Happy Travel Tuesday!
Today I thought I’d tackle some very serious business : what to wear in Scotland!
So you want to come to Scotland this summer? What a great idea! Trust me, Scotland is beautiful all year long, no matter what! But the summer definitely has the best weather (…she said cringing at her own words…it’s no secret the UK has not known the kindest of summers this year).
I often get asked questions by friends who want to come visit, or by followers of the blog like : How is the weather in Scotland? As bad as its reputation says? Is it ever sunny? It is always gloomy? etc.
My response to all of those would be ‘Yes. Yes. Yes.’ During a weekend trip, a week-long trip and even more in a month/year-long stay to Scotland, you’ll probably experience it all!
As they always say in Britain, be prepared for anything!
The truth about the Scottish summer is that it feels more like spring/autumn. There will be some nice weather of course, and you will appreciate those bursts of sun and warm temperature even more after the periods of rain or clouds. But trust me, in general, just plan as if you were coming here late Spring or early Autumn. It will save you some headaches!
Here are my 8 realistic fashion advices for a summer stay in Scotland:
1. Leave the sandals behind. Seriously trust me on this! It will never be so hot that you can’t go around in shoes or even in flats. A Scottish weather friendly option might be to bring some peep-toe flats instead.
2. A rule to live by: when in doubt, always bring a jumper.
3. Always carry around something for the rain. Pro tip: Invest in a light rain jacket you can fold away in any bag. It might save you in case of quick showers.
4. I would also leave the shorts behind. Instead I would bring tights and capris.
5. Bring pyjamas for all weather. You never know if the hostel/hotel/b&b you booked will offer you a freezing single glazed room or a very warm bed.
6. I know I know who doesn’t love a nice summer dress, right? But if it’s short I’d say leave it at home as well. Another Scottish weather friendly option? Maxi skirts or maxi dresses are great alternatives.
7. While wellies might be useful, they can be a bit bulky and you might find an unnecessary hassle. If you plan on doing any hiking or walking, I would recommend some walking boots instead.
8. Always be prepared – bring sunglasses, bring a scarf, maybe a hat and some gloves. You can decide if you want to make a statement with any of those, but trust me, Scotland’s weather is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get 😉
What would be your fashion staple for Scotland?xx