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Visiting the west coast in August - midge mayhem?

Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by BoatieBird, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    I'm doing the north coast loop starting tomorrow starting from Glasgow, what's my chances of staying bite free?
    I'm guessing the lashing rain forecasted should help :)
     
  2. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw "Ride me sideways" was another one

    Should be fine at all but the dankest midge holes.
     
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  3. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

    End of September? The midge season should be over now, especially given the weather.
     
  4. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    So far so good, had a small nibble from something but hardly any midges. Probably as it's been high gusting winds and rain.
     
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  5. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    I should think you are well past the worst of it. Hope the heavy weather forecast for the East Coast passes you by.
     
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  6. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    Currently holed up in Ullapool hoping our motorbike gear has dried out enough overnight.
     
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  7. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

    Used to spend childhood holidays there in the 60s and 70s.

    Go to the Ceilidh Place's bookshop, maybe have a coffee in their snug. :)
     
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  8. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    The little museum there with a history of Ullapool is actually pretty interesting :thumbs:
     
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  9. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Just ensure you don't do the stretch to Durness on a Sunday - Unless things have changed in the last few years, petrol stations can be rather thin on the ground.

    There was nothing worse than being on a sweetly running (for once!) but thirsty Ducati and having to ride like an absolute angel because of it. Even then I think I rolled in to Durness on fumes! :oops:
     
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  10. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    We went into Ceilidh Place for dinner danny la rouge, very nice and cool artwork on display.

    Pogofish, I know what you mean about the petrol stations, but luckily they seem just about placed for my Triumph, some of them are 24h automatic ones now. Which is a result.
    Though I did have to ride once to the mpg to make the next one lol
     
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  11. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Back in the West - the far, far West and on my way somewhere that makes this place look like the bright lights.

    However, due to a major ferry going out of action, I had to make a mad dash across country to get the only boat I could get- along with everyone else. I ended up as one of the last two vehicles shoehorned in to the back of the open deck. Cars were so tight packed, it was hard work getting to the gangway.

    Again, the almost complete lack of midges is a very pleasant surprise - only a few nr Lochcarron.
     
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  12. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger

    The bastards will sit on your lenses waiting for you to unmask.
    "You can unmask lads its endex"
    "Do we have too?"
    A pointless exercise where we sat defending a loch being eaten alive till we masked up.
     
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  13. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Rockall?
     
  14. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Rockall would be the next stop from there.
     
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  15. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    St Kilda?
     
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  16. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Yup, but it looks like I won't be on tomorrow's boat as planned! Thursday or Friday maybe.

    So sitting drinking in the sun outside the pub at Leverburgh, watching the ferry go and making use of CalMac's WiFi!
     
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  17. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Are you going on that new fast boat service? I've had opportunities in the past to get to st kilda on "normal" boats but the length of the journey has put me off as I'm prone to sea sickness. Tempted to give the fast boat a go some day although i suppose it also removes some of the romance of its isolation.
     
  18. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Lucky thing. I'd love to go there. We're off to South Uist, Barra then Eigg next week though :) hopefully the midgies won't be too terrible :hmm:
     
  19. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    No problem with midges when I was up there. Too windy. :thumbs:
     
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  20. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    I went to Eigg a few years ago and I don't recall the midges being a problem (on the same trip I was menaced by midges on the Isle of Rùm.) How are you getting from Barra to Eigg? Are you going for the Howlin Fling?
     
  21. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Yes, from Leverburgh. So fingers crossed for Thurs/Fri!

    Glorious morning at Luskintyre - got up about 4-30 to lovely sunrise light. Next to no midges last night but an interesting collection of Machair beasties under the tent this morning - glad I have my provisions in a sealed box. Also lovely wild orchids beside my tent.
     
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  22. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    It's been a longstanding ambition to go there that I hope I'll finally realise.

    However, if I don't, manage, I'll probably be shot for not going visiting at Tiagharry!
     
  23. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Enjoy:thumbs:
     
  24. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Yes, going for Howlin Fling. We went last year too. We're taking the bikes this year and making a bike packing holiday of it. Driving to Mallaig, ferry to Lochboisdale, riding down to Eriskay first night, ferry to Barra next morning, day/night riding round Barra, ferry back to Eriskay next day then a couple of days riding round South Uist, ferry back to Mallaig, a very welcome night in a hotel in Arisaig and ferry to Eigg next morning. Weekend there, ferry back and drive home Sunday. Can't wait.
     
  25. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Needed my first bit of DEET last night. A light onslaught nr Balallan but not a great deal really. Got my boat confirmed for Friday and work warned that I might be a couple of days late as it looks like the boat problems continue. They were apparently having to reverse everything off the Lochboisdale ferry because the front failed to open - adding hours to loading/unloading.

    There are worse places to be stranded. It was reading over 30c at one point yesterday! :D
     
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  26. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Light smattering of midgies tonight but my neighbor has a woodburner which does the job nicely for both of us.

    Met three Swiss guys earlier who climbed out of their van in full-on gloves and anti-midgie net headgear, promptly spraying each other for added defence and saying how terrible the beasties were. - I was a bit WTF! There's hardly any. Wonder if there is a market for anti-midgie Nicky Tams? :D

    Boat to St Kilda confirmed for tomorrow and work told that I can't cut a ferry back till the middle of next week. Heh..! ;)
     
  27. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    I'm underway - at last!
     
  28. friedaweed

    friedaweed Branded as a fool

    3 weeks and I'll be on me way to Bettyhill save some midges for me. :thumbs:
     
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  29. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Have them all. Another midgie free day here.

    Although a couple of the eight cats who stood in hopeful audience to my having my tea at Leverburgh did try to nibble my fingers off as I gave them the scraps! :D

    Stunning day, an experience beyond all expectations!
     
  30. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Saw the fast boat from Uig turn up - it's tiny. If you are any way prone to sea sickness m, don't use that one. I,m not too bad but I was glad to get off the larger, more stable fast boat I was on because I probably wouldn't have held it down much longer. All was well on the way back though, despite more wind and a heavier swell for the first hour or so. Fell asleep and awoke to flat calm and glorious pre-sunset light as we approached the Sound of Harris. :D
     
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