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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 2 months ago #11223

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steveR wrote:
Have fun and believe you me, you will. The bummer about the West Highlands is that it is so far to bloody well go! I work on getting North of the Hell that is the Manchester conurbation before the scenery is decent. You guys coming from the east will have a different set of problem areas/...



I have been fortunate enough to have ridden all the roads you have highlighted Ferdie and you will not be disappointed. I prefer to avoid the A82 "in season" it's full of caravans and buses, move West and it's quieter. Spend some time working a good route coming back through the Borders as they can be every bit as rewarding as the Highlands to ride... Half and hour with Best Biking Roads will sort you a cracking route.



TP is spot on about the 'effin' midgies, they are evil! Get on the coast and you will be OK. I stopped on a cracking "midge free" site South of Oban, so good I stopped 2 nights and travelled out from it to tour each day. Here Nice and easy to get into Oban for beer and GREAT fish n chips!



Ardna is a fun ride out to Sanna point, some of the Scots lads off the XRV forum I have ridden with like to wild camp on the beach there, but I like a shower and a sit down loo at the end of a day's riding



The midges are buggers, though Matt (on the Austin Vince XR) might have proven repellant ideas?
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 2 months ago #11226

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Our office secretary is a Scottish lady and she has told me to take garlic pills ( non smelling ones) and use a cream she has. I don't know name. Sorry. Ha
Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you're gonna be up again. But life goes on.
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 2 months ago #11227

The cream might be Avon Skin so soft?
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 2 months ago #11228

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ferdie wrote:
Our office secretary is a Scottish lady and she has told me to take garlic pills ( non smelling ones) and use a cream she has. I don't know name. Sorry. Ha


Avon skin so soft is well regarded, weirdly. As Tp says.


Some midge repellents are crap and do actually the opposite
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11230

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yep...that's it!!
Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you're gonna be up again. But life goes on.

Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11231

I cycled in Scotland in August, some of which shared a route with the West Highland Way, and wasnt really bothered by swarms of midges. Is it just something people say to put others off? I might just have been lucky with breezy days and the tail end of hurricane.

I recommend something that is near 100% deet just in case. If it melts through plastic and it says not to be sprayed on skin it should keep them off.
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11233

No it isn't something to put others off, we (Ben and I) have first hand experience of them.
It might also be worth mentioning that the local fishing shop in Fort William recommended the wearing of a face net.
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11236

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Trevor Pastrami wrote:
No it isn't something to put others off, we (Ben and I) have first hand experience of them.

It might also be worth mentioning that the local fishing shop in Fort William recommended the wearing of a face net.


And they were buggerS. Looked like I had chicken pox!
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11237

All that and the only bites we got were from the little barstewards.
With no exaggeration (OK perhaps a lot) they were flying around with knives and forks with napkins around their necks, and we were the main course!
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11240

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DON'T use Deet !!!!

Once in Africa on a 2 week beach break my girlfriend woke me in the night, worried about a lone mozzy. I was made to search for the little bugger for 15 mins to no avail. As i was unable to find it the girlfriend decided the only action left to save our souls was to cover us both in Deet. She covered arms and most of my upper torso. As i went back to bed i folded my arm under the pillow, closing the inner elbow touching my forearm to my bicep. In the morning when i awoke i opened my arm to find the skin had stuck together and sort of melted in the night. For the remainder of the holiday 7/8 days i had a big red wet chemical burn from the bloody deet. I think it couldn't oxidize off my skin into the atmos because i covered it over pressing the two skin surfaces together, as the other arm was fine.

Beware !!
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11241

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See the inner arm

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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11242

Ouch that looks sore.
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11253

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We will want to see a big write up on your tour, with loads of pics too ill be doing one for the TT, though strictly not adventure bikes, it'll be an adventure for me and might help this who might fancy 2017!
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11258

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Trevor Pastrami wrote:
The cream might be Avon Skin so soft?


Yep, it works and is a squaddie recommended product! I use a Boots Jungle Formula, but every souvenir shop in the Highlands sells midgie repellant

Eating Marmite works too I am told!! Dunno if I could eat enough though...
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Re: Highlands & The Islands - Tour 2016 3 years, 1 month ago #11259

If you are caught out at the wrong time of year, the local fishing shops sell hats with midge veils, you might feel a twonk wearing one, but it's better than having those pesky critters in your face.
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