Quick Answer: Where In Scotland Are There No Midges?

Where is the best place to avoid midges in Scotland?

How avoid the midges during your vacation in ScotlandVisit the Eastern part of Scotland, including the Cairngorms National Park.

Go to museums, distilleries and castles on dull, dank days.

Enjoy the wind.

Avoid the west coast.More items…•.

What are midges attracted to?

Midge’s primary nourishment comes from flower nectar and other high-sugar juices, such as plant sap. Midges are also attracted to humans, their pets and livestock thanks to the CO2, body heat and particular scents we make.

What time of year does Scotland have midges?

When is midge season in Scotland? Typically May until September. Midges begin to emerge during May (usually mid-late May). These are typically the non-biting boys.

Are there midges on Isle of Skye?

There’s no such place as a midge-free location on Skye! Between May and September, midges come and go with the time of day and the weather. They are most prevalent in the early morning and the evening. They are also around when there is cloud cover and no wind.

What smell do midges hate?

Citronella candles These are really effective and suit outdoor eating scenarios, picnics and BBQs, although BBQ smoke does a good job of keeping the midges away too. Midges dislike the smell of the candles, so burn a couple at a time to double your chances of keeping them away.

Why do I keep getting bitten by midges?

Why do midges bite? Only the females bite. They need a protein-rich meal of fresh blood in order to mature their eggs. Both the males and the females rely on sugar meals for energy for flight but the females need more than this to ensure the next generation. Female midges feed on the blood of birds as well as mammals.

Where are the midges in Scotland?

Culcoides impunctatus in Scotland are found in highest numbers in the Western Highlands. It is here that the ideal midge habitats are found. However, in smaller numbers, midges can be found across most of the country where areas of damp soil for breeding can be found.

Do you get midges on the west coast of Scotland?

West coast is generally far worse for midges. But these are Scottish midges so expect them when you least expect them. They tend to be in wet & uncultivated land – so the further north & west you go the worse you get. They do however hate wind so you won’t find them on windy days.

Why does Scotland have so many midges?

But what they actually found was that, due to the constant freezing temperatures; most of the midge’s natural predators had sat the winter out, leaving the midge population to boom. So every time there’s a freezing winter (which is most about every winter in Scotland) the midge population is set to bloom in spring.

Can midges bite through clothing?

Citriodiol® based repellents will help stop midges from biting but not from swarming around you. Covering skin with clothing will also help prevent being bitten as midges can’t bite through material, and light clothing is preferable to dark.

Is there anywhere in Scotland without midges?

In the Inverness and Loch Ness area, most places by the coast and along Loch Ness are pretty much midge free, but in other places like Glen Affric you are more likely to encounter them.

How bad are midges in Scotland?

If you travel in the Lowlands then midges in Scotland won’t be much of a problem. If you’re in the Highlands and the wind-speed is more than 5mph (8km/ph), then the same applies.

How do you stop midges in Scotland?

You see midges need soil to lay their eggs (they love peaty soil) and they’re too tiny to cope with a breeze. You can avoid them by staying high in the mountains during the day and spending the nights indoors. They also hate sunshine. Go to Scotland in a heatwave and even the Highlands will be largely midge-free.

How bad are midges on Skye?

A. Living and walking a lot on Skye we find that tales of midges do tend to get a bit exaggerated. As long as there is a breeze the midges will not bother you too much so best advice is to head up a hill. They are worst in damp, humid weather and they tend to hang around water and heather.

What time of day are midges most active?

The Highland Midge is most active in low-light conditions i.e dawn and dusk, or when cloud cover significantly reduces the intensity of the sunlight. Whatever the weather, take your Smidge and midges won’t cloud your day.