Category: Packing Lists

Up Helly Aa in Lerwick had been on my bucket list for years, and at the end of January you have a chance to see it too. Here is everything you need to know!

If you plan a trip to Scotland and you think you will be fine without a very good waterproof jacket – think again. No matter what time of the year your trip is scheduled for, you can pretty much expect Scotland to surprise you with weather from all four seasons, sometimes within one day. You might think, I’ll just bring an umbrella – but in that case you have not considered the vicious rain-wind combination so common in Scotland. Your umbrella will most likely break – if you don’t leave it under your seat of the first pub you visit.

When I first moved to Scotland I had bought a brand-new waterproof jacket from a brand I didn’t know much about and sadly it turned out that it was not as waterproof as needed in the Scottish autumn showers. A new jacket had to be purchased and this time I wanted to make sure it would last. Soon after I began looking around online, I spotted a jacket during one of my frequent trips to our local Cotswold Outdoor shop. I kept debating with myself for a few months whether or not to go for it, and finally the decision to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with my dad was the final drop to fill the bucket. I had to have this jacket.
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