- does anyone have a crystal ball – or a good knowledge of scottish weather…
I am planning on taking my two youngest boys to scotland to ride the great glen way. I’m having a dilema about timing – we usually do our big bike ride trip at easter but I checked last years weather and it was a bit chilly (-7 on april 5 apparently)
but it could be measured at a weather station on a big cold hill for all I know. the other option is to go in May – but then we risk getting eated alive
we will be bikepacking and that does limit the amount of warmth we can carry – really am torn on this one!Posted 5 years agoChewMember
Its Scotland so you’ll get 4 seasons in one day 😉
With Easter being early you’re probably worth waiting until May. Last June I was fine for the Midges with a bit of sensible camping in a slight breeze, so May should be fine.
Worth checking the wind direction as well as it can howl up and down the great glen.
Worth asking Gari and t’other forum. Hes Aviemore based so will be able to give you a locals viewPosted 5 years ago
we did fort wiiliam to fort Augustus and back a couple of years ago, if that was anything to go by their back up plan of choice would be living wild in the woods
good point chew – will put it on there too. im hoping going up to inverness we’ll have a bettrr chance of favourable windPosted 5 years ago
it was a bit of a weird one last year but thats daft!
our trip last easter was to the isle of man. the boys were out having a snow ball fight as I was packing all our light camping gear. they did make me find web cams on the island to prove it wasnt covered in snow. it was a bit nippy but we survivedPosted 5 years agoscotroutesSubscriber
Statistics indicate we’re more likely to have a White Easter than White Christmas – especially as it falls so early this year.
End April/start of May is the most settled period. It’s usually dry and you can escape the worse of the midge. Having said that, I’ve had snow falling on my tent in June.
FWIW, Smidge repellent might just make all the difference. I’ve been using it for a couple of summers now and I’m amazed at the difference it makes compared to any of the usual remedies (including Skin so Soft). I reckon it’s as effective as DEET yet has none of the side-effects.Posted 5 years ago
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