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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

As in all things where nature and weather are concerned, there are no hard and fast rules.

This might help https://www.smidgeup.com/midges/midge-season/

Check out the midge forecast which I beleive gets updated. Presently, Glencoe and North Ballachulish are showing as hotspots.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

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This is true, I have never experienced midges on any visit to Mull.
I have. And on other Islands. See the photos of Eigg islanders wearing netting over their wide brimmed hats in the midge season.
But go before the summer midge season starts. April and May are good.
You seem to be getting the in laws from hell.Good luck.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

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Oh no it doesn't!

If it did, then specialist insect repellent makers would duplicate the formulation.

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A popular myth around here is using Irish Spring soap. That's my usual soap and body wash but it doesn't stop them attacking me. This summer anything less than 20 bites is a good outing for me. I must have been close to 100 bites photographing the Canada Day fireworks on the 1st of July.

SWMBO is usually ignored by the mosquitos and black flies but the mosquitos are attacking her this summer.

All my visits to Scotland were spring and autumn so I don't remember the midges being a problem.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

I have a sneaking suspicion that if you drink plenty of whisky, the midges will leave you alone. This doesn't really help if you're driving though.

Oban isn't too far from Fort William - in itself a pretty unremarkable place (if I'm being kind) but Ben Nevis is right next to it, the commando mermorial is just up the road, the Road to the Isles heads west from there and goes through Glenfinnan (past the viaduct and monument - I recommend seeing those around sunset/dusk if the weather's nice, it will certainly lessen the crowds).

You'll pass Castle Stalker on the way to Fort William from Oban too.

You're could make it to Loch Ness in a few hours if you wanted to, aswell.

Ardnamurchan is lovely and pretty quiet. The Corran Ferry is apparently out of action at the moment though, so check on that before you go (there are other ways of getting there, but that's the quickest). And if you do go to Ardnamurchan, beware of the jaggy rocks at the side of the road - I pulled over a little too far into a passing place once and the rock tore right through the sidewall of the front tyre - that was a long 5 hour drive back to Edinburgh on a spacesaver that night (it was a Sunday before a bank holiday, so I wouldn't have been able to get it changed anywhere closer).

Best bet, I find, bin the sat nav, buy a road atlas and just have look at where looks good.

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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

The complete answer to the midge problem is one of these:

http://www.midgejacket.co.uk/shop/beatons-midge-jacket/

They're a bit stuffy though in the warm humid conditions that midges like.

I guess some of you that have not encountered midges may think that they can't be all that bad - but believe me they are! I've seen them in numbers where they look like smoke and you can't avoid breathing them in, and the constant prick, prick, pricking of their bites drives you crazy!

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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

Smidge has always worked for me.

https://www.smidgeup.com/
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

If you get to Skye then this place would be worth a stop off for tea cake and photo chat.
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Re Midges - the islands are the best place in Scotland to avoid them because they won't fly around in winds > 6 mph, and winds < 6 mph are a rare event in the islands
It's a shame nobody told the midges on Skye......
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It's a shame nobody told the midges on Skye......
Should've been more specific. I was thinking about the outer Hebrides as I was on a "Barra/Mingulay" train of thought.

We had a week by the shore of Loch Carron one July, it was damp and not very windy and I didn't get midge'd. Very weird. But I usually get destroyed on Skye, landscape shots in early mornings can be a bit testing .
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

I've heard it's the carbon dioxide we exhale that attracts the midge, just need someone to invent some sort of face mask coupled to a CO2 collector. Pink for the ladies, blue for the lads.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

The ruins of Kilchurn Castle, seen across Loch Awe, is a magnificent view and you must, simply must, visit St Conan's Kirk, also alongside Loch Awe. It is more like a fairy tale castle than a church!

Something to do on a wet day - the Cruachan visitor centre, including a guided tour deep within the mountain to learn about the remarkable hydro electric pumped storage scheme.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

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It's a shame nobody told the midges on Skye......
You must have been there at the wrong time of year.

I spent a week on Skye one Easter and didn't see a midge. The only rain we got was one morning. And it didn't matter that morning as I was stood in a stream with a 5x4 on a tripod.

On a side note, having had hundreds of mosquito bites this summer SWMBO informed me this morning that there's been West Nile virus recorded locally. She'd read a news report and forgot to mention it.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

I would also recommend a trip to Glenn Etive, stunning scenery and red deer. The route along to the loch at the end provides some great photos opportunities as does the loch itself. We loved it there when we visited.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

We didn't suffer any midges when we visited Oban in August (2014?). Perhaps the frequent rain & strong winds kept them away.
Due to a badly timed foot injury we didn't do any hill walking, and we didn't visit the Islands but we still found plenty to do!
Hopefully we'll have another visit when we're fitter!
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

We are only there for a week and in the middle of that we have to fit the wedding and all that entails in, mores the pity. Certainly plenty to think about, talk about spoilt for choice. Once again thanks to you all for the great response to this thread its much appreciated, Ian W.
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