In this article, we will be covering safety tips that I wish I knew when I started my adventures into the wilderness of Scotland. Where to start (safety tips before you leave) Before you leave for your hike, you should always take the time to get some supplies together, including water and a hat, as well as check the weather forecast. The weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, and there is not always going to be a day where you can go hiking, especially in the winter. The hike you are planning on doing will depend on the weather, as well as how long it takes you to hike in and out, which will determine what you will need to carry in your backpack (bottle of water, snack, camera, etc.) It is always a good idea to take a few essentials that you may need to survive a day or two. These will include enough food to last you a few days, a first aid kit, as well as a compass, a flashlight, and some extra clothing, just in case you get caught in a storm. What to bring with you
Hiking equipment and clothing With winter fast approaching, it is important to be as prepared as possible for the cold, wintery weather that you will encounter. You will not only need to carry your boots with you, but a pair of waterproof/durable winter socks, mittens, and a warm scarf as well. As well as this you should have a pair of waterproof/durable waterproof trousers, a pair of waterproof pants, a warm down jacket, a pair of waterproof trousers and a waterproof jacket. For you a pair of trousers, trousers, jacket, fleece, fleece liner, windproof overshirt, scarf and gloves or fingerless gloves. For your long walks, a pair of water proof boots, waterproof trousers, boots, waterproof overshirt, waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and waterproof gloves. What not to do when hiking
If taking a dog not leave your dog in a car on a warm day! As well as the risk of heatstroke, a car is full of CO2 which could kill you within minutes if you breathe it in. The risk of getting heatstroke is about a 90% chance even when temperatures are above 30 degrees Celsius. Do not put your dog’s life in danger just because you don’t like the weather! What not to wear Wear shoes with good tread and waterproof, slacks with a water repellent back. Make sure your shoes are your most comfortable pair and your clothes have the right cut and fabric so they don’t get hot. Keeping yourself safe while hiking
Hopefully, you have already done some reading about hiking before you started planning this trip. However, the best piece of information I have found for getting back out there and enjoying the sights is the book Hiking The Lowland Highlands. This book is packed with good advice and has been thoroughly reviewed by multiple hiking websites. But we are not all on the same budget. So, I wrote down the most important bits here: 1. Wear a well fitted, robust and water-resistant backpack. No one wants a bent and torn backpack! My backpack is in good condition, but this was the only piece of equipment I had to replace. 2. Use the same walking poles as someone else. This is the only reason why we are sharing these tips. Conclusion
Hiking is fun, but it can be dangerous. If you follow these tips, you will be able to have a safe and fun time hiking. We hope you will take the time to learn about these safety tips, so that you can have fun in the wilderness without worrying about getting injured. To find out about hiking in Scotland, you can visit the Scottish National Park website, or look up one of the hiking hostels in the Scottish Highlands.