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Old 27 March 2012, 16:19   #31
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My only overnight stay at Loch Lomond resulted in this.

Do not underestimate the midges!!

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Armed with the Smelly Sock Repellent can handle the midges
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Old 16 April 2012, 10:22   #32
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Here's a trick from someone who has worked in amongst those darn midges, a bottle of Avon Skin So Soft, did me well and no hazardous chemicals on the skin, however my o/h advises me that Avon have changed the recepie so can't guarantee it's potency any more.
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Old 16 April 2012, 11:54   #33
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Why is it everything that works seems to get banned or "improved"?

Remember "Shoo"? - it even smelt like it should come with a COSHH datasheet before you opened the bottle!
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Old 16 April 2012, 15:08   #34
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Remember Shoo very well, a bottle leaked in a plastic tray in my car and melted the plastic, kept the midges away though.
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http://www.jungleformula.co.uk/ max strength - don't get on plastic melts....works wonders though
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Old 16 April 2012, 17:26   #36
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Just back from a superb first trip to Scotalnd with my recently aquired sib, went to Loch Lomond first and launched at Rosses Priory (BIL in member of sailing club), had a great day mooching round islands etc

pic on Lomond



Then went onto North Ladaig and it was too rough to launch and not overly interesting looking to me, site was great though.

Then went to Mull and stayed at Fidden Farm which was SIB heaven IMHO, highly recommend it, pic of me prior to launch



I really loved it here, need your wits about you more here (tidal stream, rocks galore) but if you are careful you could have a great time. I did not venture far in my wee sib as its new to me and has yet to gain my trust!
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[QUOTE=Polwart;451767]
However more seriously, midges generally get worse the further north and west you go. Even then they are only usually troublesome from June to August.

Well said ... Although if you want somewhere in the very North of Scotland with pretty much no midge problem at any time of year, come to Orkney. It's largely due the general lack of trees and heather... Although parts of Hoy can have their moments, although nothing like the West coast.

That said, once you get as far as Loch Lomond, you are about half way here from Stockport

PS ... From a professional point of view, great to see such a good and accurate description of the access rights in Scotland Polwart.

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Great trip report and phots Tomkat. Loch Lomond on my doorstep but I'm really keen to get up to Arisaig/Mallaig area, Silver Sands of Loch Morar, got to be a boaters dream.
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I loved Scotland and will likely get a bigger better SIB for my next trip, got a taste for the Islands now.

Can see how you would easily spend a few days on Loch Lomond, loads of cool wee Islands to invade!
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I loved Scotland and will likely get a bigger better SIB for my next trip, got a taste for the Islands now.

Can see how you would easily spend a few days on Loch Lomond, loads of cool wee Islands to invade!
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