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Old 24 April 2012, 03:27   #51
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well gents, the good news for me at least is bought a box of SSS 2 years ago i.e. 24 bottles so i am looking forward to bite free and very soft skin when I go to portavadie for 2 weeks starting this saturday.

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Old 24 April 2012, 05:55   #52
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The worst area for me was at the top of loch etive when doing the safety boat for the 70 wild miles. Walking up and down the road at a fast pace whilst eating my cereal to keep the little bandits behind me. I swear they even have patrols over the loch as every time we stopped within 100 m of the shore we were mauled. Tried asss but I still hate them around me so go for deet and its a winner.
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Old 24 April 2012, 06:40   #53
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....The late cold snap this year should help keep the numbers down though I believe.
Ha! yer reckon? These are Scottish midgies not any old midgies. They're here already and I'm on the east coast.
Any of the Autan insect repellent products work well, they smell ok and don't stink, are available in most chemists and rubber neck shops, roll on, spray and cream so you have a choice. Boots do their own brand which smells the same, feels the same and works the same. On the west coast or highlands with no wind - sun or rain there will be midgies. Hot sun keeps them down though, but this is Scotland... If there's a breeze they can't cope, unfortunately it's surprising how often it is calm. As Keith said, an anti-midge net for your face is good but they spoil your vision and midgies don't only land on your face.

Don't underestimate the midge, they can seriously spoil your holiday and make you not come back. I've even had them come and find us on the boat a mile offshore when anchored. But I've also had clouds of them vanish inexplicably, oh the relief, kinda like banging your head against a brick wall...it's good when it stops.

Some folk have a bad reaction to the bites, swelling is common, especially around the eyes and anti-histamine tablets can work wonders. If you are one of these folk, carry Anthisan cream with you as well as repellent and apply it asap.

The folk who say Scottish midges are not a problem obviously don't taste good.
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The worst area for me was at the top of loch etive ...
Yeh, the Etive midge is a big bugr.
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The worst area for me was at the top of loch etive when doing the safety boat for the 70 wild miles. Walking up and down the road at a fast pace whilst eating my cereal to keep the little bandits behind me. I swear they even have patrols over the loch as every time we stopped within 100 m of the shore we were mauled. Tried asss but I still hate them around me so go for deet and its a winner.
I,m one of those poor souls that attract every insect for miles around must be something in my rich blood that they love

We are on the west coast in August near Oban and i,m wondering what the hell i have let myself in for, so if you see a 6'3" bloke walking around in a Black Shadow dry suite and a Greco helmet on with the visor pulled down in the middle of town feel free to say hello
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I,m one of those poor souls that attract every insect for miles around must be something in my rich blood that they love

We are on the west coast in August near Oban and i,m wondering what the hell i have let myself in for, so if you see a 6'3" bloke walking around in a Black Shadow dry suite and a Greco helmet on with the visor pulled down in the middle of town feel free to say hello
Ah JW walks on the darkside You just have to think positve if you are one like me that attracts them, then prepare and think HAPPY. Its a no brainer they will appear at sometime but to be honest that has not been to often in the last four years in southern Argyll, my body bears testiment to that!
But dont worry TT the Midge SAS has been in training especially for YOU for months
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I used to have a net hood that had a clear plastic panel so it was easier to see through than just a net hood on it's own. Sadly the shop I bought it from is no-more and the nearest I've found to replace it is this: Midge Net Hat

Has anyone tried smidge anti midge lotion?
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