First decent trip

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  1. SteveG

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    Well, we've had 3 short trips in the new van but head for Scotland on Sunday. We've now got 2 batteries, folding solar panel and a couple of gas bottles so should be prepared for anything Heading up the west coast and back down the east, have a couple of sites booked but plan a 3 night stay somewhere on Skye.
     
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    We did the same a year ago, bought the van in December 2013, couple of overnights to the dealers to get some snagging done, then our first real trip was 3 months or so going round Scotland.
    You'll have a fantastic time - we certainly did!
    [And you start to learn some of the questions, if not always the answers!]
     
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    you will be addicted (or never go back), great time of year to go,

    we love it any time of year, but by May / June you get so much daylight (plus midges)

    hope you have a great time, do post on here with updates and photos when you can (y)
     
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    Hope you have a brill time :LOL:, we love Scotland any time of year (y) but as said from another funster watch out for them midges ( rottweilers with wings ) take some skin so soft from avon its great stuff. Mew & Mick
     
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    glad to see you having fun.. the avon cream does work. so happy travels.
     
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    >> First decent trip

    But just wait for your first indecent trip - oh yes !
     
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    I've never seen anything that protects you from Midges especially on the West Coast.
    If Avon Skin So Soft works I'll buy a gallon!
     
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    Smidge (used to be called EcoGuard when under development)
    http://midgeforecast.co.uk/home
    Acts like an invisible forcefield & holds 'em at bay about 10 cms away from you (well, that's how it works for me anyway). Without it I'm a crying, screaming, claustrophobic wreck in midgie/ mozzie/ flying ant/ midge seasons.
    [​IMG]
     
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    well it definitely works on me, I get eaten alive, and I've tried all kinds. It was recommended to me years ago by a dry stone waller, and all his mates that do outside work that had called him for smelling so sweet, soon changed there tune when they found it really did work.. Hope it works (y)
     
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    Skin so soft does work which is just as well, great weather this week brought some of them out yesterday but, tonight's drop in temperature and the increasing wind should shift the little beggars!
     
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    If you get the chance try and visit the Isle of Islay , it has one of the most beautiful sites in the world at Kintra , plus eight distilleries .
     
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    Have a great trip, we love scotland and go as often as possible, especially the west coast. We find if you stick to he Coast rather than inland lochs we're not bothered by midges but we do have the skin so soft on board just in case.
     
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    From past trips were not expecting the wee little beasties to be a problem at this time of year and we're keeping to the coast mostly
     
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    Hope you enjoy, just a little info that may be of use to you, we were told before we did our first tour of Scotland, it`s a better route visual wise going up the East Coast, across the top and then returning via the West coast.

    Far too many places to tell you about that are just idyllic so just study the map, take a camera and enjoy your exploring, we`ve just got back from the Mull of Galloway fantastic and so often missed by people driving straight past, amazing it is so far west you are looking at the other side of the I.O.M.

    Also the East coast doesn`t have the midges.
     
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    Enjoy Steve, we're going up there at the end of May and now I'm a bit concerned about these 'ere midges, I seem to be a magnet for anything like that and resemble Charlie Brown's mate who always had a cloud around his head if I go near water, guess I better get something for that then :whistle:
     
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    End of May into June is the start of the midge season and the love than sweet southern blood - in fact they love any blood - especially on the West Coast. I'm from Aberdeen and those on the East Coast tend not to bite but on occasion they turn vicious - perhaps returning from some time with their western brothers, They are worse around sunrise and sunset we have found.
     
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    Whereabouts in Argyll are you? Lovely scenery! I used to do the Scottish Rally Championship years ago and bounced off a few of the Forestry Commission roads on the Argyll stages, Never really enjoyed it as there were rock faces on one side and drops on the other. Have an in car video from 1993 and when I watch it now it scares me sh*tless. :)
     
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    Kilmartin Glen.
     
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    lovely area and must be right in the heart of midge territory
     
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