/ climbing scotland in June
Are you looking for mountain routes or cragging?
Midges will be a hazard by June. Searching for a breeze, going high or to the coast are all useful tactics, though.
Skye. Going with a local guide and letting them choose the best venue on the day will help with avoiding midges.
I agree with Mike - midgies aren't usually *too* bad in June. July and August much worse... But they can be if you get damp and calm conditions. They can be as bad everywhere - the ones in the west tend to have teeth, but the east can be just as bad on a bad midge day. As has been said, go high and look for a breeze, and seek out places that have had a couple of days of dry weather.
Personally, I'd try and plan it so I didn't have to decide where I would climb and could be mobile - get a camper van for the trip maybe - Big Tree Campervans and others do hire. That way you can go wherever he weather is best. Put together a hit list from NW/ Skye/ Glencoe/ Cairngorms/ etc and then go for it. If that's not an option maybe base yourself somewhere like Inverness/ Spean Bridge where you can access east, west, north or islands as a day trip if needed.
There are loads of brilliant routes at the Severe and thereabouts all over Scotland - if you want some specific suggestions for areas then I'll happily give some as I'm sure others will, but there is soooo much to go at :)
Oh, should have said - sea cliffs can be great to avoid midgies too... Neist, Elgol, Reiff, Sheigra, Caithness...
Elsewhere on the site
With four photos in this week's top ten, and a UKC gallery of stunning images we thought it was time we had a chat with... Read more
Rock shoes stink – let’s face it. Boot Bananas are the perfect way to fight the funk and keep them fresh. They help... Read more
Tonight's Friday Night Video features the Norwegian town of Rjukan, once believed to be the home of the world's tallest... Read more
Perhaps the perfect Xmas gift for the climber in your life... Wild Country's Crack School has two of the worlds best crack... Read more
F ounded in 1993, Mountain Hardwear are a pretty young mountaineering clothing and equipment manufacturer but are also one of... Read more