Originally Posted by ooglewoogle
....The late cold snap this year should help keep the numbers down though I believe.
Ha! yer reckon? These are Scottish midgies not any old midgies. They're here already and I'm on the east coast.
Any of the Autan insect repellent products work well, they smell ok and don't stink, are available in most chemists and rubber neck shops, roll on, spray and cream so you have a choice. Boots do their own brand which smells the same, feels the same and works the same. On the west coast or highlands with no wind - sun or rain there will be midgies. Hot sun keeps them down though, but this is Scotland... If there's a breeze they can't cope, unfortunately it's surprising how often it is calm. As Keith said, an anti-midge net for your face is good but they spoil your vision and midgies don't only land on your face.
Don't underestimate the midge, they can seriously spoil your holiday and make you not come back. I've even had them come and find us on the boat a mile offshore when anchored. But I've also had clouds of them vanish inexplicably, oh the relief, kinda like banging your head against a brick wall...it's good when it stops.
Some folk have a bad reaction to the bites, swelling is common, especially around the eyes and anti-histamine tablets can work wonders. If you are one of these folk, carry Anthisan cream with you as well as repellent and apply it asap.
The folk who say Scottish midges are not a problem obviously don't taste good.