Hiking in the Highlands can be a very magical experience, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. A lot of people have had their lives cut short whilst hiking in the Highlands, so read on to find out more about keeping yourself safe in remote rural Scotland.
What should I do if hiking in the Highlands?
Before you head out, make sure people know where you are going. You need to tell them the route you’ll be taking and when you plan to return so they know when to take action. Don’t go into the hills alone and research the area before you begin your journey. If the weather forecasts don’t look too promising, you may wish to reschedule your trip. Snow can be very dangerous, and even if it’s not snowing when you head out you may be faced with melting snow and ice. If there has been torrential rain you could be met with mud slides. Make sure you know when sunset is and give yourself enough time to get off hills. It can take longer to descend a hike if the terrain is treacherous. Hiking in hot weather can be just as dangerous as exploring the Highlands in cold temperatures.
You also need to wrap up warm to avoid wind-chill, which can be fatal. Wear broken in walking boots and opt for thermal underwear. Check all your equipment is working beforehand. You need to have access to working equipment like torches, GPS systems and phones.
Help is at hand if you do have an accident whilst out walking and it is not your fault. If you were walking through an area managed by a local authority and it wasn’t maintained properly, you may be able to claim compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping people get compensation for accidents and injuries that they didn’t cause since 2000.
Are you ready to take action?
Don’t dispose of or delete any evidence related to your accident as it could prove indispensable. You will be under no obligation to proceed if we think you do have a case, but you can rely on us to provide you with the best standard of legal representation possible if we do think you have a case. You can reach us today by calling 0800 689 0500 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re on your mobile, so why wait any longer to get in touch if you have had an accident whilst out walking in the Highlands or anywhere else?
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice