Best footwear for hiking in Scotland
Posted on Mar 14, 2017 by Tim Willis
If I had a pound for every time I have been asked for advice on the best footwear for hiking in Scotland, I’d be a rich man.
Each hiking trip and location will bring different factors to consider but the most important will always be safety and comfort. So what footwear do you need to hike in Scotland?
Durable for rugged terrain
In the Scottish Highlands the terrain is pretty rugged and we often go off the trails and over rough, uneven and sometimes wet ground. Never underestimate the importance of keeping your feet dry, warm and comfortable.
Most of our walking trips are a week long so you need to ensure that your feet are well protected from the elements and your boots will keep you upright on slippy trails. Scottish weather is renown for offering up four seasons in one day so be prepared with good waterproof boots and you’ll never have soggy feet.
We offer a range of trips but even on our easy trips you are likely to encounter wet and rocky terrain so good ankle support and waterproofing are musts. We’re adamant about finding the best views for you and sometimes that means a little bit of extra effort through muddy terrain to gain access to them but it will all be worth it – we promise!
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Where to start
Go for boots that provide enough cushioning to withstand the impact of a week’s worth of hiking. We always recommend sturdy, fully waterproofed boots with good ankle support and a decent grip on the sole. Good examples of these are:
Break in new boots
A good set of boot still need to be broken in before a long hiking holiday. Don’t be fooled by how comfortable they feel in the shop when you try them on to break a set of boots in can take a good few weeks. Try these tips to make new boots your own:
- Go boot shopping in the afternoon because your feet naturally swell during the day.
- Invest in a pair of snug fitting smartwool socks, they come in different weights for different seasons. Avoid cotton socks – they rub and can create blisters quickly.
- For starters you should wear your new boots around the house and down the street.
- Get out on a day hike with your new boots you’ll soon notice any hot spots on your feet that might need attention.
- Try to wear your boots on a regular basis before your Wilderness Scotland trip to help the boots get softer and mould to your feet,
If you invest the time to select the best boots and break them in by the time you arrive in Scotland for one of our Wilderness Walking trips, your boots will be super comfortable.
So, there you have it – there are a range of footwear options for walking and hiking holidays in Scotland – it may take a few test sessions before you meet your perfect match, but if you follow the guidelines above and you’ll surely find your perfect footwear option in no time.
Give Your Boots a Break – A Walking Break in the Highlands
We run walking and luxury walking holidays right across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Year after year we receive outstanding feedback from our travellers telling us just how we helped transform their perspective.
Watch this video of Catriona MacKenzie who we arranged a surprise tour for after she unexpectedly took ill her original tour to the Northwest Highlands. She sums it up perfectly.
Want to Break in your boots? One of our walking trips would be an ideal way to introduce your boots to a variety of different terrain.
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