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Message posted by Argente4 via mobile 11/3/2021 at 7:44pm
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Hi. We were hoping to get to France later in the year, but as that's looking doubtful we're considering Scotland. It's somewhere we've been meaning to visit for many years but France has always won! My main concern is whether at the end of August/ early September, there would be many midges around. Ideally I would like to be near water and I've heard this can make the problem worse.

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Message posted by Lukeledge via mobile 11/3/2021 at 8:33pm
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Yes! Not so many if cold and/or windy, assume there will be midges! 🦟🦟
They are a bit less frequent in the south of Scotland, but you can still get them.

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OOOOOOOH Midges.

We went to loch lohmand a good few years ago..Wife never got one bite.
However I looked like a 40 year old with measles, You would not believe how I looked!!
Asked around in the pub village at drymen as to why wife not touched and me like a Dalmatian.

Apparently women use skin cream after showering...( skin so soft )Cheap skin cream.
Me not so, The little blighters star clear of it for some reason.

Advice.......Use skin so soft after shower 👌👌👌👍

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There are good and bad midge seasons - it depends on a number of factors and can vary across the country. There tends to be fewer in the east but a lethal combination is usually trees, especially forests, and water combined. Wind is a factor, so try and find an open space with a breeze. If you're stuck, use screens on the unit. Coastal sites/open sites usually aren't too bad. However, if the little darlings like your breath, you will get bitten without precautions. Skin so Soft has gone back to the old recipe (works well in Argyll) but Smidge is also effective; both readily available.

Others have found other remedies so worth hunting discussions on here over the years.

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Message posted by Capt Lightning12/3/2021 at 7:55am
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The west coast is by far the worst. We used to go to Kinlochewe which could be really bad at times. Morvich, which is by the sea was just as bad. As said, wind keeps them away and 'Skin so soft' helps to keep them off.

The east is nowhere near as bad, but fewer people go there. This is good as it keeps the good bits for the locals   

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 12/3/2021 at 9:47am
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Many threads about this. I react badly but it doesn’t put me off. Most brutal midges? West coArm yourself with Aldi antihistamine tablets (cheap) and take one every night because any bites itch more when they’re warm in bed. Apply antihistamine cream too. Get a midge hood in case they’re really bad. Cover up. Yes, frequent misting with Avon Skin so soft works for us but others have their own sprays of choice - I just don’t want anything too chemical.
I’d be far more bothered about Ticks. A midge bite or three is a temporary nuisance. A tick bite & removing said tick is no joke. Get an O’tom tick remover & if you have a dog, an anti tick collar. Read up about Lyme Disease & know that if your bite develops a red ring, get antibiotics. And ticks are all over UK, not just up here, but anywhere with sheep & deer might have them. Another reason we don’t wear shorts when we’re hill walking.
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Message posted by Hedgehugger12/3/2021 at 11:57pm
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I spent a very pleasant few days pottering around the coast of Fife in late summer 2019 and came home with a tan and without a single bite! Awesome. Usually the little blighters see me coming. I've been savaged on the west coast. I stayed self-catering in Lower Largo, so can't advise on campsites, but there are some lovely coastal villages to explore around the East Neuk - St.Monan's, Pittenweem, Anstruther, Crail, all the way round to St. Andrew's etc. It's an area worth exploring.

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Message posted by Capt Lightning13/3/2021 at 9:43am
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E.Scotland may lack the 'drama' of the west, but has a lot to offer in other ways. Quiet beaches, castles, distilleries and more golf courses than you could shake a big stick at.

This is one of my nearest beaches at Fraserburgh - taken from just outside the campsite. Lidl and Tesco are just off to the right and the golf course is just a few hundred yards ahead.



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Message posted by dk16813/3/2021 at 12:14pm
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When planning to go to Scotland in August 2012 to escape the Olympic fever down south, I bought Skin So Soft from Avon after reading about it being effective against midges.

It seemed to work as I did not have any bites. However, it should be noted that mosquitos do not like me, probably because I like to eat garlic and Marmite.

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Message posted by Argente4 via mobile 13/3/2021 at 3:26pm
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Thanks for all the info. I don't usually get bitten too badly if there's anything about but oh is a magnet for mossies when we're abroad. So I'll just have to feed him marmite (fortunately he likes it!) and get him some skin so soft. Just got to persuade him now!

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Smidge the Midge is really good. As said above the east of Scotland is better for the midges. The Moray Firth is a great place to visit and explore. If you want to fo further Orkney is amazing not a midge or a tree there!! Too windy

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Quote: Originally posted by Capt Lightning on 13/3/2021
E.Scotland may lack the 'drama' of the west, but has a lot to offer in other ways. Quiet beaches, castles, distilleries and more golf courses than you could shake a big stick at.

This is one of my nearest beaches at Fraserburgh - taken from just outside the campsite. Lidl and Tesco are just off to the right and the golf course is just a few hundred yards ahead.





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We stayed at a CS (I think it was) called Newton of Nydie, near St Andrews, a good few years ago now. The site had over long grass with ehus and taps buried in it. The views were the redeeming feature, and the lovely villages round the coast.


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