A dad was bitten by midges 500 times across his body after he fell asleep while camping with his tent open.

Stephen Durham woke up covered in bites as he camped on the Isle of Arran, reports Daily Record.

The Middlesborough native says he was bitten "at least 500 times" after he fell asleep with just his trousers on during the camping weekend.

Stephen, 52, was bitten on Saturday after travelling to a beauty spot with his friends Jonathan Long and Adam Robinson.

The trio climbed A'chir ridge before pitching a tent at Glen Rosa campsite and celebrated by cracking open a bottle of Jack Daniels.

Stephen woke up with hundreds of bites

Stephen said: “I’m normally so careful with midges, I have my long sleeves and a net but I got so drunk it all went out the window.

“I don't normally drink as a rule but we decided to take a bottle of Jack Daniels with us.

“My pals went to bed. They weren’t bothered about having a drink because they were so tired so I thought, right I will crack it open myself.

"I finished off the bottle and at some point climbed into my tent in just my pants with the door open.

But the next day the explorer woke up covered in red itchy bites after midges had feasted on him during the night.

The dad had climbed into his tent with just his pants

He continued: “I woke up the next day with about a zillion bites on me, it was so itchy it was unreal. I also felt really lethargic and my joints were aching everywhere.

“I had a fever as well and it took me about two days to get over it, I should have gone to the doctors but I didn’t.

“The bites have gone now and left loads of little purple dots all over my body. I hope they don’t permanently scar.”

Midge bites often look similar to mosquito bites - they leave small, red lumps that can be painful and very itchy on the surface of the skin.

The insects bit him all over his body

Despite being a regular camper Stephen had never seen so many midges in the one area.

He said: “We opened the door to put our bags in the car and get in ourselves when thousands of midges flew in the car.

“It was about ten seconds but they were everywhere, there must be some kind of infestation I have never known it to be that bad before.

“It was a bit of a nightmare the next day we had about a five and a half hour journey home but I had all these bites and a horrible hangover.

Apart from the bites we had a brilliant time, they didn’t really cause any pain.

“I just couldn’t wait to get home to bed, I’ve learned my lesson though so it will never happen again.”