There are many things that I love about the Scottish Highlands but the inevitable summer midge invasion is not one of them! Those that have experienced the swarm of the Scottish midge will know how ferocious these tiny biting terrors can be, those that haven't may wonder how such a minuscule flying beastie can be so feared.
As I booked my summer holiday in the midge hotspot of the NW Scottish Highlands this year I gratefully accepted an offer from Pyramid Travel Products to try out their midge protection range, FYI t-shirts telling them to F**k Off don't work!
A Scottish business with considerable practical and scientific expertise in global travel and developing products that protect against insect and water-borne diseases, they are a small but innovative company.
I tried three of their products, offering various degrees of protection and suitable for different occasions. Over my holidays I developed a 3 step plan and here is how I used their products.
1. Repel Midge
This is a spray on lotion which can be applied direct to exposed parts of the skin as per instructions.
When midges are out in force I find sprays are a bit limited as to where you can apply them and how long they last, not to mention that it is easy to miss bits so I personally prefer to keep covered with a long sleeve top and trousers.
I mainly used the spray on the back of my hands and it seemed to work as promised as my hands were bite free.
Our latest #Scotlanders campaign involved promoting some of our beautiful Scottish islands. As I live on the Isle of Bute, this is where I started my island adventure and it was a great opportunity for me to showcase some of the gems that my home has to offer. I decided to focus on some of the fantastic free things to do and show that you don't have to spend lots of money to have a great holiday.
I spent a day tweeting about some of the amazing beaches, history, wildlife, culture and walking that Bute has to offer, using the hashtag #ButeforFree and our campaign hashtag #Isleathon.
However, I am well aware that not everyone is on Twitter and I wanted to share my tips with anyone thinking about visiting the island so I have decided to put them all together on this special blog post.
I hope you find my recommendations useful and inspiring and if you have any suggestions of your own leave a comment below or tweet me @ScotAdventures and I will happily share them :-)
14 FREE things to do on the Isle of Bute in Tweets!
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