- When's good time to visit Scotland?
We’ve been up the last few years either late august or whit week (late mayish?) May is better, fewer midges, loooooooong days, decent weather (in the south west anyway).
Only issue might be how early it gets light further north, especially in a camper. When we were there I was waking up when the light hit the curtains around 4.30am. It did mean that I could go a ride Ae and Mabie and still get back to the farm for breakfast at 8:30 though 8)Posted 5 months ago
This year was much like last. There was little midge activity until August and they all seemed to hatch at once. There’s still the random day (Like last weekend) when you’ll meet a couple.
Weather-wise, May and June tend to be the driest and early May might still have some snow on the higher tops.
If you are heading out to the Hebrides then June is best for the machair.
July and August are the peak school holiday months. They’re also traditionally a bit wetter, though August was pretty dry in the Highlands this year.
September and October can both be lovely. At this time of year though, it’s starting to get dark earlier.
As you point out, folk just get on with living/their holidays. I manage to bivvy throughout the year and I’m a complete midge magnet. They can’t fly in any wind stronger than about 5mph and don’t like direct sunlight. Choose your stopping points accordingly and you should be fine.
And buy some Smidge. Not only will it help the midge issue, it’s a very good tick repellent.
Whenever you come, don’t expect to find lots of idyllic, remote spots to camp your van in. The West Coast, Skye etc are overrun with campervans and motorhomes.Posted 5 months agoNobberinthefridge wrote:
April* or May..
*Though, we’re actually more likely to get a white easter than a white christmas…
Depends where you go 😉Posted 5 months agoepicycloSubscriber
Take some “fresh meat” – a nice pasty white individual you don’t particularly like. Encourage them to dress with maximum flesh exposed and to scratch madly when bitten.
Most of the midgies will join the feast, and you won’t notice the few who land on you because you’ll be too busy enjoying the free entertainment your guest will provide.
Otherwise Vit B and a dram.Posted 5 months agohodgyndMember
A good idea is to “dress down ” while you are there ..its only the female midge that bites and if they find you unattractive then they will leave you well alone .. 😉Posted 5 months ago
Smidge is good ..but not a patch on Ballistol Stichfrei ..which repels midges , ticks , horseflies and in tropical conditions mosquitos too…you will probably only find it onlinedovebikerMember
May was a belter – spent most of the month out in the isles or touring around the north coast. Did get a few days of 40-50mph gusts whilst camping on Skye but at the end of the month it was 29C in Glen Nevis and the midges were barely a problem – too few and dopey. It was surprisingly busy though, with some ferry crossings fully booked and campsites full.Posted 5 months ago
It was unsurprisingly busy
And it’ll be even busier in 2018.Posted 5 months agotjagainMember
2nd weekend in may 3 years ago ( we always go camping that weekend) was 1ish degree c at 2000 ft where we camped, -5ish at the tops and -25 ish with windchill
Remember the weather forecasts where it says “chance of frost in sheltered glens” Thats where we were camped!Posted 5 months agoredmexMember
A few years ago I took a lady friend a walk up Buchaille Etive Mor in the middle of summer and as we tried to boot up at the roadside we were being eaten alivePosted 5 months ago
I had to “borrow” midge spray from Germans next to us to survive but thats the Central to West bits of Scotland come to the East and they are like red squirrels or wild cats they are there but seldom seen
My friend didn’t take up the offer of many more of my walks although fantastic views from the top
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