/ Midges on Isle Skye - end of May?
We are planning to camp on Isle of Skye the last week of May and wondering to what extent midges will be an issue? Any thoughts appreciated. Even if to prepare mentally :-)
There are no midges on Skye. Midges are a myth invented to scare of english climbers. No more real than drop bears or bigfoot.
Advanced parties of midgies were making thier presence felt in Ardgour last weekend at low levels once the sun went down and the wind dropped, so they will be out in reasonable force, if not full strength by the end of the month.
Very unlikely that you will escape I'm afraid. I'm there half term week as well... packing Autan!!
The midges have moved their headquarters south in case of a YES vote. George Osborne told them there won't be enough blood in an Independent Scotland to support them.
Now this is the only compelling case I've seen for voting yes.
We went to Skye end of May, beginning of June 2 years ago when the midges were supposedly delayed. Wasn't as bad as feared when climbing, unless you hit a shadowy sheltered section....belaying wasn't fun. Glen Nevis was much much worse!
Recommend the below:
There are some cheaper ones on ebay, but don't trust anything that has draw strings etc, any gap will be regretted!
I've had one poor morning with them already so come with defences of which jacket recommended above is the best by far. Camping is the weak part of plan as you can be clever & avoid them when climbing & walking. Apologies to campsite owners ;-)
Autan is pretty reliable for all day relief from the dreaded midge. The only application that lasts a full 8 hours in my experience. Smidge also comes recommended by others but I haven't tried it.
How about policies that reflect the population north of the border as opposed to selfish wealth-orientated direction that is currently imposed?
thanks for the replies and apologies for disappearing for awhile. I can report than midges have arrived to isle of skye :-) Maybe not yet in full force though but enough to make themselves noticed. we were there during the half term week. it was actually the campsite where were noticed them the most. we used midge hoods and smidge (name of the repellent) seemed to work well. also, every everning we had a campfire (as the campsite had a free supply of wood) which is the ultimate repellent if you dont mind a bit of smoke. anyway, what an amazing place isle of skye i mean!
Midges? In Scotland? In early summer? What a surprise!! ;-)
Yes, now i know :-) My reference point was Lapland where they often appear around the midsummer depending on how the weather's been. But that's obviously much further to the north than Scotland.
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