I'm thinking of doing an HF holiday at their place in Glencoe; hope to be doing the harder walks up Munros and Corbetts. Any views on best time for this? I'm thinking of May/June when according to Met Office data rainfall is lowest. (I should add that I've never walked in Scotland.) The Cairngorms are drier, but Glencoe is more appealing initially.
May is usually a reasonable month weather wise and it is pre midge season, although depending on the conditions they do become a bit of a nuisance from the end of that month through to September.
April by a mile.
You have to have snow on them hills!
Hmmm, I've been wondering about the midges too. A group of us are planning to camp in the Fort Bill area during the first week of June (we can't go earlier in the year due to work diaries).
Have the little bastards got into their stride by then?
How high do midges go? I mean, are there fewer of 'em the higher up the hills you get? We'll be doing a fair bit of walking (including Ben Nevis) and don't fancy the prospect of being eaten alive all day.
Any anti-midge tips? Apart from staying south of the border, of course ...
That bastard Skip wrote (see)
How high do midges go? I mean, are there fewer of 'em the higher up the hills you get? We'll be doing a fair bit of walking (including Ben Nevis) and don't fancy the prospect of being eaten alive all day.Any anti-midge tips? Apart from staying south of the border, of course ...
I've been midged climbing a route on the Inn Pinn! But as Derek says it's wind that'll do for them and there's more of that in exposed places like mountain tops.
Staying south of the border? I've been midged pretty effectively in the Yorkshire Dales...
I'd go with the back end of April/early May as my favoured window, though as has been said it might be behaving very badly at any time.
I am usually in Scotland over easter and doing some hills, the last 5 years have included:
South Cluanie Ridge - Gale force winds driving snow and sleat North Cluanie Ridge (5 Sisters) - Spring snow, glorious sunshineCuillin - no snow,blazing sunshine, mild sunstroke Carn Gorm - Spring snow, driving rain, high winds, sunshine (all on the same day)Grey Corries, CMD, Ben Nevis - overcast, cold but dry
What everybody else says about midges.
Thanks everyone - think I'll go for early May and take some of that Avon cream with me.
David Jones 27 wrote (see)
Thanks everyone - think I'll go for early May and take some of that Avon cream with me.RegardsDavid
And but the best head net you can,like others have said...
Most of all try not to worry about them too much and enjoy
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