The midges can drive you mad. I have seen myself having to quit fishing beside a loch because they come down in clouds. I have also seen the inside of my tent...ĒBlackĒ with the little devils.
However it is not always doom and gloom. They will not appear if there is even a slight breeze..because they are so small..they know they will be blown away. They also like long damp grass or trees to shelter in if there is a breeze... so best pitch yourself on an open part of the campsite..rather than in the shelter. They donít come around much during the day..mostly early morning or evening when there is absolutely no wind. They vary in intensity too..if its a long hot dry spell..this keeps them at bay too..as they like damp conditions
June is the best month to visit Scotland..they start appearing about mid june but donít seem to bite ..perhaps their teeth are still too weak then..but come July onwards they can bite no problem. They are then around until the first frosts..around October kill them off.
I often cook my breakfast on the SIB in the morning..as 50 yards from shore..they donít find you.
Some folk are not bothered much by them.. I get bitten and I find it is very uncomfortable.. because of the volume of bites. Some folks seem to have a reaction to them and swell up with facial bites etc.
However they certainly donít put me off going out in them.. put on midge lotion and they wont bite..but they still crawl over you looking for a place without lotion..thats why a head net is the only way..for me and my mates anyhoo :-D
PS..just noticed Jeffs reply..Avon changed the formula a while back on Avon skin so soft..it doesnt seem to worth as well..."Smidge" is one of the better repellants..but they still crawl on you..nasty brutes