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Subject Topic: Loch ken midges ?? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by ddlkc01/5/2017 at 10:03pm
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We really like the look of loch ken holiday park up in Dumfries and Galloway which we are planning visiting from Sunday but has anybody got any idea what the midges are like up there just now ?

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Message posted by Bernie4701/5/2017 at 11:10pm
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It is early for midges, they do not usually show up until about June.

In any case Loch Ken is not up north, it is due west of Newcastle in the most southern part of Scotland.

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Message posted by Kavs02/5/2017 at 7:01am
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We spent a week at Loch Ken at whit a few years ago. No midges and I would know as I am target practice for anything that bites or stings.
It's a lovely part of the country, I hope you enjoy it.

Message posted by BRYANMITCH06/5/2017 at 4:43pm
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Just tap into a search engine--scotland midge watch. There are quite a few sites--most of them trying to sell you something but "wild-scotland .org " is quite helpful.

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Message posted by Babywhale02/6/2017 at 7:42pm
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At Loch Ken right now and have been for a few days. Sunny calm weather but NO midges. Still a little early in the season, but most wooded areas of Scotland by water will be hoaching in this weather, so Loch Ken must be something of a midge-free zone.

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Message posted by ficklejade02/6/2017 at 10:32pm
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Well a word of warning from Mull! We've had the little darlings about for three weeks now and with still evenings they're out with a vengeance! The swifts, swallows and bats are having a field day.

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Message posted by mzzy04/6/2017 at 9:38pm
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We just got back from Isle of Skye, I'd googled before we went and it said said no midges. But soon as we arrived, so did they!
Wasn't happy as we've loads of lotions and potions but I'd left them at home 🙄 Next time I'll go prepared what ever google says!

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Message posted by Speaker1205/6/2017 at 12:54am
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I've spent the last three days at Forrest Estate, just north of Loch Ken. I can confirm that there are plenty of midges there!

Message posted by NdBuk05/6/2017 at 9:18am
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We were there last weekend of May. They were a pain in - well, anything exposed! Just around early morning and early evening.

We took our normally clean burning firepit and dumped some damp wood and leaves on there to add some smoke and hey presto - a midge-free zone.


Message posted by katedow05/6/2017 at 1:31pm
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Between the dry warm weather then bucketing rain and dampness they're out in Scotland. The only fairly safe spaces are by the coast with a wind...eh breeze.

There's plenty of things from coils to creams to midge helmets to protect you. They are not out all day, mostly dawn and dusk.

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Message posted by ddlkc05/6/2017 at 8:31pm
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We took the chance and went from 7th may for a few nights and we weren't bothered at all with any midges but it was a bit windy even though the sun was shining so we ended up having a fab visit

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Message posted by CW5208/6/2017 at 12:49pm
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Midges find me anytime during the day believe me.

Message posted by Nutkins08/6/2017 at 3:51pm
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There were plenty of them out chewing on us at Castle Point, Rockcliffe last week and that's down on the coast!

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Message posted by Tammer18/6/2017 at 8:35pm
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Hi
I was at Loch Ken this weekend. It's a great campsite and I'd recommend it.

I pitched at the top corner of the tent field, with great views but exposed to the wind (I'd checked the forecast to ensure no strong winds). I had no problem with midges. I think there were some if you'd pitched down by the water side.


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