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What you will need to bring

Walking Boots or sturdy trail shoes: We highly recommend boots that you have worn in already.  Five or six days walking in brand new boots will be murder on your feet.

Lightweight walking clothes: clothes designed for walking, especially trousers, will make a huge difference to your experience on the Way. Designed to be quick drying and windproof they will be many times more comfortable than other clothing – especially jeans.

Waterproof jacket and trousers: Weather in Scotland can be highly changeable. We’re famous for having all four seasons in one day, so don’t forget to pack a good, breathable jacket and trousers.

Hat and gloves for cold weather, Sunhat and sunscreen for sunny weather. Bear in mind that it can be cold in exposed areas even in the summer and you can get sunburned at just about any time of year in the right conditions.

Rucksack: big enough for all your daily needs. The size will depend on where you are staying each night. If camping, a large rucksack of 60-75L will be needed to carry all your equipment. If staying at a B&B or guest house a small day sack should be adequate. Also see our Services section for baggage transfer companies who will be pleased to take all the bags you don’t need during the day between your accommodation providers.

Map: Although the GGW is well waymarked, we highly recommend that you bring a map or guide of the route. Various options are available, including a small selection in our online shop . Of course a map is of no use if you don’t know how to read it, so please take some time to familiarise yourself with the basics of navigation.

Water bottle and food: Ensure you have adequate food and water for your day. It is also a good idea to carry extra food in the form of energy bars or chocolate in case of emergencies. In summer be sure to carry extra water as it is easy to become dehydrated when carrying bags and walking long distances.

First Aid Kit: A small first aid kit can be invaluable if the unforeseen happens while on the route.

Midge repellent or midge net: Although not dangerous, midges can be a serious nuisance and distraction. Many pharmacies and local shops will sell midge repellent and midge nets. Midges can be prevalent from the end of May until the first frost, normally the end of September.

Tick Remover: Ticks can be a serious problem in the Highlands, including the Great Glen. Please see our Safety page for further information (Link). There are various designs of tick removal tools available in outdoor shops and pharmacies. The NHS recommends both the card type and hook type.