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Post by Mac 6460 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:14 pm

Can anyone up in the Highlands at the moment let me know how bad the midges are now. Heading up on Monday camping.

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Re: Midges

Post by Steve T » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:39 pm

Your in luck, in a way cos no rain = no midges :D


The horse flies, or clegs as they're called up here, are out in force

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... s-44695515

Suffered them last weekend up at Durness - fecking squadrons of the blighters. At least you can easily see them, just before you cause a blood splatter as you kill them where they land :shock:

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Re: Midges

Post by Oop North John » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:49 pm

This site gives a good idea of what's happening. In their interest to make it sound worse than it is:


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Re: Midges

Post by Mac 6460 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:07 pm

Thanks guys , that's helpful

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Re: Midges

Post by mabawza » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:21 pm

The midges have not been that bad in Gairloch this year, but as Steve pointed out there are a few clegs about, I was up the hills allday on me bike and not a single bite.
As for the Smidge forecast take it with a pinch of salt, its the people who sell Smidge that do the forecast :lol:

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Re: Midges

Post by sprintster » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:48 pm

A bit hit and miss with the clegs I think.I'm on a couple of hillwalking Facebook pages and they're an epidemic in some places but I've been camping in the East Cairngorms the last two weekends and haven't seen any.

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Post by Beepee » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:54 pm

Wee bit hill walking yesterday and had to cut it short, the Clegs were a nightmare ! as soon as you stopped they were like ATTAAAAAAACCCKKKK !!!
Never even got my hilltop soup !

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Re: Midges

Post by lancashirelad » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:29 pm

We had a trial up Trough of Bowland last Sunday observing was a nightmare the Clegs kept giving their mates directions to me I had to knock them off with my observers board :D
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Re: Midges

Post by P4ulie » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:19 pm

It can't be any worse than Cornwall at the moment, the Horse Flies or 'clegs' as youse up north call em we're a nightmare. I really can't decide which are worse, there's more midges but the clegs pack a nasty wallop & won't even stay outside :evil:
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