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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.
The first week of May 1987 my tent was blown down by strong winds at Glenbriittle campsite. When the wind subsided and I was able to re-pitch the midges devoured me! Took very few photos that week; it rained most of the time and I was more intent on climbing the Coullins, guided by Gerry Ackroyd.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

Beautiful place to visit

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/t...s/seil-p235691

...you can even say you've walked across the Atlantic

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I'd take a decent macro lens, you'll never be short of subject mater.
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I'd take a decent macro lens, you'll never be short of subject mater.
Yes, close-ups of raindrops on grass, raindrops on leaves, raindrops on the car bonnet .... you get the idea!
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

...and the Midges...
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

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Yes, close-ups of raindrops on grass, raindrops on leaves, raindrops on the car bonnet .... you get the idea!
That's a very cynical post. You forgot snowflakes on grass, snowflakes on leaves etc.

We've had a glorious November day today.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

Don't miss Mull, and if you travel up the West Side toward Tobamoray you may even catch a ferry out to Staffa. The volcanic shapes are a wonder of the world. The sea Eagles come next in line. I have never seen such an ungainly take off by any bird Its like the fall out of the tree. Tobamoray come third.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

Lots of offers from Englishmen.
Midgies.
Skin so soft works for me. Any decent grocers in the Highlands will have a fantastic display of things which work for people but it does tend to be different stuff for different people.
As Para Handy used to say 'on the damp evenings you could see the auld yins teachin' the young yins the grips'.
They can be around in September.
And there only reckoned to be 47 million for each person.

Lochs.
You don't say which loch they are getting married beside. sea or freshwater?
Lochs Leven, Creran, lower Loch Etive, Feochan, Melfort Awe and Fyne are all worth exploring.

Sites
Kilchurn as mentioned, Bonawe, Dunollie, Ganavan, Glen Nant, Glen Orchy
are just a few

Islands
Lots of lovely islands but since Road Equivalent Tariff (RET)was introduced on the West Coast about 6 or 7 years ago, the ferry fares have halved. This with Outlander, Spring Watch and a few other TV things has meant the islands are very busy now. Don't go unless you have accommodation booked. Even on Skye people are sleeping in cars due to a lack of places to stay. E.g. The 'fairy pools' on Skye now have up to 150 vehicles in the area of the carpark (capacity 25) due to being something that was a 'must see' in a couple of books.
Much further north the North Coast 500 route has also suffered in being compared to Route 66 in the US.

A day trip to Lismore from Port Appin is a good idea (take a picnic) or just south of Oban, Kerrera is also well worth a wander.
The ferries do nonlanding cruises to Colonsay, Colll and Tiree if you just wish a wee taster.

I know it sounds a bit off putting but do come. My recommendation would be to travel south from Oban towards Lochgilphead, not too busy, some wonderful vistas and a number of interesting deadend roads to find out about. 'Darkest Argyll' I always enjoy it.
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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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Oh yes it does!

I feel a session of "it's behind you" coming on!

I live on the edge of the fens and suffer quite badly from insect bites - histamine reaction, similar to hay fever but in the form of huge swellings at the bite site - so I've been looking for insect repellants that work, a lot don't for me, and was pushed in the direction of this. The reason I believe it works is it's a citrus oil base - and this is also the base for a lot of other repellants!

The modern urban myth about skin so soft is it's the repellant of choice for the SAS! No idea about the validity of this!

I also believe that the repellants do vary in effectiveness dependant upon your own chemical balance so some that work for you may not work for me and vice versa.
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Re: Scotland. Advice please.

You can take wildlife watching boat trips from Oban or Clachan Seil to visit the Corryvreckan whirlpool - well worth it provided you're not prone to sea-sickness.
Skye is actually quite a long drive from Oban and would take the best part of 3 hours driving each way. (Traffic on Highland roads can be frustratingly slow, but it is a stunningly beautiful drive.) And Skye itself is usually choked with tourists. Mull is much nearer and easier for you to get to from Oban, and if you're looking for a day trip from Oban, go to Mull and then on to visit Iona, then drive back along the west side of Mull.
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The modern urban myth about skin so soft is it's the repellant of choice for the SAS!
It's called a 'myth' because it's a myth that it works!

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You can take wildlife watching boat trips from Oban or Clachan Seil to visit the Corryvreckan whirlpool - well worth it provided you're not prone to sea-sickness.
Corryvreckan is on my wish list. I'm intending to backpack to it, but Jura is rather long!

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Don't miss Mull, and if you travel up the West Side toward Tobamoray you may even catch a ferry out to Staffa.
I've camped on Staffa for a couple of days. When all the day trippers go home it's great to stand on the highest point of the island and see the sea all around, and just feel the isolation.

Fingal's Cave is stunning:

http://www.staffatours.com/destinati.../fingals-cave/

I went in when the day trippers had gone, but was a bit 'leery' of going a long way in, as the basalt surface was 'greasy' and if I went into 60ft of turbulent water I'd be in serious trouble!

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Lots of lovely islands but since Road Equivalent Tariff (RET)was introduced on the West Coast about 6 or 7 years ago, the ferry fares have halved. This with Outlander, Spring Watch and a few other TV things has meant the islands are very busy now. Don't go unless you have accommodation booked. Even on Skye people are sleeping in cars due to a lack of places to stay. E.g. The 'fairy pools' on Skye now have up to 150 vehicles in the area of the carpark (capacity 25) due to being something that was a 'must see' in a couple of books.
Much further north the North Coast 500 route has also suffered in being compared to Route 66 in the US.
I'd been thinking it was a long time since I'd been to Skye, and that maybe I should go back but I'd seen stories lately about the number of visitors, and it kind of put me off. It was 2010 when I was last there, and there were only a few people wandering around the Fairy Pools. I think I'd hate if it were so busy.

Part of me wonders whether this increase in numbers is partly an internet thing people endlessly sharing posts about must-see places etc (I'm aware of the irony, considering where I'm posting). Although the exchange rate probably contributes, it happens other places too apparently Iceland has been getting something like a 20% increase in visitors every year. It was beautifully quiet when I was there in 2010 (again).

But, yes do come and visit, all you need is a map and a packed lunch to have a good time.

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