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Scotland. Advice please.

This September my son and his girlfriend are getting married in of all places Scotland. He/We are from Northampton, she from Norfolk and they are at present living in sin in Silverstone, {I know, I pray for their souls every night}. All of her family are refusing to go as they wanted to see her married in their local village church but it has been her dream since childhood to be married beside a Scottish Loch. I think that they are using this as an excuse to get out of paying their share of the wedding but that's just cynical old me. Now to the point of my question. They are getting married just outside of Oban and as I have never been to Scotland in all my seventy years I would like some advice from the members here on what I should see and do in the area whilst there. We plan to stay at least a week. Thanks, Ian W.
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This September my son and his girlfriend are getting married in of all places Scotland. He/We are from Northampton, she from Norfolk and they are at present living in sin in Silverstone, {I know, I pray for their souls every night}. All of her family are refusing to go as they wanted to see her married in their local village church but it has been her dream since childhood to be married beside a Scottish Loch. I think that they are using this as an excuse to get out of paying their share of the wedding but that's just cynical old me. Now to the point of my question. They are getting married just outside of Oban and as I have never been to Scotland in all my seventy years I would like some advice from the members here on what I should see and do in the area whilst there. We plan to stay at least a week. Thanks, Ian W.
Oban itself is a fantastic place to have walks around and take photographs. It's also a ferry port for the Island service that serve the nearby islands, which if you buy an island hopper ticket (it may have changed name) makes for an enjoyable trip out, there's several you can do as day trips, but if you want to go to the top of Harris it'll take a little longer, you can go as a foot passenger or take the car.

Also be aware of the mosquito season, they are a real menace around there last week of May onwards - though Avon Skin-so-soft really works!
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

You aren't too far from Glencoe, some of the most stunning scenery in Britain.
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Avon Skin-so-soft really works!
Oh no it doesn't!

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

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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

I'd certainly recommend a trip to Barra and hence a boat trip to Mingulay on Donald's boat(s) - http://barrafishingcharters.com/home.html Leave the car in Oban, a couple of nights should do the trick. Mingulay is a magical place, I've had a weeks camping there.

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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

A trip to Isle of Mull is a must. It's less than an hour by ferry from Oban, and you would need a whole day to do a round trip of the island. In particular, the west coast cliffs are spectacular. I have been to Mull approximately twenty times on week-end trips, and on most occasions have seen otters, and a few times have seen Golden Eagles and White Tailed (Sea) Eagles. You can also take the short ferry journey to Iona from the South West tip of Mull.
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Also be aware of the mosquito season, they are a real menace around there last week of May onwards - though Avon Skin-so-soft really works!
Mosquitoe's... even if they exist, are the least of your worries as they are as rare as the proverbial gold bars found on the streets of London. Even if they do, the Scottish Midges would eat them for breakfast starters before going onto the main course... called humans.

As Jim has remarked, I don't think there is any all-round deterrent that really works. I'm one of the lucky ones, as I very rarely got bitten, whereas my wife would be a walking bean-feast.

In the Far East, Tiger Beer was considered by many to ward off the beasties. Then again, it didn't work for everyone even if followed by a chaser... after a few of each, you probably didn't really care.

So, enough of the piddle-taking... this might prove more helpful https://www.campsites.co.uk/guides/c...camping#midges
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

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
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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
This is true, I have never experienced midges on any visit to Mull.
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You can also take the short ferry journey to Iona from the South West tip of Mull.
Or the even shorter (100 meters) trip across to Ulva, to the tea room and small museum.

The tiny island of Ulva is notable as the birthplace of Lachlan Macquarie - 'The Father of Australia':

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lachlan_Macquarie

His mausoleum is on Mull.

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Does the Isle of Skye count as an island, I was eaten alive by the midges.
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No, it's a British Protectorate and it's joined to the mainland. You need a fairly flat place stuck right out in the ocean.
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Yes, the clue's in the name - unlike the 'Isle of Thanet', the 'Isle of Purbeck' and the 'Isle of Portland!

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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

Thanks to all who have taken the trouble to reply. Oban is a definite and I did not realise Glencoe was so near, less than an hour away by car, so that's a definite as well. The wedding is the third week in September so I was hoping the Midge problem would be gone by then, can anyone enlighten me please. Thanks again, regards, Ian W.
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... I was hoping the Midge problem would be gone by then...




(lessened, but the season has extended to most of the year)
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