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Thread: Glencoe: best time to visit?

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    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.

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    David

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    Yes, in theory April, May & June are the driest but that is just a statistic. Last year the weather was completely back to front. We had the wettest weather when it should have been driest and had relatively drier periods when it is usually wetter (August!!).
    More reliably there is less of a midge problem April, May and early June. September can be a good time with periods of good weather.
    If you have the choice avoid the holiday months of July and August when the schools and European visitors can crowd places.

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    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.

    Slainte

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    April by a mile.

    You have to have snow on them hills!

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    what nick says.

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    Just completely avoid it any time I might be there) I think I have had one decent spell of good weather in more than 10 summer visits. However, I am usually much luckier in Winter.

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    yeah go for glencoe for your first scotish walk. avoiding the midgies is a good tip but more so if you are camping. april-may or september can be best. post walk drinks in the clachaig is a must.

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    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 ...

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    It seems to me Skip, that if its mild and warm during May it brings the little blighters on, but if there is frost during April for a few days it seems to "check" them a bit and they have to start again. I know when I am digging my peat you want to have it dug and lying on the ground by the start of June if you can, midgies will be out but its only the females that bite and the males are first on the scene, so they could be flying by the end of May but not bite, as I said it can be slightly different every year < but they seem to appear and be around by the 2nd week in June >

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    Quote Originally Posted by That bastard Skip View Post

    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 ...
    Midges go pretty high but they cannot cope with wind so they are less likely up high. Tips take a midge head net in the midge season and skin cover. If it is at all calm, camp high and exposed
    They are worse when you stop so stop high and exposed.

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    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.

    Pete.

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    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 sunshine
    Cuillin - 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.

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    TIP:-
    I've had bad midges on the summit (3000' + no wind) and no midges lower down at the col (good breeze) on the same hill. Sometimes the updraft at a col can be 'better' than actually on the summit/ridge.

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    Thanks everyone - think I'll go for early May and take some of that Avon cream with me.

    Regards

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Jones 27 View Post

    Thanks everyone - think I'll go for early May and take some of that Avon cream with me.

    Regards

    David
    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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