What do I need to wear?

It’s really important that you have good footwear, waterproofs, warm clothes, hat and gloves – the hillside can be VERY exposed with temperatures below freezing for much of the year, and even in mid-summer the temperature can be below 10 degrees. If you turn up ill-equipped for the weather we may be forced to turn you away, and will not offer a refund in this situation.

Unsuitable footwear due to lack of good grip on the sole, including fashion boots, smart office shoes, trainers and sandals.

You may wonder why we make sure a big deal about what’s on your feet? The main reason is for your safety – you are walking out over rough ground into one of the most extreme environments in the UK. The biggest concern for us is that there is a GOOD TREAD/GRIP on your shoe, so you don’t slip and potentially fall. We CANNOT take you on the Hill Trip if there is not enough grip on the sole of your shoe.

The second concern is that your feet stay warm and dry – it rains a lot here in the Highlands, and the ground we cross is usually boggy and wet, even when the sun is shining. This means that your footwear needs to be WATERPROOF so if you step in a soggy patch, you will stay dry. Even in summer it can also be vital you have a WATERPROOF JACKET and WATERPROOF TROUSERS, along with warm HAT and GLOVES.

Finally, your footwear must have a CLOSED TOE, so no sandals or flip flops, even if it’s a baking hot day. The hooves of the reindeer have sharp edges, and if they accidentally step on your foot we need to make sure your toes are safe.

If you arrive wearing the wrong footwear, even with a pre-booked ticket, we will turn you away, so please check with us in advance if you’re not sure about your footwear. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to hire out wellies.