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Type of coat in June

Hi all,

Still doing a little planning for my trip in June. My friend and I are traveling through Scotland from Edinburgh to Inverness and back again, going to Isle of Skye and Stirling on our travels. We will also be doing a Whale watching tour or the Three Island tour. I have read on several posts, blogs, sites, etc... to take along a weatherproof jacket. I wanted to ask if the coat needs to be a thick warm jacket or just a thin weatherproof jacket just to keep dry. Any suggestions?? I did buy my shoes - Merrell Moab 2. Great shoes!!

Thanks!!!
Kathy (katsinca)

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I would take a thin waterproof jacket. But I would also take a thin fleece jacket to wear under it if the temperature is in the lower end - as it may very well be on a whale watching tour.

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We were just in Scotland last July! You will need a good "waterproof" shell, I use a Marmot, but Patagonia and other companies make excellent shells, just make sure it is waterproof and not water-resistant. Search the web and you can usually find sales this time of year and get a good price. Also, take a good fleece jacket/pullover to wear as it gets cool in the Highlands and on the water even in the summer in Scotland. By using the fleece and shell together you will be plenty warm for that time of year in Scotland.

The Merrell Moab's are awesome and you will be glad you have them in Scotland. Most important, while in Scotland make sure you try some "Sticky Toffee pudding", trust me this is the best dessert in the United Kingdom. Hope you have a great trip!!

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I agree with the previous posts.
Two thin layers, one for warmth and one for rain, that can be worn together or separately, will get you through most conditions.

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BTW. If it was shoulder season I would just add a fleece vest in a little bit thicker material to supplement the thin jacket. Worn over the thin fleece jacket, under the waterproof jacket.

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Agree with the waterproof shell. I may be more cold tolerant than you but I did fine on most days with SS tee + cardie or LS 1/4 zip drifit pullover. On the coldest, wettest day I had a LS shirt plus the 1/4 zip plus a Lands End cardie under my waterproof layer in June. The yucky day was the day our RS tour took the ferry from Oban to Mull, drove across Mull and took the ferry across to Iona. Lots of wind and rain and pretty chilly by the time we got back home. This was the only day I wished for waterproof rain pants to put on over my jeans.

If you are cold natured I'd add a puffy vest to layer. Costco had an inexpensive one by 32 Degrees. It's turned out to be a workhorse for me this fall. I'd also add light gloves and maybe a buff/neck gaiter.

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We went in late May and I used a fleece vest and a waterproof shell that was light enough to fit in the front pocket of our day pack . We've found that vests are better than full jackets or sweaters as it leaves your arms a lot freer and not too warm on sunny days. We were very lucky in that the weather was perfect and we had just a bit of mist for a few minutes, but sunshine the rest of the time.

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I am not cold tolerant and took silk long underwear as well as cotton lined jeans from Rohan(relatively quick drying), fleece and waterproof(also waterproof shoes). We lucked out and it was warm when we were there and my daughter was very unhappy to drag around all the warm clothes that we didn't need, but better safe than cold.

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Thanks everyone!!

I am a winter baby and usually don't get too cold. I love hoodies and even bought one at the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain this year. I thought I would take that along with me on my trip. I will start looking for a good waterproof shell to take with me too along with a few long sleeve shirts. Thanks for all the good advice. Now I just need to get a corrected passport. Mine came back with an extra "e" in my last name.

Kathy

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If you are looking for shirts, my go-to winter shirt is a Land's End Heat Crew. I size up and wear these all winter usually with a Macy's Ideology 1/4 zip dri-fit shirt over it. These are the shirts I took to Scotland. I only needed the Heat Crew one day but I used the 1/4 zip nearly every day in England and Scotland in May and June. It is light enough that I could put it in my purse when it warmed up in the day.

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Thanks Pam!!
I'll check them out next time I go to the mall.

Kathy