Orkneys in August?

Old Apr 20th, 2007, 06:44 AM
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Orkneys in August?

Hi, I am asking for advice about going to the Orkneys and the Hebrides in August.I read about the "MIDGES" and wondered if I should put off the trip til next Spring.
This is my fourth trip to Scotland.It will be my husband's second trip. We have never been to the islands and have not been in Scotland in August.
Input about places to stay are also welcome. We are planning on driving.
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Old Apr 20th, 2007, 07:00 AM
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I'd put it off to next Spring.
Midges are an absolute misery.

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Old Apr 20th, 2007, 07:39 AM
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A couple of years ago I was in Orkney in late August and the midges didn't bother us at all. It was too windy for them to be a nuisance. I don't know if that's typical or not. It was in the Calendonioan forest (can't remember the park's name) near Inverness where the midges drove us crazy.
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Old Apr 20th, 2007, 01:38 PM
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A few minutes from Kirkwall the Foveran hotel has only a few rooms but amazing food. In Kirkwall the Ayre Hotel was good and the Orkney Hotel also has lovely food.

Look at www.visitorkney.com for other ideas
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Thank you so much- those of you that replied to my post. I always like to gather as much info as possible.There is no better way than to glean it from those who have been there.Nancytoon
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Midges are NOT a good thing, but they're no reason to avoid Orkney in August. Buy some Autan and you're away.

I'm not a massive fan of hotel accommodation in Orkney, I would have to say. It might be the one place I'd resort of B&Bs.

Ther's masses of really nice self-catering tho'
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Midges yes but not as bad as finland or mainland north scotland. The howling gales seem to keep them down.

B+Bs or even rent an appartment will be better than a true hotel and probably less noisy than a pub/hotel full of holiday makers
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Can vouch for the Foveran,a small hotel,more like a guesthouse. There are also several good B&B's.

I was there in August and I'll probably ruin my midge karma but never encountered them. It wasn't particulary windy either.
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To check out the Foveran go to www.foveranhotel.co.uk.

You may have difficulty finding a room if your visit is Saturday 11th August as this is the County Show day and all hotels etc will be booked early.
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