Midge Worry

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  1. ROB1CHELSEA1

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    Will a hat and attached net be sufficient against the dreaded MIDGES when we visit the highlands of bonny Scotland in early August?? or am i over reacting:Doh:
    Trip starts in Edinburgh then up to the Orkney Islands and then driving down the west coast. Any advise would be good:thumb:

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    The only answer I have ever found works well is this..

    As you get to the A69, turn around and head south !! Never once failed me ! :thumb:
     
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    Just back from Glen Nevis , Fort William and there were loads of the blighters , looks like a bad year for the beasties .... Avon skin so soft helped keep them at bay ...... Just.
     
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    Did a tour of the highlands and islands a few years ago with a tent as we pulled into site on Sky it looked like a bee keepers convention with the gear people were wearing. Soon saw why as there were billions of the ravanous beasties at us as we put tent up the midges sprays helped a little but the zip up bedrooms were best after killing off the few that got in we were safe for the night except for a venture to the site wc where you couldnt see through the windows for them ! next morning just quickly threw the tent unfolded in the back of our pick up with rear cab windows open and drove away fast .You could see clouds of them blowing out of the back cab.

    Dont be to put off though we only lost a couple of pints of blood :BigGrin:
     
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    We live in Scotland and tend to choose to go North at less humid times of the year, however, we bought Smidge and found it pretty effective.
    You are best away from inland water but by the sea can be quite good if it's breezy. Also, remember that anti histamines help the itch.
    Have fun!
     
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    Never had an issue in the Edinburgh area. Avon skin so soft is really good at keeping them at bay. :Smile:

    Enjoy your visit.:BigGrin:
     
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    Try looking at the Scotish Midge Forecast http://2010.midgeforecast.co.uk

    Brian
     
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    You shouldn't have a problem in Orkney the breezes keep them away, I'm told the island of Hoy can be bad, we are just back from 3 weeks on Orkney and experienced none!

    Enjoy :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    You will be fine in the Edinburgh but when you reach the wonderful countryside a good midge repellent is recommended. It shouldn't spoil you r trip though. Although not sold as a midge repellent, try Avon's "skin so soft" moisturiser - sounds odd, but it really works. Enjoy the trip.
     
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    No, you're not over-reacting! The net will do fine but you can't wear it all the time you can also get net tops. Skin so soft does nothing for me I prefer SMIDGE, or life expeditions, unfortunately the latter melts nail varnish :Eeek:
    We just got back from Arran, I only got 1 bite using smidge and that was on my eyelid where I prob didn't have any. We also use a mosquito coil on the table when we're sitting outside.
    As someone else said, you'll not really have too much probs until you hit the west coast, but do come here coz it is beautiful and the other natives are quite friendly :Wink:
     
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    It's easy - visit the west coast in spring or autumn and spend the summer on the east side. Simples...:Smile:

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    I worked in Scotland a lot and everybody on site wore Avon skin so soft


    Andy
     
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    Dont worry skin so soft is the way to go we have toured Scotland all times of the year and had no problems We are touring the first 2 weeks July Remember that the conditions in the weather has to be perfect for the midges (Warm and not a breath of wind ) now when does that hapeen in Scotland just tour the west coast and you will keep coming back
     
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