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Old 26 January 2015, 10:05   #1
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Camping West coast Scotland

To get me through the dark days of winter, planning our summer trip in the camper

We're planning a raid over the border this summer for the first time

I've booked 2.5 weeks off work in August, the only thing in the diary at the moment is a couple of days to see friends on Tiree at the end of the trip.

Can those who know give me any suggestions for great campsites (we're not into the ordered Caravan Club type sites) from which we can explore on foot, bikes and importantly is the SIB. I'm hoping to find some sites from which we can launch the SIB directly onto the beach from the campsite.

All ideas appreciated.
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Old 26 January 2015, 11:19   #2
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Gosh..there are many great places


I use these ones myself and can thoroughly recommend them and also the area they are is..all beside the sea with Resipole and Invercoe having their own slipways.

August is peak midge season.. so come prepared.. headnets and Smidge lotion are essential for still calm summer mornings or evenings after a wet spell. I also spray the inside of my tent with wasp killer spray half an hour before kip time..not for wasps..but it also kills midges dead

Midges are like rain..come prepared and you will thoroughly enjoy yourself.. don’t prepare and you risk a terrible time getting slowly eaten to death

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Im sure others will have favourites too..biggest problem is choosing ..you only have 2 weeks too visit
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Old 26 January 2015, 13:28   #3
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Thanks Gurnard, they look just the type of thing we are looking for.

How bad are these midges? Would we be better not travelling in August? Or is it as you say; preparation?
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Midges are unbearable if you don't protect yourself Avon skin so soft is supposed to work really well ,it's only the females that bite typical! So I am told
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The midges can drive you mad. I have seen myself having to quit fishing beside a loch because they come down in clouds. I have also seen the inside of my tent...ĒBlackĒ with the little devils.

However it is not always doom and gloom. They will not appear if there is even a slight breeze..because they are so small..they know they will be blown away. They also like long damp grass or trees to shelter in if there is a breeze... so best pitch yourself on an open part of the campsite..rather than in the shelter. They donít come around much during the day..mostly early morning or evening when there is absolutely no wind. They vary in intensity too..if its a long hot dry spell..this keeps them at bay too..as they like damp conditions

June is the best month to visit Scotland..they start appearing about mid june but donít seem to bite ..perhaps their teeth are still too weak then..but come July onwards they can bite no problem. They are then around until the first frosts..around October kill them off.

I often cook my breakfast on the SIB in the morning..as 50 yards from shore..they donít find you.

Some folk are not bothered much by them.. I get bitten and I find it is very uncomfortable.. because of the volume of bites. Some folks seem to have a reaction to them and swell up with facial bites etc.

However they certainly donít put me off going out in them.. put on midge lotion and they wont bite..but they still crawl over you looking for a place without lotion..thats why a head net is the only way..for me and my mates anyhoo :-D




PS..just noticed Jeffs reply..Avon changed the formula a while back on Avon skin so soft..it doesnt seem to worth as well..."Smidge" is one of the better repellants..but they still crawl on you..nasty brutes
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Hi gurnard
Thanks for the Avon up date.
But your right they would have to bite a lot harder to stop me going up there been doing it for 50years still not put me off.

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skin so soft is useless now gents i can confirm.

the best thing to keep them at bay is shoo or shu, can't mind how it is spelled.

also i'd invest in a hat to be safe as they are friggin annoying.

it is typical really, we have the best scenery in the world (imo) and the few times we get decent weather those little gits come out and spoil the party.

a decent fire will also keep them away as they don't like smoke.

as said above, avoid anywhere damp and you'll be good....it is worth the hassle though for the places you can boat.

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Thanks Gurnard, they look just the type of thing we are looking for.

How bad are these midges? Would we be better not travelling in August? Or is it as you say; preparation?

In pre rib days we camped up the west coast a lot can't help you on sib friendly sites . midges can obviously be a problem but it has never spoilt our holidays . There are people on here that know more than me but I echo other comments .. A day of rain ending with a calm evening and your going to get attacked . Near the sea with a breeze and your probably okay . We went to Borneo a few years ago and used a product called jungle formula which worked . I have used it since in Scotland with great results . It's f*****g horrible to use stinks to high heaven and I am sure somebody on here will tell me I am going to grow another limb soon but it worked .


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Prob a bit to far west but this was my favourite camp site

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