end of the world. Ensuring your jacket is wind proof would be my main criteria when choosing which one to pack. There is nothing worse than getting out of a warm car to admire a view and being sliced in two by a freezing cold wind.  Again layering here is a great solution.  Many jackets nowadays come with various layers that you can zip in and out of as and when required. This gives you a warm inner layer and a waterproof outerwear, creating the perfect wind proof outer layer.  Also consider how small you can squeeze them down into for packing. The huge full length puffa jacket may have seemed a good idea until you are sweltering on the aeroplane trying to stuff it into an overhead locker.

Sunshine - Scottish Style

Number 4 Swimming Things!

We have a lovely heated swimming pool for you to make use of on your holiday.   Wouldn’t it be a shame to come all this way and not be able to use it as you have forgotten to bring your trunks or swimsuit! There are individual changing rooms to leave your stuff in and showers for before and after your swim.  Take a look at our other on-site facilities to see what else you might need to out in the suitcase.  The pool is seasonal though, open from mid March to the end of October.

And finally Number 5 A BAG!

Be it a back pack or a large bag to sling over your shoulder, it will come in so useful for storing all your extra clothing items.  Also stick in a reusable water bottle and you will be good to go. Having a bag means you have somewhere to put the layers that you put on or take off.  It will also come in handy for storing sunglasses, gloves, hats and scarves.  Please never underestimate the weather if you are planning on climbing some hills.  Make sure you are properly equipped.  Just because you set off in the glorious sunshine doesn’t mean you will summit in the same.  A bag is also a good place to store yummy snacks, cameras, phones etc.

Hope this gives you some ideas and happy packing!! Look forward to seeing you in Tomich soon.