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Your Scottish Highlands Packing List

Your Scottish Highlands Packing List

You typically do not require special equipment when trekking in the Scottish Highlands. This is because none of its peaks reaches 4,500 feet. The highest of them sits only at 4,413 feet above sea level. Compared to Kilimanjaro’s 19,341 feet, and Everest’s 29,029 feet, Ben Nevis is practically a child; and an effortless hike for experienced mountain climbers. In addition, many of the Highland’s trails are essentially walking paths that welcome folks of all skill levels.

That said, there is still a few necessary pieces of equipment you will find useful, especially if you plan on camping at night. Keep in mind, however, that what you’ll need for summertime hikes differ from those you’ll require for winter treks.

Summer hike essentials include:

  • Wool thermal base top, to keep warm. Even in the warmest months of July and August, the average temperature in Scotland is 66°F (19°C) and even lower in the Highlands. 
  • Quick-dry hiking pants, as you might find yourself dealing with rain or peat bogs during your hike.
  • Warm fleece, which you can put on or peel off depending on the current temperatures.
  • Insulated, waterproof jacket, for light rainy days.
  • A beanie, to keep your head warm, which is very important.
  • A baseball cap or a hat, for warm, sunny days.
  • Gloves, as your hands will be exposed to the elements while you’re hiking, especially if you’re using trekking poles. 
  • A Backpack to carry all your stuff. To ensure you’re using a pack with the correct capacity, check with your tour company. It all depends on how long your trek is, and whether or not you’re choosing to camp for the night. 
  • 1-litre water bottle and filter. The filter is important when filling up your water bottle in rivers and streams, as these sources are not necessarily clean enough for human consumption. 
  • Gaiters, depending on your trekking route. 
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Emergency whistle
  • Head torch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Walking or trekking poles


Winter hike essentials include:

  • Wool thermal base top, to keep warm. 
  • Quick-dry hiking pants, as you might find yourself dealing with rain or peat bogs during your hike. 
  • Warm fleece, which you can put on or peel off depending on the current temperatures.
  • Insulated, waterproof jacket, for light rainy days.
  • Raincoat or rain jacket, for heavy rains.
  • A beanie, to keep your head warm, which is very important.
  • Gloves, as your hands will be exposed to the elements while you’re hiking, especially if you’re using trekking poles.
  • Wool socks, to keep your toes and feet warm.
  • A backpack to carry all your stuff. To ensure you’re using a pack with the correct capacity, check with your tour company. It all depends on how long your trek is, and whether or not you’re choosing to camp for the night.
  • 1-litre water bottle and filter. The filter is important when filling up your water bottle in rivers and streams, as these sources are not necessarily clean enough for human consumption.
  • Mountaineering ice axe and crampons, especially if you’re expecting climb Ben Nevis.
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Emergency whistle
  • Head torch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Walking or trekking poles

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