Posted by: wildswimmers | July 19, 2012

Killer midges at Loch Aral

Jellyfish season is well and truly here so last Tuesday the club swam in our lovely freshwater Loch Aral.  Lovely dark brown fresh warm water, and mist encircling the surrounding hills made for an atmospheric swim.  The keenites did a really good 40 minute workout up and down the loch, while Duggie, Fraser and I chatted and swam in a leisurely fashion, enjoying the swirling mist.  Unbeknownst to us, midges were gathering in their billions and they mounted a sudden and vicious attack while we were changing.  Clouds and throngs of the blighters surrounded each swimmer, and exclamations of horror and anguish were heard.  Some lucky people had midge hoods.  Fraser had smothered himself in a secret anti midge preparation.  Others were ill prepared and suffered greatly before leaping half dressed into their cars and swerving off up the road.  A desperate business and possibly worse than a few jellyfish…



  1. There is no animal as horrid as the Scottish midge..


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