Walking in Scotland with its quickly-changing and vastly varying weather means that you really need to be prepared for every eventuality and you may find you have to take far more than you need just to cover all weather eventualities. The Ramblers website offers excellent practical advice on clothing, equipment and safety. The secret to enjoying walking is being comfortable. In addition to the usual gear, consider bringing along a mat or plastic sheet to sit on and pack it all into a backpack to leave your hands free.
Boots or stout walking shoes are advisable for the majority of walks. Waterproof jackets and trousers are more or less essential in Scotland at all times of year and are much more comfortable if they are made of breathable material. Several light layers of clothing are better than one heavy one as they allow more flexibility. A hat and gloves in your rucksack are always useful and if you are getting a car lift, please bring a spare pair of shoes with you to leave in the car so you can change out of your muddy boots at the end of the walk.
Denim jeans and trainers are not suitable walking attire.
Yes - the simple pleasure of a picnic stop is one of the great joys of a walk. How much you need to eat during the day only you will know but it is good to have a mixture of quick energy and slow release foods to keep you going.
Water is essential and how much you need will depend on how hot (or cold) the day is and how far and high you are walking. It is important to have sufficient water to prevent dehydration and it is best to bring it in an unbreakable bottle. The walk leader may be able to give you an indication but everyone is different.
Every walk and every person needs to take different things on a walk. To help you decide what you will need a checklist might include
Wednesday 20 September 2017Meeting at 08:55, Starting at 09:00A moderate 13 mile / 20.9 km walk
Wednesday 20 September 2017Meeting at 09:10, Starting at 09:15A leisurely 7.5 mile / 12.1 km walk
Wednesday 20 September 2017Meeting at 09:10, Starting at 09:15A moderate 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Wednesday 20 September 2017Meeting at 09:20, Starting at 09:50A leisurely 7 mile / 11.3 km walk
Wednesday 20 September 2017Meeting at 10:00, Starting at 10:40A leisurely 4.5 mile / 7.2 km walk
Saturday 23 September 2017Meeting at 07:55, Starting at 08:00A strenuous 13.5 mile / 21.7 km walk
Saturday 23 September 2017Starting at 09:00A leisurely 7 mile / 11.2 km walk
Sunday 24 September 2017Starting at 08:50A moderate 12 mile / 19.3 km walk
Sunday 24 September 2017Meeting at 08:55, Starting at 09:00A moderate 7.5 mile / 12.1 km walk
Sunday 24 September 2017Starting at 08:00A moderate 10.6 mile / 17 km walk
Sunday 24 September 2017Starting at 09:00A strenuous 8.7 mile / 14 km walk
Sunday 24 September 2017Starting at 10:00A strenuous 7.5 mile / 12 km walk
Tuesday 3 October 2017Other
Thursday 12 October 2017 at 19:30Conference/Meeting
Monday 23 October 2017 to Friday 27 October 2017Social
Friday 27 October 2017 at 18:45Social
Friday 27 April 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018Other