5 Things to pack on your trip to the Highlands

by | Mar 18, 2020 | Posts | 0 comments

Planning a trip to the Highlands but not sure what to pack? Here is a list of 5 things you should have in your bag!

1. Camera

The Scottish Highlands are one of the most scenic places in the world; from the rolling hills to the stunning beaches. There’s so much to see and we can guarentee you’ll want to capture every second of your trip to show your family and friends when you get home, so be sure to bring a good camera with you! We would also suggest investing in a sturdy case to keep your camera safe, you never know what you might end up doing or what the Scottish weather might surprise you with!

2. Midge Spray

One thing you don’t want to forget when you visit us in the Highlands is midge spray, especially in the warmer weather. You won’t see (or feel) quite as many on the east coast of the country in comparison to the west coast, but don’t let that catch you out. Midges have ruined many a BBQ and camping trip by joining the party. While they thrive in the warm weather, they like to come out in the evenings as soon as the sun sets, and be extra careful near water, they cluster and can be unbearable! We recommend Smidge repellent to keep the wee bandits at bay.

3. Hat and Sunscreen

It’s a running joke that the highlands have four seasons in one day, but more often than not its true! Be prepared with both cosy hats and sun cream because it’s likely that you’ll need them at various points throughout the day! It’s good to keep an eye on the weather forecast but it can’t always be trusted. Summertime in Scotland is a little tricky, we get gorgeous sunshine with gale-force winds and rainy, wet days with temperatures reaching twenty degrees, it really is unique!

4. Walking Boots

A good pair of walking boots are an essential when visiting the Highlands. Whether you plan to bag some Munro’s, trek along our rugged coastline or visit some of our castles and gardens; your walking boots will be your best friend. Don’t forget to break them in before you arrive, blisters are a sure way to ruin a holiday and you really don’t want to miss out on the action.

5. Waterproof Jacket

Talk about stating the obvious! Even when the weather appears to be lovely, there is always a chance of a quick shower of rain. It might just be a drizzle, or it could be torrential downpour, keep an eye on the clouds so you don’t get caught out. A silver lining that we like to look for is the beautiful rainbow that tends to follow a shower of rain, it’s not all bad! Try to find jacket that will protect you from the wind and keep you warm as well as dry.

Bonus Item- Dog Treats

You will definitely see a lot of dog in the highlands while on holiday. We love animals up in the highlands and you’ll find lots of cafés and accommodation that allows dogs. One thing is for sure, our furry four-legged friends will always say yes to a treat! Be sure to always check with the owner before approaching or giving any treats.

If you are packed and ready, check out our properties on our website at www.thistleholidaylets.co.uk.