My husband and I are flying to Edinburgh in early June and will be staying a few days before we get our rental car and drive across the Highlands and also visit Skye (5-night road trip). We have read of the misery of the midges, and our mosquitoes back home REALLY like me, so we want to be prepared.
1) realistic experience as to how bad the midges typically are in the first week of June? We plan to drive and stop, and just do short hikes (<30 minutes) from the car before driving again, so we are hoping we aren’t too vulnerable. We DO plan to do the longer hikes on Skye (Storr and Quirang).
2) we think it would be most convenient to buy repellent and maybe a hood during our days in Edinburgh. Where can we easily buy these items? Would we need a hood for our type of short hikes?