midges in scotland

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  1. Adria 5

    Adria 5 Read Only Funster

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    hi Are the little blighters bad up scotland i am doing a tour off yorkshire next year might venture across the border heard they are a pain:wub: any tips !

    Ray
     
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    :Eek!: I was up there a couple of weeks ago around Loch Lomond & Fort William. My son Simon got bit to death. I am told that Avon 'Ever So Soft - Green' is the thing to use. :Wink:
     
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    Across the boarder from Yorkshire would be Durham or Cumbria (in old money) :Laughing: we used Avon Skin so Soft in the past but didn't take it to Scotland last week as there was supposed to be negligible midge activity, if that was negligible I do not want to see nuisance.

    http://www.midgeforecast.co.uk/2007/default_map.asp

    Ralph
     
  4. bannister339

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    They are only 'little flies'.

    :help:

    One of the most ferocious biters is the Highland Biting Midge, Culicoides impunctatus. This is known in Gaelic as "Meanbh-chuileag" which means "tiny fly".
    Lets get it straight.
    THE MIDGE does not come out when there is a breeze, it does not lik dry conditions but prefers humid conditions, if you sweat you are doomed, just stay in your van and drink wine, this is better than Avon.
    If you want mor info copy and paste this http://www.wyrdology.com/edinburgh/midges/index.html[/url]

    Scotland welcome visitors, the last ones we had were delicious.!!!!
    :drink:
     
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    We were in Keilder Water in June this year, and the midges were unbelievable!!!! My husband tried to fill our water tank at 5pm and his face was completely covered before he had finished, I had to rush out and give him a damp teatowel to try and get them off. They spoiled the visit for us and it was almost impossible to go out of the van from late afternoon. We bought jungle strength plug ins which controlled them inside the motorhome, but clearing them out in their hundreds from every window and crevice took ages.

    Having said all that the Keilder Water site is very good and the Bird of Prey sanctuary was fantastic, worth the trip on its own.]
     
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    Bannister!
    I like your way of thinking!
    Not so sure about Wine in Scotland though!
    Much rather have a Dram or two!:Rofl1:
     
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    Eat Marmite .. :Wink:
     
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    I do, but we were talking about midges weren't we? :Rofl1:
     
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    Many people claim that taking additional quantities of vitamin B1 before visiting the Highlands can help to make you less attractive to midges. Eating Marmite has also been claimed to help.. :Wink:

    Smoking also repels them but I wouldn't be too worried, the midge season is from April to Sept.. :thumb:

    http://www.midgeforecast.co.uk/2007/default_map.asp
     
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    One of the best ways to keep them away is to put the Scottish Flag on the back of your van, they normally only go for tourists.:Wink:
     
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    dead easy solution,

    go to wales instead :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I quite agree
     
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    he knows all about midges:Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    Set the Alarm clock to get you up before the midges get out of bed.
    March is ideal, especiallly when the Met Office issues a Servere Weather Warning. The midges and the Scots turn over and go to sleep leaving the roads empty. Well apart from the Snow Ploughs that is.
     

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    Cracking photo Zozzer ! Your own work? :thumb:
     
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    Yes, looking down Glencoe. It taken last March during our first trip up to Scotland.
    Definitely a good time of the year to avoid the midges and get the roads to yourself.
     
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    Its stunning !:notworthy:
     
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    Hi , We live in the Dumfries and Galloway area, (Moved here from England) we have been here 4 years, to date I can only recall two evenings where the Midges really sent us indoors, (Oh so soft Green does work ) we have toured and will continue to tour Scotland, Midges do sometimes abound in certain places especially where there are Lochs , streams (Burns ) and rivers also some forest area,s, they nearly always appear in the early evening ,but never for days at a time and I certainly wouldnt let them put me off touring Scotland , Try driving up the East coast in two days to the top say Wick,drive across the top then down the West coast taking two weeks or more to explore all the west coast has to offer, some of the scenery is stunning, and having lived near enough to Wales to tour around it for weeks on end, I can honestly say it doesnt hold a Candle to Scotland, Plus the Scots are ever so Friendly, one word of Advice , Scotland is ever so Green and Pleasant because it does Rain quiet frequently so come prepared and you wont be disappointed .
     
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    We also live in SW Scotland & have never had any problems with the Midges.:thumb:

    Except when we went Keilder Water in ENGLAND they were the worst I have seen :Eeek:

    As Corky said don't let them put you off, it's great up here, and it doesn't ALWAYS rain :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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