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The Highland Midgie On The North Coast 500

The highland midgie is a species of small flying insect that is found mainly along the west of the North Coast 500, they are usually more prevalent around late spring to late summer.

The Highland midge is a small flying insect that can be found in the Scottish Highlands, including along the North Coast 500 route. These insects are notorious for their irritating bites, and they can be a nuisance to visitors who are not prepared.

Here are a few tips for dealing with midges along the North Coast 500

  • Use insect repellent - There are a variety of insect repellents available that are effective against midges. Look for products that contain DEET or picaridin, and apply them regularly to exposed skin.
  • Wear protective clothing - Midge netting can be worn over hats and faces to keep the insects away. Long-sleeved shirts and pants can also provide some protection.
  • Avoid peak midge season - Midges are most active from May to September, so visitors who are particularly sensitive to midge bites may want to plan their trip outside of these months.
  • Stay in areas with a breeze - Midge populations are highest in still, humid conditions, so staying in areas with a breeze can help keep the insects at bay.
  • Be prepared - If you are planning to camp or spend time outdoors, bring plenty of insect repellent and midge netting. You may also want to consider bringing a midge trap or zapper to help control the insects in your immediate area.

By following these tips, visitors can minimize the impact of midges and enjoy their trip along the North Coast 500.