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What are the ‘Wee Highland Beasties’?

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They are found all over the UK, but mainly in the tranquil Highlands in Scotland. They are often referred to as the ‘wee beasties’, as they can make you itch like you never have before and are tiny, being smaller than a finger nail. They like the summer months, when it is a hot day and they can take shelter in the woods. Their appetite for humans has no boundaries, particularly for tourists who are out appreciating the Scottish scenery and enjoying a refreshing beer. The females are the ones to watch out for, especially when they come together in a large mass. Some groups of these beasties can inflict approximately 3,000 bites in just one hour. Have you guessed what it is yet? A final clue is that this beastie is an invertebrate, meaning that it has no internal skeleton.



As you may have guessed, we are referring to the midge. Want to avoid being bitten by these tiny beasties? Cover up as much exposed skin as you possibly can with lightly coloured clothing. Obviously if you were to entirely cover your face, you will not be able to breathe and so you may consider purchasing our effective Pop-Up Hat and Head Net, made of high quality mesh that has 600 holes per square inch, meaning that you will be bite free and still fabulous! However, if it is a really humid day and you can’t face wearing long sleeved clothing, we recommend that you apply our Trek Midge repellent, which contains 20% micro-encapsulated Saltidin. This amazing repellent lasts for up to 12 hours, from a single application!

Find out more ‘wee beastie’ facts in this midge infographic:

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Midge Infographic Lo Res 11.08.16-01

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Written by Kirsty


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