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Can any of you Scots Lads and Lasses answer my query. I am determined to finally get up to your part of the world next year, it has been a long held ambition and must do it before I am too old.

However, I have heard that Scotland can be quite full of midges/gnats at certain times of the year and and I suffer badly from bites. Can you tell me the months I should probably avoid visiting. Thanks in advance.

Lynibis
10 days ago
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MrsCraig
MrsCraig10 days ago

Midges start coming out in late May, but the ones that bite come out in early July. It depends on where you go in Scotland as to how bad they will be. Avoid early morning and early evening and humid areas. They are worse in the countryside. Get some Avon so soft, it works wonders against midges.

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend10 days ago

Hi lynibis I live in the highlands of Scotland right at the top end and we get the midges. But its like Mrscraig say it's were you go. Some place are really bad and some place don't get many. I all so use Avon skin so soft and it works for me. And teetree Wripes all so helps has well. You get them in the pound shop. Where are you thing of going in Scotland. ☺

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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10 days ago

MrsCraig nicolajaynehend thanks so much to both of you for the advice, I will certainly get some avon so soft.

We have a company here down south called Lochs and Glens. They take you by coach, half board, nice hotels (about 6) and even include excursions, such reasonable rates. They have many and varied trips throughout the year for 5, 6, 7 or 8 days. I am fancying one which does the most castles and I would love to visit some Outlander places.

I was thinking of April through to June.

There is a website if you fancy a look as you may have an idea of the best choice. Thanks again.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig10 days ago

Lynibis I looked on the website and all of the holidays sound fabulous! I'm tempted to go on some of them myself, be brilliant for when our son is older. I think you will have an amazing time no matter which one of them you pick.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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10 days ago

Thanks MrsCraig I thought so too. I especially fancy the steamboat on Loch Ness, Jacobite railway, obviously scone palace and any castle I can get to. Fort William because of the Outlander connection but have been told not much to see.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig10 days ago

Lynibis I've done all of those! Loch Ness and the Jacobite Railway are amazing and Scone palace is beautiful. There isn't a lot to see in Fort William but the scenery is beautiful and who wouldn't want to visit Outlander country.

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend10 days ago

Hi lynibis you are very welcome. Your trip sounds lovely. There are some lovely parts of Scotland that I've not seen yet. I would like to see were harry potter was made in the highlands. Once you been you will want to come back. We have some lovely old house has well has the very old castles. And it's steeped with history which I love and I know you all so love it. There some working museums and There are all so fights that they put on over the summer months. All people dress up. I've been to one and I enjoyed it very much. At night time to finish the day they put fire works on. But it was a very long day but I enjoyed it. Some of there show start very early. But I know you will enjoy your holiday here in Scotland next year. Please keep me up to date to were you are going. ☺

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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10 days ago

Sounds lovely nicolajaynehend and thanks so much for your input. I will definitely come back to this thread when I have made a decision.

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend10 days ago

Lynibis I for got say at some of these show you can eat what they had in the old days. I enjoyed the pork that was done over a open fire. But I did not Try the pigs head trotters or sheep's eyes. One thing I did enjoy and it was a long cue but worth was they cooked chicken in hay and herbs. Not sure how they did it but it was lovely not dry. Would eat it again. ☺

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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10 days ago

Sounds good nicolajaynehend I love my food. I would love to see a re-enactment of something like a battle and old fashioned food etc. I have read loads about Robert the Bruce and even as a Sassenach I was so glad he got the better of the English. Edward Longshanks was a nasty bit of work!

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend10 days ago

Lynibis they have battles from easter to September. They have old fashion side shows. Food. And things you can buy and take home with you. But like I said its a long day and you have to cue for every thing. But it's a very good day and something you will never for get. Like I said I've been to one. And the battle was very good. And lot of work go's in to these shows. You all so see ladys sitting at a spinning wheel turn the fleece in to wool. You can buy things like hats jumpers gloves. But it's very dear. They all so how huts that they live in. It was just a earth floor a fire in the middle and blankets around the sides. Yes I think you enjoy your hoildays and come back. ☺

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sarahgreen15
sarahgreen159 days ago

it depends where you are staying, if you are near water, like in a cabin on a lake, between May - August, you will be eaten alive 😂 otherwise, they really don’t bother me and I’m English... clegs (horse flies to the English) are the horrible little creatures that give the worst bites, they are bad at dusk in the summer, especially in damp weather and in the countryside

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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9 days ago

Unfortunately all the hotels seem to be among lochs and woodland but I think maybe April will be my choice. I will take plenty of insect repellent and the tea tree wipes. I guess all pleasure comes with consequences lol. Thanks for the info.

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