Midges In Scotland, How To Avoid Them

August 19, 2011

General Information


Midges in Scotland are one of the first things many tourists mention when on holiday in Scotland. These little beasties can have many people waving their arms in the air or running for safety indoors.

But what do we know about the Scottish Midge

There are 35 species of midges in Scotland and not all of them bite, in fact only 5 species will actually bite you. The highland midge is the little culprit that gets many of us running around in circles and it will bite you to take blood to enable them to lay eggs and this is why it is actually only the female Midge that bites.

The midge will actually only come out during the day if there is cloud cover because they are actually sensitive to light, this is the reason why you will generally see them under the shade of a tree, they hate windy conditions and very dry weather and prefer cooler and damp areas, you will find them mostly in woods and forests but can be found almost anywhere. They are in abundance only during the Scottish summer months and you are most likely to find them early morning or late in the afternoon so try and avoid these times for your picnics.

What Can I Do To Avoid Midges

The midges seem to prefer dark clothing rather than light colours, If you do have to go among the midges try and cover your exposed skin or wear a midge head net, you can also purchase many repellents to protect yourself from Midges, a good tip is to use Skin So Soft by Avon this has been recommended to me by many people and actually works.

One thing we have to remember about the Midge is that it plays a major part in Scotland’s ecosystem and provides food for many animals including birds and bats. So please remember these little beasties are a valuable part of Scotland and have been around for hundreds of years, without this little creature Scotland could be a much lesser place to visit, and what would Scotland be without its little friend, you tell me?

My Top 5 Tips To Avoid Midges

Keep walking; midges tend to hover in one place in the shade

Sit in the sunlight and avoid shaded areas

Stay in the breeze Midges like still air

Wear Avon skin so soft (secret weapon worn by many workers in Scotland)

Avoid early morning and late afternoon outdoors

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3 Responses to “Midges In Scotland, How To Avoid Them”

  1. Ross Slater Says:

    Some people say that Nessie is the biggest myth in Scotland – in fact it is Skin so soft being a good way to keep midges at bay. I have tried SSS and it didnt work. Another time at Loch Oich me and a couple of friends time put SSS on one arm and a DEET based repellent on the other arm. Lets just say the SSS covered arms were bitten and the DEET one not a bite.

    DEET is not great for the skin so I now use smidge which I got up in Gairloch last year recommended by the shop owner who also sells SSS as tourists are duped into the myth and wont buy anything else as they think they have been let into a great secret. And do you not think if SSS was any use the vast marketing department of multi-billion dollar Avon would be marketing it????


    • greg Says:

      Thanks for the information Ross, I suppose different things may work for some people more than others, ASSS seems to work ok for myself and i use it.

      But now you have mentioned it i will give DEET a try, anything to keep the pesky little things at bay : ) thanks for taking the time to post a comment.


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