Avon Skin So Soft, did me well and no hazardous chemicals on the skin, however my o/h advises me that Avon have changed the recepie so can't guarantee it's potency any more.
Avon never did guarantee midge protection with Skin so Soft. All scientific surveys of midge repellants have come to the conclusion that the ONLY thing that actually works is the chemical N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, known commonly as Deet.
There is apparently a lot of anecdotal evidence of SsS working but this is not the case in any actual scientific studies which show that SsS has no actual effect on the midgies!
When purchasing a midge repellant the higher the Deet content the more effective the product. Personally I also use a 'net' over a brimmed hat. You will see most outdoor workmen, such as BT and the Hydro wearing them when they are working in the 'season' up in the Highlands.
Anyway apart from that, thank you for sharing your trip with us TomKat. If you are up north of Inverness again please let me know and perhaps I can show you a few great SIB areas.