/ Scottish cragging that isnt crawling with ticks
Aberdeen sea cliffs.
> Aberdeen sea cliffs.
The worst crag I have been to for ticks was innverpollaidh (sp) rock gym near Ullapool way.
Midges don't give you a potentially fatal disease
...although you might feel like killing yourself beset by midges
I've found ticks almost every time I've climbed at Dunkeld. Ticks do seem to love me, though.
I don't think I've had any at Limekilns, but I have been savaged by harvest mites after a visit there.
I much prefer sea cliffs and high crags from Spring to Autumn!
Had a bunch of ticks *and* got ravaged by midges last time I was at The Whangie. Glad it's a crap crag.
Having found a tick yesterday in one of those places where you really don't want to, I was reading up on TBE and Lyme last night. Is Lyme potentially fatal?! Because I don't think you get TBE in the UK do you?
No, you're right, but it is pretty bad for you left untreated, or unnoticed.
Starry can be bad for midge though.
Rather that than ticks. I was on a course of treatment for possible Lymes last year after developing a flu in April not long after removing some ticks.
> Having found a tick yesterday in one of those places where you really don't want to
A mate of mine once answered a call of nature in what transpired to be Tick infested clumps of grass. Can't remember the exact figure but somewhere around 70 had to be removed from his nether regions at the local A&E!
I used to climb at various dunkeld crags very regularly probably around 15+ times a year for nearly 6 years, don't think I ever got a tick from there (although I would check), maybe ticks don't like me as I've only ever found a handfull on me, that said I would commonly climb in trouses with elasticated ankles and socks. I'd be much more concerned somewhere like Glen Clova.
I've also never found a engorged tick on me they are always flat and not looking like they are feeding on me although their jaws are in! unlike the ones I find on my parents dog which are often quite round!
In rare cases, yes.
Really... I've been to Dunkeld loads of times and never has a tick????
Has there been an increase in ticks in recent years?...i have a farmer mate who reckons that the decrease in sheep has led to more people coming in contact with ticks....I don't see any difference myself.
Also, I grew up next to a Tentsmuir forest and spent my summers practically living in it and never had a tick. A few years ago I took my mountain bike round it invariably any sections with overhanging grass resulted in ticks. Such a shame :(
You're lucky, or maybe missed seeing them. Some of them are very small. Dunkeld is heaving with ticks, and deer. Memorably a lot of dead ones a couple of years ago.
yeah I've picked those off myself before they managed to bite before. Felt them moving on me believe it or not!
I'd get a coarse of antibiotics from your doctor, just to be on the safe side.
Ray mears had lymes diesease for 14 years without it being diagnosed, nearly forced him to go indoors, now has no effects at all
Personally I find Dunkeld (especially upper cave) really bad for ticks, although they do seem to love me. Never seen them at Limekilns before and definitely not at Aberdour. They seem par for the course at Glen Nevis, always removing loads after a day cragging at Polldubh ...
Pass of Ballater, climbed there alot, no ticks at all.
Maybe the ants keep them away?
Cambus and Vat Burn just down the road from the Pass were teeming with the damn things this time last year.
I guess I'm fairly lucky then, as I have never had any ticks attach themselves to me.
In ten years of Scotland, lakes and Peak District trips.
a bit like those folk who don't get hot aches?
Thank god someone is the same as me. Been watching this thread and thinking I'm overdue about 1000 of the blighters!
People vary massively in their attractiveness to ticks. I'm lucky, they don't like me. After one weekend in Knoydart, I found a tick embedded in my calf a few days later. I rang my mate who'd been with me to tell him about it, he said he'd stopped counting after 50. And he was all gaiters and long trousers, I'd worn shorts and trainers. I don't think I've had more than about 10 ticks in 25 years of grubbing about in the Highlands, though one of the wee shites did give me Lymes.
All the best, Stuart
North face of Ben Nevis, ticks are never a problem.
Not in places that you've noticed anyway... ;)
Whats Sheigra like for them, never been before.
Me too. I've stopped taking any precautions and I've only ever found about 5 on me over the years. I do check mt legs though and try not to get complacent!
Yeah I'm pretty much the same as you......
I'm a tick magnet :-(
Even got a couple after a very wet day, wearing boots, long socks, long trousers, over trousers, gaiters, and didn't stop to sit down all day.
Worst ever crag for them was Creah Dubh, hundreds of the bastards crawling all over our trousers.
It looks like I am another tick magnet. I hardly every wear shorts or t-shirt and from March to October I am constantly removing them after walking or climbing. I don't remember having this problem around 5 years ago. I now have tick remover tools in my first aid kit, tick tweezers in my car, a tick card in my wallet and tick tweezers in my handbag. The latter because I have even found them on my legs on a Monday morning and that's after two/three showers, all over body check and change of clothes.
Already removed the first ones for this year.
How will that much much difference except killing deer.
Aye Aye Euge Hows it going?
I've been ticked a couple of times at Dunkeld, but not at the Polney crag, area. More when trying to get to upper cave etc
That said, given how often I've climbed there, its a pretty low success rate for the ticks!
Went for a 2 day walk in Lochs on Lewis with the Mrs earlier in the year and we had 50+ ticks between us after the first day! Horrible little beasties!
PS Have to try and catch up over the summer!
To the OP - sea cliffs are the safest bet to avoid ticks. Though never had them at Ballater, Clach na Beinn
The same thing happened with my bottle but with even more ticks this time.
Found it astonishing how quick the were on the bottle and the sheer number of them!
All the Angus crags are pretty much tick free whereas nearly everything in Perthshire moves with them especially Weem. Upper Cave the exception never had a problem with them there thankfully
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