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Feb 10

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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?



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Jan 10

Posts: 1712

albert88 says:


hey slowlearner , we are going up Scotland the 3rd week in may , we went 2 years ago at the same time and midges were not too much of a problem , as has been said the avon stuff is good also we had some jos-stick type things when we were chilling outside our digs.

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Aug 07

Posts: 6169

stevebaldy says:


I NEVER leave a light on and a window open on summer evenings in case any of your 'friends' come inside......ha ha, sounds like my oldest, a strapping 22year old who screams like a baby if a moth comes near him, had one in the car recently when he was driving!...:blink::shock:

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May 09

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ally600 says:


if your camping get 12 ft of hose and breath through that...............put the other end of the hose in someone elses tent and have a giggle listening to your neighbour slap himself stupid all night........................a right laugh if there is a few of you doing it to the first one of your party that passes out:wink::lol: 

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Jan 11

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snev says:

Oh Midges...

:mad:I shared a tent with about 65 billion of the things last year at Snowden.:mad:

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Jan 11

Posts: 204

frazmataz says:

Skin so Soft

I'm pretty sure they sell some at the Green Welly. :wink:

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Jan 11

Posts: 8501

aehewitt says:


With a bit of luck we will catch ya this year.....

Looking forward to a bit of this...:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:  

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Aug 02

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eatcs01 says:


Get some Avon skin so soft. The SAS swear by it.

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Jan 10

Posts: 3509

Beelady says:


I may not recover from the shock of that monster. I, too, scream like a girl if one of those flappy bastards comes near me.

We have swarms of hummingbird hawk moths here in the summer. I always plant a few of those mini size petunias for them to enjoy.

We also have midges most of the year round. The chemist in New Romney was still selling Quinine in the 1960's, which was meant to deter them. I never sit outside in the evenings. They can even bite through clothing and I seem to taste pretty good. A mosquito net is the best defence on warm nights, or you are constsntly woken up by the horrid things stabbing away at any uncovered skin. I have not yet discovered a deterrent.

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Aug 02

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Kamchat says:


'With a bit of luck we will catch ya this year.....'

Look forward to it.

Good pics that last one of morris taken on the A85 between Tyndrum and Dalmally by any chance? looks familiar.....and one of our favourite set of curves.:winkie:



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Apr 08

Posts: 9768

old(ish)git says:

the big mistake...

you are making is actually 'planning' a trip to Scotland. The best way to do it is watch Country file, and when they say it's 'going to be gorgeous all next week in Scotland', you drop whatever you are doing and go.....of course you might have to wait a year or two.:sunglasses:

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