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.
Video: we produced a short summary video kindly presented by David from our Sales and Guiding team. Thanks David!
- Moisture wicking base layer. We love these Merino and synthetic blend tops from Haglofs for Men and this Icebreaker version for Women.
- Heavier weight fleece/jumper such as these for Women and Men which are 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, such as these from Haglofs for Women and Men. These are waterproof, breathable and therefore really versatile. If you only require a jacket for use inside the canoe it may be worth considering a watersports-specific jacket. We can highly recommend these from Peak UK for Men and Women. They are tough and waterproof yet well-articulated to allow easy movement.
- Lightweight trousers. We love these lightweight hiking trousers from Haglofs which are tough but comfortable, breathable and quick-drying. For Men and Women.
- Shorts. Such as these simple lightweight shorts from Rab for Men and Women.
- Swimming costume/trunks. We recommend these spindly string bikinis from… just kidding!
- Waterproof trousers such as these lightweight options for Women and Men.
- Wetsuit socks such as these neoprene ones for Men and Women. Another option is to wear waterproof socks or warm wool socks inside a pair of trainers.
- Wellington boots are recommended.
Head and Hands
- Warm wool hat and sunhat/baseball cap. We love these unisex wool beanies for warmth and cosiness.
- Buff/neck gaiter such as these from Endura sports.
- Warm gloves. These hiking gloves from Haglofs are a good balance of warmth, breathability and weather protection.
Essential equipment to take with you on the water
- 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.
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