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SlowLearner

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SlowLearner says:

Scotland trip - midges?

Comrades -

Planning a spin up to Scotland,  and wondered what was the best time of year to avoid the midges.   They were bad enough in camping trips in the car, and that was during May and June. 

But I imagine they play buggery in your leathers, inside your helmet and so on, particularly if you need to allow some air in when it gets warm.

Do they let up a bit towards the end of Summer, or get worse then?   In short, when's the best time for a tour?

Thanks!

:sunglasses:

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ally600

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ally600 says:

the best advise i can give

is buy a couple of bottles of skin so soft off of the avon girl....................those wee buggers wont bother you with that on.....................many a camping trip saved with that stuff:wink:

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snev

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snev says:

Huh...

"When is the best time to avoid ..Minge" ?:shock:

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stevebaldy

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stevebaldy says:

ditto what ally

said, something the Army use, despite it sounding a bit odd........Camped at Loch Lomond a few years back, wished i'd have known that then!!!! :upset:.:upset:......I did use midge repelant when I was invited on night time moth trapping (more interesting than you might think..)....and I was not popular, 'cos it kind of puts the said moths off too....oops! 

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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

Steve...

Moth trapping... ???? Is that the same as watching paint dry.?:lol::lol: :lol:

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stevebaldy

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stevebaldy says:

mrsh....

philestine!.:tongue:..i know, i know, very nerdy.....but get a few of these flapping around your head in the dark..:unsure:....

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stevebaldy

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stevebaldy says:

and one of fav

'daytime' moths....

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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

The

last moth looks just like a humming bird,beautiful.The thought of moths buzzing around my head let alone getting tangled up in my hair would have me screaming like a big girl...   :ph43r:

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

SlowLearner

AS others have said, unfortunately the midge season mirrors the biking season up here May to Sept. (i'm sure there are probably some 'real midges' who claim to fly all year round and look down on the 'fair-weather' midges.:tongue:.)

The worst months are usually June, July & August. so May is probably a good time to come (quite often May can be the best month for weather too). The 'Skin So Soft' stuff from Avon is a good tip (at the Carbeth they used to always have some on hand for folk sitting outside in the evenings... quite amusing seeing all the rufty tufty bikers slathering themselves with Avon 'Skin So Soft' lotion :tongue: - bear in mind it's not a 'cure' ..if the midges are out in force you will still get bitten... but not quite so much:winkie:) Smoking a fag also helps, but taking up smoking probably isn't the best of remedies!

To be fair the midges don't come out if there is a breeze and they don't like sunshine..... I have never been troubled by them whilst out riding ...the problem comes if you stop and sit outside at dusk in the evenings...even then it can vary from spot to spot ...depending on how close you are to water. You can be plagued at one place ...but a few miles down the road be fine.:winkie: 

Don't forget if you are up here anywhere near Glasgow on a Sunday (or north west of Glasgow) we are out riding most weeks, so feel free to join us for a day's fun..:winkie:...or just to meet up if you prefer. We are normally out around Callander / Tyndrum / Glen Coe / Inveraray / Lochgilphead (Same goes for you and Mr H too, Mrs. H:winkie:)

Cheers

Kam       

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dave_c

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dave_c says:

Steve

I NEVER leave a light on and a window open on summer evenings in case any of your 'friends' come inside! :shock:

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importrider

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importrider says:

SL

midges are around most of the time as Dave C says but most common as the day cools down towards evening

during the day their not bad and even better if your on the move as you will kill most of them as you fly along.

apparently oh so soft moisturiser works well but i find chain smoking and standing next to a diabetic works just as well.

enjoy your trip.:smile

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