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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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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

I have a cunning plan...

Ive booked 2 weeks off for visiting Scotland and Wales.If the weathers looking iffy in May we will swap weeks...and go later in the year....  I don't mind the rain it just makes Scotland look even more stunning.Just as long as it doesn't snow like last year.. and it was freaking cold..:wacko:

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

Scotland...

and Wales, Mrs Hewitt.... not giving yourself much of a chance of 'two glorious weeks' there are you?:biggrin:. I know the rain isn't everything, but when you know how great both them Countries are for bikes on Sunny,warm days,it's a real pisser when you look out in the morning and see yourself below the cloud cover.:upset:

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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

Oldish

Not back to back holidays...  i have to plan my holidays so far in advance its silly...   i carnt drop and go so it is a bit of a gamble..... 

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Jeni4

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Jeni4 says:

Midges

What midges? :tongue:

 'Care to go out for a bite?' by Farris, Joseph

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MadKwakaMax

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MadKwakaMax says:

as the

others have said Skin so soft helps ,but I go before the end of May and after the start/mid of Sept and, touch wood ,have had no problems other than a crusty visor .So just take something to clean it with whilst you're out and about .

 As for the weather I've had some corking and some real miserable in those weeks ,so if you can go ad-hoc you stand a fairer chance .

And don't swipe your glove across your dirty visor like I did in my early biking days:wacko:!

Max x

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Boult

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Boult says:

Avon

Skin So Soft - 'Woodland Fresh' apparently.


either that or take up cigar smoking :blink:

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SlowLearner

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SlowLearner says:

Thanks for all the replies here!

Comrades -

Some great information on these midges, thanks a lot.   Will get the misses to read through it all too.  Was away for the weekend, hoped to get a couple of answers, but I'm still reading through them all!

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obewan

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obewan says:

OI Preunit - NO!!!!

Find yourself in Reading ! One should be so lucky.

The HG was the pub we used to use on a Saturday lunchtime when I was a school kid in Reading. There used to be a really old black and white timber restaurant/hotel opposite, and just up from Jackson's corner. Oh and the Rising Sun opposite teh Forbury gardens was one of the pubs frequented by the Windsor chapter of the Angels back then.

Not been in town for 20+ years - only to the Madjeski for a few Reading FC games.

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