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Motoring holiday in U.K. in May - need advice

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1. Posted by Rudradeb (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

My wife and I are planning a motoring holiday in England/ Scotland/ Wales starting 15th May. We would rather go camping than stay in B&Bs.
Would the weather be conducive for camping? And what about midges? Does it make sense to become a member of the Camping & Caravanning Club?
Also, should we become National Trust members or members of English Heritage or neither?
Any information will be appreciated.


2. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Hi, unfortunately I Cant answer all your questions but i'm sure there are some here who can.

The weather here in May hsould be nice and make camping enjoyable. The midges, well theyre just a fact of life here, not particularly harmful. I think you can get some sort of creams that repel them...

Enjoy your holiday...

3. Posted by Rudradeb (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Thanks Manc,
The midges may not be harmful but they are definitely most irritating.
Hope some members who are into camping post a few replies.

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Hi Rud - you'll be fine camping, provided you are prepared for rain.

As a side note, a recent study suggested that Scotland loses £9 billion annually in tourist revenue because of tourists who refuse to return because of midges!!!

5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

It would probably be best to start in the south and head north as May will be warm on the south coast of england but not so warm in the highlands of scotland. I would also bear in mind that you may have to spend 1 or 2 nights in a b&b if it rains non-stop for a week as it could easily do anywhere in the UK. Mind you the last 2 summers have been roasting hot so hopefully it will be 3 in a row this year!

6. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 9y

Midges? In fifty years of living in England I've never been bothered by midges. They are a nuisance in some parts of Scotland at certain times of year (you'll need a Scot to give you more details) but otherwise it's not an issue.

If you're planning on camping, you'll need to be pretty hardy, and still allow for the possibility of using more weather-proof accommodation when the need arises.