Summer in the Highlands
We made this happen.
For weeks now, those of us who live in the Scottish West Highlands have been waxing lyrical about what a lovely summer we've had so far. Everyone was talking about it - in the streets, the grocery stores; you couldn't get away from it. All that talk must have finally made its way up Mount Olympus and annoyed and infuriated the Gods, because as soon as the month of August arrived, Zeus aimed his javelin-like thunderbolt at us, enlisted the help of his main man Poseidon, and together they conjured some of the rainiest, gustiest, most gut-churningly turbulent weather I have ever seen in the middle of summer (or "summer" as I like to call it here). We have the central heating running as I write this, and I have staged an emergency evacuation of my 15 orchid plants from the ventilated sun room to more insulated windowsills and shelving throughout the house until the wrath of the Gods subsides.
But instead of completely losing all hope, let's talk a little bit about dressing for this kind of weather. Because goodness knows, we see plenty of people who arrive on these shores for a summer holiday completely unprepared for it. So lets address this, just in case I haven't scared all of you off of a potential visit. Let's talk about the most essential piece of kit; the jacket.
I know a lot is always made of classic Barbour jackets for British weather conditions, but for my money, I'll take a Musto jacket any day (which is what I'm wearing here). Windproof, rainproof, lightweight, and insulated, Musto jackets are a staple among seafarers (one of which I am married to) and they really do keep the elements out. Like, really keep them out. I don't wear this jacket very often, but when I do, it's because I really need to be wearing it.
Rubber wellies are another great tool for schlepping-around in inclement weather, although they're not particularly comfortable, so you need a good pair of wool socks. If you are travelling and going to be doing a lot of walking, I would not wear wellies, and opt instead for a pair of lightweight but rainproof hiking boots (for the country) or Chelsea boots (for the city). That said, I got these no-brand wellies from a local shop for £14. As cute as some of the colourful and printed Hunter wellies are, there is simply no way in this lifetime I can make myself pay upwards of £100 for a pair of unlined rubber rain boots. It just seems insane.
Scarves, gloves, whatever else you think you might need to ride out the wrath of the Gods, you should have them on hand. You might not need them (it is August, after all), but then again...you might. Probably.
Yes, you will.
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You'll be needing these.