I know Scotland can be chilly even in summer. I am figuring that the Isle of Lewis may be even colder? Should I bring things as though it is winter, for The Isle of Lewis in June?
Inverness June mean:
Extreme High/Low: 27c/0c
Mean Max/Min: 17c/10c
Mean Monthly Precip: 60 mm
June Average: 11.0°C Max: 13.9°C Min: 8.2°C Days of precip: 12 Max
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Thank you - that is very helpful!
Just bring layers and make one of them a water proof--not resistant--rain jacket. I like one with a hood. I also recommend two pair of shoes. That way if they get wet they will have time to dry out. We also treated our shoes with Silicon, which was a bit helpful.
Where are you going on Lewis? The Carloway Broch is very impressive along, of course, with the Callanish Stones. There are some lovely walks.
We are going to stay at the Blackhouse Village? I can't spell the Gaelic name of it : ) The Callinish Stones are on our list. I will add the name of the Broch you mentioned, to our list! How long does it take to get from central or northern lewis to Harris? I believe we will have 3 full days, with a travel day before and after. Would that be time enough to see parts of Harris as well? We'll be landing on Harris, but have to get to the Blackhouse Village, that day so don't think we'll be able to look round Harris on that day. thank you for the mention of water proof instead of resistant. that makes sense, and i don't know if we already have that. and coating our shoes sounds very good advice too.
My walking boots have waterproof breathable membranes (e.g. Goretex) . I also surface treat the boots with Nikwax waterproofing suitable for the boot material: http://www.nikwax-usa.com/en-us/productselector/waterproofing.php
I also carry rain pants and gaiters but in heavy precipitation (and wind), my socks get soaked. Hence the need for wool (or synthetic) socks and I usually have a second dry pair of socks in my pack. Smartwool medium weight socks are my choice.
The UK method of drying boots is to stuff them with newspaper. The newspaper absorbs moisture. Really soaked boots take a couple of change outs of dry newspapers. Don't try to accelerate drying over or next to a fire.
I would recommend the boots as well. Mine are Goretex. I have them for day and some easier shoes for the evening. My feet are always magically restored when I take off the boots and put on the evening shoes!
Its a bit over two hours from Tarbert to where you are staying and you should go right past the Broch. We did a walk near there. We also did a walk along the cliffs and this looks similar. On Harris we walked on Luskentyre, which was wonderfully misty and soft. Also, if you get out that far be sure to visit Donald John Mackay's weaving shop. I was hoping that the Apprentice, his dog, would be in the video, but he's not. Great views of the beach! We also walked in this area.
You should have a good three days. We had a couple more than that, but we were walking every day and did 5 walks I think. It was a wonderful trip.
We were there for a couple days in early July last year. Weather was a mix of almost everything: wind, light rain, clear sky, showers, warm afternoon periods, cool nights, fog, intense driving sideways rain torrents. No snow or hail (although we did get a bit of that driving through the highlands a few days before). Be prepared for everything.