Scottish midges

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  1. trevtherev

    trevtherev Read Only Funster

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    When is the best time of year to visit Scotland and avoid the midges yet still having a chance of warmish weather.
     
  2. Chockswahay

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    May :) (or maybe September) :)
     
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  3. Jackspeak

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    September I have heard, and that's from a fellow motorhomer!
     
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    We like May especially NW.
     
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    End August Into September we've been several times at that time of year never been troubled by midges..
     
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    Another for September, can get very pleasant weather then too:xcool:
     
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    We were told, before end of May or after end of August, as suggested by Chocks (y)

    Cant believe how right they were, stopping at Kinlochewe CC site (Torridon area) 31st May no issues, 1st June had to move off site

    Now know not to park near bushes and avoid more obvious water (boggy areas)

    On a plus side, they do not like the sun rarely seen in warm or even hot weather, they also don't take off if wind is above 4mph

    Coast is generally better, but probably because it is typically breezy

    Islands seem to be good (except Skye) certainly the outer Hebrides have always as near as didn't matter midge free even in August

    Worst times of day are first and last light, so having a dog (as we do) doesn't help, needing to go out for last wee at night :)
     
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    Forget that don't like heat!

    Once walked round Loch Trool in blazing Sun with our Rottie.
    Stopped for an ice cream at the now gone camp site. His back shimmered with thousands of the little buggers !
    We also had many bites that day!
    Typical pregnant females!
     
  10. Kirsten

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    Agree with the timings- but also go to the west coast- gets the warmer weather and often very much warmer than the east. Try Avon Skin So soft to repel the midges that is what the locals use; and it works !
     
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    Having checked out the Midge Forecast, go one further and buy their repellent
    http://midgeforecast.co.uk/smidge/about-smidge
    Smidge has saved my sanity more than a few times (Him Indoors' opinion may differ but for reasons other than midge barrage!)
     

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