And I can tell you from personal experience, I’ve been on my Outlander Tours the beginning of June, the middle of July and the beginning of August, and I have never been bothered by midges. Have I seen them? Yes, a couple. And only once did I see a bunch – it was at dusk and I was at a picnic table at the edge of water at a B&B that is not part of the tour.
I can understand why you would be worried about it when you see the scary headlines about them. But Midges thrive on still, humid conditions, are most active at dawn and dusk, and the so-called ‘midge season’ runs from May to September in Scotland.
That’s a good reason to go in June, July or August because dawn is at 3:06 am in the Scottish Highlands, on summer solstice in Inverness – that is an hour when most of us are under the covers or searching for our eye shades. Dusk in Inverness (11:31 pm on June 20, 2019) is when you’re in a pub or back in bed.
Since the midges are out from May to September, so there is no sense in trying to plan your Outlander Tour around the midges. High summer can be busy but the sun is out longer so there are pluses and minuses to each season.
I have posted a question on my facebook page to people who have gone on the tours to get their input on whether they were bothered by midges or not.
The tour guides from Inverness Tours (who are the drivers and guides for the Outlander Immersion & Redoux tours) do carry insect repellent in their vans – but I’ve never even seen them use it (although they do give it to you to take along on your walk when you visit Glen Affric). The guides are careful about not letting midges in the van.
For a very thorough discussion, this Highland Titles page has very good information. If you have questions about midges or the advantages and disadvantages of different dates, please give me a call or send me an email or use my contact page.