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    What to Wear Open Canoeing in Scotland

    By Rupert Shanks
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    Scotland Canoeing Kit List

    Gently paddling through a Scottish glen can be one of the most peaceful and therapeutic experiences around.

    However, like any Scottish adventure you need to be prepared for the elements. We’ve been guiding open canoeing trips throughout Scotland for 15 years. So we’re happy to share our complete guide to What to Wear Open Canoeing in Scotland.

    Check out our short video with more info on what kit you should bring on your canoeing trip.

    Our Essential Canoeing Gear List

    Upper Body

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    • Moisture wicking base layer.
    • Heavier weight fleece/jumper which is lightweight but warm and breathable.
    • Waterproof jacket. For a canoeing trip in which you will also be hiking and camping (Such as our North West Highlands trip) we recommend using a hiking style outer shell jacket. If you only require a jacket for use inside the canoe it may be worth considering a watersports-specific jacket.

    Lower Body

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    Quick drying hiking trousers or zip-off trousers are a great option.

    • Lightweight trousers, ideally which are tough but comfortable, breathable and quick-drying.
    • Shorts.
    • Swimming costume/trunks.
    • Waterproof trousers.


    • Trainers with good soles for rough ground. Warm Socks recommended.
    • Wellington boots are recommended.

    Head and Hands

    • Warm wool hat and sunhat/baseball cap.
    • Buff/neck gaiter.
    • Warm gloves.

    Additional Equipment

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    • Water bottle. (Ideally 2 litres capacity in total)
    • Dry bag to carry spare clothes (Provided by Wilderness Scotland on our trips)
    • Sunglasses with buoyant strap.
    • Sunscreen and lip balm.
    Recommended Optional Equipment Read More
    • Sun hat
    • Personal blister kit
    • Personal wash kit
    • Comfortable clothes for evening wear (casual dress code)
    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Thermos flask
    • Lunchbox
    • Buff or Neck Gaiter
    • Head torch (if you’re on a wilderness camping expedition)

    Open Canoeing Trips

    Meet the Author: Rupert Shanks

    “After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera!”

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