It may seem obvious to many but I thought I’d let you know the 5 essential items I think you need on your Scottish vacation.  If it’s the first time you’ve had a holiday in Scotland here are a few tips.

1. Camera

I’m sure it’s first on your list where-ever you travel, but just in case you didn’t know the scenery in Scotland it’s amongst the best in the world.  Whatever technology you prefer you will find yourself grabbing it at every moment, whether it’s an elusive glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster, a selfie atop a mountain peak or for keeping a diary of all the lovely meals you’ve had and places you’ve stayed.

2. Insect Spray

A good insect repellent is essential to avoid midge bites.  The Scottish midge (pronounced mid-jee) is present during the summer months in the countryside, particularly when you’re near water as they like damp conditions.  Prevalent at dawn and dusk midges are a nuisance if you’re prone to insect bites.  You can also keep ahead of these annoying beasties by checking the midge forecast.

3. Walking Shoes/Boots

If you want to make the most of your time here, you’ll need some good walking shoes.  Whether it’s hiking in the countryside, walking along some of our golden beaches or touring the grounds of a Scottish castle you’ll avoid blisters with some sensible shoes.

4. All Weather gear

I’ve lived in the UK all my life.  It’s only since running a bed an breakfast and meeting visitors from all over the world that I’ve realised why the British are obsessed with the weather and why the rest of the world is puzzled by this.  It’s because it’s so much more changeable on our small island.  In this country we can’t plan to have a picnic in 2 weeks time.  We wait to see the weather forecast for tomorrow and then decide.  In the Scottish Highlands it’s particularly changeable but the good part is if you keep your plans flexible you can often travel out of the rain and make the most of the sunshine.  For that reason I suggest sunglasses, hat, an umbrella, a waterproof jacket and layered clothing.

5. An Adventurous Spirit

Like visiting any country for the first time, your experience will be so much more memorable if you embrace the culture.  You may find our roads a little smaller than you’re used to and the weather’s a little unpredictable but if you try the local food, visit local events and find out about local customs your holiday will be all the more special.  Ask your host questions and you’ll find there’s so much to see and do, as soon as your holiday is coming to an end you’ll be planning your next trip.