Last Updated on

Scotland is a beautiful country. However, it is has been known to snow as late as June. That makes packing what to wear in Scotland quite tricky. This guide takes a look at what to pack for a trip to Scotland.

In a Rush? Read this:

If you are travelling to Scotland and staying in the main cities; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, etc, pack as you would for any other northern European city at your chosen time of year. A waterproof is a must all year round. Pack a lightweight, waterproof, breathable jacker in Summer, pack a heavier down-type jacker in the Winter, Autumn and Spring months. Fashion in Scotland is standard in the major cities.

If you are traveling into the highlands and islands expect to see most people wearing hiking trousers even if they are not hiking. Berghaus, Rab, North Face and other hiking brands are popular. A good pair of hiking/hillwalking boots is a must or at the very least a solid pair of walking shoes with a decent Vibram sole.

REMEMBER: it rains quite a lot, so always pack a couple of jackets and a handful of jumpers.

Travel Wardrobe For Scotland

This section of our Scotland packing guide will look at appropriate outfits for Scotland.

If you are only visiting the major cities, pack as you normally would for a city break but always include a decent waterproof. This below will look at what to wear when leaving Scotland’s major cities and entering the Scottish highlands, islands, glens, and lowlands.

Winter: What To Wear In Scotland in November, December, January & February

First of all, although technically not Winter, the snows tend to start in November. I would always recommend packing for winter conditions if visiting Scotland in November.

The key to packing for a winter visit to Scotland is to layers. Pack plenty of jumpers. Jeans are okay but if it starts to rain, and boy can it rain in Scotland, walking around in sodden jeans is not fun. Lightweight, warm and waterproof is the way to go.

Scottish Winter Packing List: the essentials:

We provide product recommendations for every item at the end of this article.

  • A warm wooly hat.
  • Fleece-lined, waterproof trousers.
  • A warm jacket, preferably a down jacket.
  • A waterproof jacket.
  • Fleece-lined, waterproof gloves.
  • Shoes:
    • Waterproof, Vibram sole hiking boots
    • Or Sturdy, waterproof, Vibram sole walking shoes.
    • Or both.
  • A warm fleece.
  • Plenty of jumpers.

Packing space may be limited, but the pubs and restaurants aren’t (usually) freezing cold. Pack some standard clothes as you normally would. But don’t be surprised if people are wearing hiking gear in casual settings.

Important: If hillwalking in winter conditions take extra care and hike prepared. Specialist gear is required for even the simplest of hikes. Read Walkhighlands guide to winter safety here.

Spring: What To Wear In Scotland in March & April

Scottish springtime is truly beautiful. The flowers start to bloom aimid snow-capped mountains, whilst the air clings on to that crisp winter freshness.

May is not included in Scottish Spring as some of the nicest weather occurs during May with clear skies and friendly temperatures.

The key to packing for Spring is to still pack a load of layers and remember that there is still a fair chance of snow. Layers are your friend. Pack plenty of jumpers.

Scottish Spring Packing List: the essentials:

  • A warm wooly hat.
  • Fleece-lined, waterproof trousers.
  • Lighter, non-fleeced waterproof trousers.
  • A warm jacket, preferably a down jacket.
  • A waterproof jacket.
  • Fleece-lined, waterproof gloves.
  • Shoes:
    • Waterproof, Vibram sole hiking boots
    • Or Sturdy, waterproof, Vibram sole walking shoes.
    • Or both.
  • A warm fleece.
  • Plenty of jumpers.
  • Jeans.
  • Shorts.

We provide product recommendations for every item at the end of this article.

Packing space may be limited. Prioritise the above. However, a pair of jeans, some short sleeve t-shirt and maybe a pair of shorts won’t go a miss. Towards the end of spring, going into May , the weather can really pick up. It’s always hard to call as the weather can be freezing or mildly pleasant. You don’t want to wake up on a mild, rain-free day and only have heavy, fleece lines trousers and a down jacket in your wardrobe.

Important: Winter conditions can last well into spring in the Scottish highlands. If hillwalking in winter conditions take extra care and hike prepared. Specialist gear is required for even the simplest of hikes. Reffer to the Walkhighlands witnter safety guide linked above.

Summer: What To Wear In Scotland in May, June, July & August

Sunny days in Scotland can be few and far between. However, when the sun shines there is no better place to be than in the Scottish Highlands and Islands (in my humble opinion).

Autumn: What To Wear In Scotland in September October

 

Scottish Wardrobe Reccomendations