Don’t just sit there looking out the window mumbling about drizzle, how cold it is or the bloody midges. Those grey clouds in the distance may be bringing rain or they could soon pass without a drop falling.


If we waited for the perfect weather of clear skies with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze to cool us, we would get very few walking days in Scotland. Some of the best mountain moments are when the weather is far from perfect; the rays of sun bursting through rain clouds illuminating the hillside, the mysteriousness of walking in mist for it to suddenly lift revealing all around you. Moments like that are just as good as being able to see a dozen summits and all the way to the horizon.


More advice – 3. Watch the weather