Midges in Scotland, in August
You had it right in your OP – massive differences depending on weather conditions, areas etc. If you get breezy days and are up high, you’ll have a fine time, but if it’s rainy, more still, humid and you’re sat in Glencoe, prepare to die. Coast can be better.
So basically take headnets, repellent and prepare for the worst.Posted 2 weeks ago13thfloormonkMember
You have to think like Sandra Bullock.
Midgies can’t fly much faster than 5 or 6mph, so just keep the van going round in circles at 7mph whilst you relax by the open door enjoying the scenery rotating slowly past.
Edit: goddamit, there’s supposed to be an hilarious Father Ted image here about bricks and accelerators. Well done new forum, you ruined it.
Posted 2 weeks agokm79Member
How bad will midges be in Scotland in August?
They are not going to be bad 24/7, don’t let them put you off visiting. The worst will be early morning and again at evening. If it’s too sunny they won’t be out, too windy they won’t be out, too wet they won’t be out. Chances are it will be one of those three things most of the time. Take some precautions for the other times and you will be fine.Posted 2 weeks agoDavesportSubscriber
I’d use a good insect repellent whilst outside on all exposed skin. This will also deter ticks and clegs. Be careful with this stuff around anything plastic though as some plastics melt before you eyes if the two ever come into contact. I’ve got a permanent fingerprint on my camera and marks in the motorhome wash hand basin due to this. Normal motorhome insect screens don’t keep the Scottish Airforce at bay either! Citronella candles seem to work, failing that a flame thrower!
D.Posted 2 weeks agoElShalimoMember
We camped in Ballater in early August a few years ago expecting to get bitten to death. Surprisingly it wasn’t that bad but we had a gentle breeze most of the week. East tends to be much better than the west and some years are worse than others. (I’ve noticed that in England and Wales they seem to be much worse now than say 15-20yrs ago. Not sure why but I’ve had really midgey weekends in N Wales and Dales in recent years).
If you want guaranteed death by midge, Glen Brittle on Skye seems to be the place.Posted 2 weeks agovintagewinoMember
Repellent is ok to stop them biting you but they still go up your nose / in your ears / all round your head. We camped in Aviemore on summer night a few years back and there were people wearing beekeeper hats sat round the picnic table of an evening. I hid in my tent till it got dark!Posted 2 weeks agotowzerMember
long socks, 3/4 shorts, long shirt with high collar, long gloves, tape them all together with ducktape, add a midge net that fits over helmet (peak essential)and hangs down
it does work but you’ll be a bit(*lot) sweaty and the horseflys got me on the backside and the hand when I was having a razzle………..
*our motorhome has full fly screens – a few still got in – if you can be totally[everything screeened/closed] self contained it might be ok but walking to the bog etc can reduce people to tears
pps on Arran gf picked up 9 (nine) ticks on an 11 mile walk – so watch for them as wellPosted 2 weeks agooldmanmtbMember
All Scottish/Northumbrian midges are the jack Russell’s of the biting insect world.
They can be truly horrific, which is hard to explain to southern folks. I had a mate who had never been bothered all over the world by mosquitos- then he went to Keilder in May for a camping holiday… nuff saidPosted 2 weeks agothegeneralistMember
Quote: <span style=”background-color: #eeeeee; color: #444444; font-size: 16px;”>but will they ruin a campervan based touring holiday?</span>
Bear in mind that many vans (mine😣) have mosquito netting, not midge netting. The weird thing is that if there are low to middling amounts of midges about then none come through the holes but when there are stacks then they come straight through the netting.
I remember one particularl awful night when we discovered this at around 01:30 And the missus was crying her eyes out. **** nightmare. Luckily we managed to eventually solve the issue with Duck tape.Posted 2 weeks ago
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