Walking Boots Or Shoes
The pathway up Ben Vrackie is very well made and not too treacherous, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need walking shoes. There are still some areas where the ground is rocky and rough, and loose rocks and stones can be dangerous. Ankle walking boots are great for preventing your ankle from turning and will also keep your feet dry whatever the weather.
Hiking or walking poles aren’t required for getting up Ben Vrackie, but they can be a serious help. They are optional but have some real advantages. These poles are great for giving you extra stability and support, particular on steeper areas of the route.
If you walk a lot, they can help reduce the stress of walking on your feet, knees and back. They share the weight of yourself and your backpack across your entire body.
The weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, and even on the sunniest days, a shower could start at any time. Waterproof shell jackets are a great choice for walkers, and although the material is heavier than other waterproofs, the extra warmth is often needed in Scotland.
Hat And Gloves
Even in the height of summer, and when the weather in Pitlochry town is glorious, the peak of Ben Vrackie can get cold. Keeping a hat and pair of gloves on you during your walk is a good idea in case you get chilly towards the top.