We just got back from an amazing trip through Scotland where we saw hundreds of sheep, ate more fish and chips than we previously thought humanly possible, and explored some of the most beautiful countryside and city centers I have ever seen.
In natural Kristin fashion I obsessed and obsessed over what to wear for the trip, especially because fall in Scotland can be so unpredictable.
The sun can be shining one minute, and you can be running from the rain the next.
And since we planned to visit both the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow in addition to adventuring through the Isle of Skye, I needed outfits for both areas. In this post I’ll share with you all the staples that got me through a visit to Scotland in autumn.
The Most Important Thing to Pack For Scotland: A Rain Jacket
I brought this yellow number with me EVERYWHERE. It literally rained every day of our trip, and according to the locals that’s just the usual in Scotland. It would rain for 20 minutes, stop for an hour, drizzle on and off, and then repeat. A rain jacket with some warmth to it is best since it was windy and chilly most of the time.
I got this yellow jacket at a Regatta Outlet and it’s unfortunately not available online anymore, but here are some other great options.
For days when you are hiking and being active outside (like when I hiked to Old Man of Storr in the picture) you’ll also want some dry wick tops like these to keep yourself cool.
You’ll Need Waterproof Footwear for Adventuring in Scotland
These duck boots were a budget purchase on Amazon last year, and they ended up being great for the muddy hikes we took. This picture was taken halfway through walking by the Fairy Pools, and you can see how dirty they ended up getting!
Our longest hike was up the Old Man of Storr, which was somewhere around 2 hours. Most of our hikes were shorter, and I think the duck boots work well if you don’t plan on hiking intensely during your whole trip. If you are planning on doing several longer hikes, you should definitely go with legitimate, waterproof hiking boots.
Riding Boots are #necessary For Visiting Scotland’s Cities
When we spent time in the cities, I kept my rain jacket on but switched over to riding boots. They continued to keep my feet dry and I think it looked a bit more stylish. I’ve had this black pair here for over 5 years! Booties may be all the rage right now, but you honestly can’t go wrong with riding boots forever.
Here are some great neutral options that are easy to mix and match with whatever you already have.
Bonus: Historic Wool Dresses for an Authentic Scottish Experience
Lastly, if you go to Scotland you need to bring some 18th century plaid garb. I wore this at all the castles we visited to really feel like I was back in time. Just kidding! I had fun dressing up at Doune Castle, which is actually Castle Leoch in the show Outlander!
Honestly I can’t imagine doing anything in Scotland in these wool dresses, as they would be so heavy and itchy after being rained on! Hats off to all the ladies who wore these over the years.
Okay that’s not a real bonus! The real last thing I’ll leave you with is about pants. I wore jeans the whole trip, and having this blue pair and this black pair was great for mixing and matching. The pairs I brought had a bit of stretch to them so that they were more comfortable for hiking, car rides, and long days of walking in the cities.
With leggings as pants being stylish (and the ultimate in comfort) nowadays, you can do that as well.
If you’re planning on heading to Scotland in fall, be prepared for the wet weather with a quality rain jacket, waterproof hiking boots, and some classic riding boots. Overall there will be rain, moments of sun, and a slight chill, but it’s all part of the beauty of Scotland.
I’ll be posting more about my trip over the next few weeks!