An academic 'eaten alive' by midges during a trip to the Highlands said the pests should not deter campers.
Alan Mackie, who teaches at the University of Edinburgh, said he was "eaten alive" by midges during his latest hiking trip in the Cairngorms.
He was camping in Gleann an t-Slugain on Friday morning when he saw a swarm of midges.
Alan said: "It was the worst experience I have personally had with midges in all my time walking and camping.
"But, you shouldn't let them put you off camping in Scotland.
"If you go prepared, camping allows you to see rugged and remote Scotland in all its beauty."
And he joked he had 'no legs left, just bites' with the creatures even getting inside his nostrils and ears.
Alan said: "They are pretty resourceful at finding weakness in your defences.
"I have bites inside my ears and in my nostrils. Very unpleasant.
"I think this has been a vintage year for them.
"I have no legs left, just bites."
Alan said he believed the midges were particularly bad due to the low 2mph wind.
The outdoor enthusiast recommends the product 'Smidge' to any of those wishing to brave the Highlands while the weather is calm.
"We were well protected," he added.
"I have a lot of experience of the midge, so I went well prepared.
"Though, my trousers had vents in the back that I discovered too late, so I wasn't that well prepared.