More and more people have discovered the joys of walking during lockdown. Even just 30 minutes of walking a day can unlock a host of physical and mental health benefits. Of course, it helped a bit that the initial lockdown period coincided with some balmy summer weather, but, with the right clothing and footwear, you can enjoy an exhilarating winter walk. The added feeling of accomplishment that comes with overcoming the elements gives you all the more reason to indulge in a warming post-walk soup or hot drink to celebrate your achievement!  
 
From its home in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, The House of Bruar is surrounded by some of the best walks in Scotland with the most spectacular scenery the area has to offer. These walks may be limited to those on our doorstep right now, but there are plenty ways to find out about walks closer to you while you plan your trip to see us when travel restrictions are lifted. Your local council should have a list of walks on its website, or try organisations such as Walking Britain, The Ramblers, The National Trust or your local Wildlife Trust
 
How far and how often should you walk?
You don’t always need to brush up on your map-reading skills and set off to conquer the latest Munro, there are plenty of path-based walks that the whole family – and the dog - can take part in. And, whether you bundle the kids up in woollies and wellies for a forest adventure or strike out on your own over hills and glens, The House of Bruar has everything that you need in its countrywear and sporting collections to keep you warm, dry and effortlessly stylish every step of the way. 
 
So read on, wrap up and get out to the great outdoors, and, before you know it, you’ll have walked through winter, and spring will be bursting through the clouds.   

 
Essential kit
The Home of Country Clothing, The House of Bruar can kit you out from top to toe before you set off! 

 
Footwear
The right footwear makes all the difference whatever level of walk you’re planning. The House of Bruar stocks a wide range of boots from high-performance hiking boots to kid’s wellies so that you can put your best-dressed feet forward as you set off on your adventures.  
Ladies 
 
Ladies Meindl Caracas GTX Walking Boot
A sturdy addition to any walking boot and shoe collection, this comfortable traditional walking boot is ideal for use on and off trail.

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Meindl Caracas GTX Walking Boot

Meindl caracas gtx

 
Men's
Men's Le Chameau Lite Waterproof Boot
The super-lightweight waterproof Le Chameau Lite Hunting boot will keep your feet warm and dry whatever the Scottish weather throws at you! 100% waterproof and breathable thanks to the 5-layer Le Chameau LCX lining, these 10” stalking boots are made with environmentally friendly Terracare full-grain leather. Based on motocross technology designed in partnership with Michelin, the durable and high-performance Deep Forest sole will take you on your off-road adventures in safety and style.

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Le Chameau Lite Waterproof Boot

le cahmeau lite mens boot

 
Kids
Hunter Kids Classic Boot
The Hunter Kids Classic boot is a specially designed wellington based on the famous Hunter Original but with a number of innovations introduced for growing feet. A flatter sole and rounder foot provide improved balance and grip for little legs, while a widened upper leg make them easier to take off and on. Handcrafted from natural rubber with a textile lining, the Hunter Kids Classic boot provides a waterproof boot for children that excels in every respect.

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Kids Classic Boot
kids hunter wellies


 
Waterproof trousers 
Not every walk demands a pair of waterproof trousers, but you’ll be grateful to have these rainy day basics to hand for those inevitable wet weather days.  
 
Ladies
Ladies Harkila Retrieve Trousers
Classic yet hardwearing, these Retrieve trousers from Harkila are both functional and feminine. A double press button closure and anti-slip internal waistband allow for an effortlessly comfortable fit, and the windproof and waterproof membrane incorporated into the fabric keep the chill out with ease. With easy entry top pockets and thigh pockets, these trousers are designed to excel.

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Ladies Harkila Retrieve Trousers
ladies waterproof trousers

 
Men's
Schoffel Snipe Overtrouser
The Snipe overtrouser from Schoffel is an impressively designed essential for beating the inclement British weather. Crafted from Schoffel’s own two layer Venturi laminate fabric with classic check lining, this overtrouser is waterproof, windproof, and yet breathable, with fully taped seams. Two front zipped pockets, articulated knees and zipped boot gussets with popper closures make the piece stunningly versatile.

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Schoffel Snipe Overtrouser

men's schoffel snipe over trouser


 
Jackets
From cosy coats to sporting outerwear with all the technical bells and whistles, The House of Bruar has your back when it comes to chilly weather cover-ups. 
 
Ladies
Lebek Powder Hood Down Jacket
This powder hood down reversible jacket from Lebek is highly versatile and ideal for those days where the weather is anything but predictable. With a smooth quality finish, it features a cosy high collar, front zip fastening and two hand zipped pockets, plus it has the added benefit of being reversible for two looks in one!

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lebek reversible jacket
 
 
Men's
Men’s Yeti Akkarvik Down Jacket
With an innovative thermal bonded construction for extra warmth, the Akkarvik down jacket from Yeti will keep the weather at bay with ease. This seamless design prevents water leakage at contact points, and the waterproof two-way stretch shell, zipped front and zipped side pockets mean you’ll be ready for even the heaviest downpour.

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Yeti Akkarvik Down Jacket

mens yeti jacket

 
Kids  
The North Face Children's Elian Triclimate Jacket
The weather definitely won't stop their play this winter thanks to the Children's Elian Triclimate Jacket from The North Face. When out and about in wintery weather, nothing will adapt as well to the changing conditions as this three-in-one jacket featuring a waterproof outer shell and cosy inner fleece that can be worn together or as separates. Complete with a 3-piece fixed hood, encased binding to the cuffs and zipped hand pockets, it is an essential outerwear option for any young adventurer!

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Children's Elian Triclimate Jacket

Kids northface jacket

 
Dogs
Barbour Wax Dog Coat
This wax dog coat from Barbour is perfect for providing your pooch with extra protection against the elements. Inspired by the traditional Barbour wax jacket, this dog coat channels classic country heritage style and features a corduroy collar, an adjustable underbody buckle strap and a front Velcro strap to ensure a comfortable fit. The Barbour logo is also featured on a leather badge adding unmistakable authenticity to this stylish coat.

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Barbour Wax Dog Coat

Barbour dog coat

 
Hats and gloves 
Inject a splash of colour into your winter wardrobe with our fun, cosy and high-performing hats and gloves. 
 
Ladies
Ladies Cashmere and Wool Bobble Hat
Top off your favourite winter ensembles with a touch of fun and warmth with this classic bobble hat. Made in a wonderfully warm mix of pure new wool and cashmere for extra softness, it's a definite must-have for the colder months.

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Cashmere and Wool Bobble Hat

cashmere and wool bobble hat

 
Gauzy Cashmere Gloves
Cosy up this winter with our Scottish gauzy cashmere gloves. Made from the finest natural fibres which keep your hands luxuriously soft and warm, these gloves can be bought on their own or as part of a fabulous set with our matching scarf and hat. Easy to look after and extremely comfortable, these gloves make a great gift for ladies of all ages.

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Gauzy Cashmere Gloves

cashmere gloves

 
Men's
Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Roll Cuff Beanie
Brave bad weather in style with the Sealskinz waterproof cold weather roll cuff beanie. Made in three layers for maximum weatherproofing, warmth and durability, a microfleece lining seals in heat and helps control moisture while a stretchy acrylic outer fabric gives increased comfort.

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Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Roll Cuff Beanie

Sealskinz roll cuff beanie


Sealskinz Windproof All-Weather Knitted Glove
Keep chilly winds at bay with the Sealskinz windproof all-weather knitted glove, a three-layer glove that's warm, durable and completely windproof. A microfleece lining seals in heat and provides excellent moisture control, while its high-stretch construction gives increased dexterity.

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Sealskinz Windproof All-Weather Knitted Glove

sealskin gloves

 

Bags
Your essential walking companion whatever you choose to carry, from bright nylon backpacks to seriously rugged rucksacks, The House of Bruar has bags of bags to choose from.
 
Hunter Original Nylon Backpack
The practical Hunter Original Nylon Backpack is the ideal companion for outdoor adventures as well as being a stylish solution for students and school pupils. Its water-resistant nylon exterior and zip-around closure keeps contents dry in light rain and the backpack also features a padded mesh back panel for breathability. A separate laptop space and handy elasticated external pockets enhance its roomy 16L interior.

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Hunter Original Nylon Backpack

Hunter backpack


 
Waxed Canvas Rucksack
Whether you’re venturing into the great outdoors or just want a daily companion for your morning commute, this waxed canvas rucksack is the ideal choice. Made from incredibly durable waxed canvas with full-grain leather trim, it’s waterproof, hardwearing and has a vintage charm that harks back to a timeless sense of bygone style. Large enough to fit a 15” inch laptop, it also includes an internal zipped pocket for secure storage of valuables.

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British Bag company wax satchel
 
 
Finishing touches
No walk would be complete without a stop for a hot drink or a warming dram. Pack a thermos or a hip flask into your kit bag for smiles all round. 
 
Harris Tweed Hip Flask
Handmade in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Harris Tweed’s reputation for quality and craftsmanship is known throughout the world. This distinctive hip flask combines Harris Tweed with rich leather and stainless steel to create a unique flask that’s sure to turn heads.

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Harris Tweed hipflasks


 
Some walks to try out your kit on
With the help of the Walk Highlands website, we’ve picked out a couple of simple local routes for you and the family discover when you’re back in the area. 

 
Falls of Bruar 
Walk highlights
Starts and ends at The House of Bruar, which means that, under normal circumstances, you can use what the Walk Highlands website describes as “the poshest toilets in the Highlands” before you set off! We say, why stop there? Get your day off on the right foot with a hearty Scottish breakfast in our family restaurant.
 
What to look out for
There are plenty seats and viewing areas on this path-based walk which allow you to take in the spectacular glory of the Bruar waterfalls and dramatic gorge. 

Falls of bruar



Loch Faskally and the salmon ladder 
Walk highlights
There are lots of exciting elements that children will enjoy, including the stunning suspension bridge and salmon ladder at Pitlochry dam. Loch Faskally offers an unexpected oasis of peace near the bustle of this busy tourist town. 
 
What to look out for
At certain times of year (April to September) you’ll be able to see wild salmon leaping up the ladder at Pitlochry dam as they head upstream to reproduce.  

Pitlochry dam and salmon ladder
 


Glen Tilt viewpoint 
Walk highlights
This easy walk on quiet roads and tracks offers stunning views of Glen Tilt and the moors and forests that surround it.
 
What to look out for
The woodland sections are teeming with local wildlife – keep your eyes open for red squirrels. Look to the horizon to spot red deer roaming the hills.