Gear for Scotland's mountains

Hiking and rock-scrambling gear for Spring through to Autumn

Listed below are the basic items recommended for a 5 hour plus route on the Scottish Hills. Stuff all of your gear into a 25-40 litre rucksack.

If you're coming along to one of our events and don't have any of the essential items listed below, please don't fret ! We can help with some of the gear, just give us a call and we'll arrange to bring along spare. Please note that if you turn up without the appropriate gear and haven't arranged for us to bring spare, your guide may refuse to lead you on the hills.


Footwear : firm souled, preferably with decent ankle support
Waterproofs : jacket and overtrousers, ideally windproof too
Base layer : wicking top, a cotton t-shirt is not recommended
Mid layer : fleece or jumper
Trousers : tracksters, hillwalking trousers, but not jeans
Extremities : Gloves, hat and/or buff
Spare clothing : minimum of another fleece/thermal and gloves

Food and other essential kit

Survival bag, whistle, torch
Small first aid kit (incl compeed), midge repellent
Compass and appropriate map (OS Landranger fine for most Scottish hills)
Mobile phone
Food for the day and some extra energy food for emergencies
Hot drink, energy drink or fluid in a refillable flask or other container

Survival Bag
Distress Whistle
Petzl Tikkina head-torch
Silva Expedition Compass
Lifesystems Pocket First Aid
Compeed Blister 5 pack
Smidge Insect Repellent
SIS Emergency Food Gels
Primus 0.5l Flask

Other useful gear depending on conditions

Walking poles
Camera, binoculars
GPS to record the route
Sun-tan lotion

Winter gear »

Backpacking gear »


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