Another picture describing the west coast weather from the last week. Clouds with a few rays of sun and frequent showers! Looking at what's in store for us next week it looks like summer unfortunately left early this year leaving us to pack with us that extra waterproof layer when going for a walk or just out to the car at the start of the week.
Today: It has been a rather cloudy morning with scattered showers projected (and as I write this I can see the drops start falling outside...). Showers looks to be turning heavier and more frequent throughout the day, perhaps with a rumble of thunder. The evening looks to be drier as the showers will ease.
Monday: looks to be mostly dry with sunny spells to start the day, some showers building but well scattered and a few places staying dry.
Tuesday: is projected to be sunnier, with lighter winds and less frequent showers.
Wednesday: looks to be much like the Tuesday with sunny spells and dryer grounds.
Thursday: is projected to be cloudier with light rain throughout the day.
Friday: looks to be another cloudy day with the showers lingering, which looks to become heavier overnight and might leave us with a very wet Saturday morning.
Saturday: looks to end the week just like it started, cloudy with showers and a few sunny spells. The rain looks to be continuing over night.
Although this week's weather doesn't look like the ideal holiday there is no shortage of things to get up to when the weather doesn't allow us to work up a sun burn while playing a game of putting or having afternoon tea on the front lawn! Keep an eye out for the next blog post to see what you can get up to on the rainy days this week - there are many ways of avoiding the wet cat situation when on holiday!
We are welcoming August with very shifting weather. The West Coast Weather for the last week has been difficult to plan around but has brightened up significantly in the evenings, making them perfect for pre-dinner walks. The next week on the west coast does however seem to be a bit colder, with continuing showers and
This Evening and Tonight: the showers have died out and left some evening sunshine. It might however be clouding over in the east later with some rain developing.
Monday: a cloudy start across the east with a few light showers. Brightening up from the west by the afternoon with just a few showers, which looks to be passing us. Somewhat warm temperatures will continue.
Tuesday: looks to become quite cloudy with possible showers
Wednesday: starting with a bright morning and looks to be mainly dry but with some showers developing in the afternoon. A few rays of sun are likely to be coming through as well.
Thursday: is projected to be quite cloudy in the early morning, but brightening up later during the day before the showers return midday.
Friday: looks to be slightly warmer despite the clouds and heavier showers.
Saturday: pretty similar to Friday, but with lighter showers continuing during the night.
Although the weather forecasts have been quite discouraging the evenings have brightened up significantly, leaving the eager camera enthusiasts with great opportunities to capture the Eriska wildlife and the beautiful colours Scottish nature has to offer.
If you have taken any pictures of the beautiful nature on and around Eriska you would like to share, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a little bit about why or when you took it and I will share them on our Pinterest profile.
We are delighted to be able to announce our Autumn wine event at Eriska for the weekend commencing on Friday 15th November!
This year we are to be joined by Mark O'Bryen MW Regional Sales Manager for Taittinger Champagne for a weekend of exquisite gastronomy and bubbles with real character at Eriska. But first a little about Champaigne Taittinger!
The Champagne house was formed back in 1932 by Pierre Taittinger, firmly linking the wines with gastronomy which ethos of the strong connection between wines and food continue to today. The house has grown and developed over the years and faced many challenges but Taittinger Champagne is now firmly back under the control of the family having been bought back in 1996, and they have set about evolving the brand and insuring the consistency of the wines not ignoring their history. You can read more about their history here.
Château de la Marquetterie or the 'Cradle of Champagne Taittinger' is found nestled in the heart of the champenois vineyards just west of the village of Pierry. The estate was built in 1734 in the style of Louis XV, clinging to the hillside covered in vineyards. Château de la Marquetterie has been the property of Champagne Taittinger since 1932 and has seen many historic figures before this time such as Jacues Cazotte, and further building on the work of friar Dom Oduart, who developed the Champagne methods Champagne is known for today.
Mark who will be joining us at Isle of Eriska in November to hold the tutored tastings became a Master of Wine in 1996 and is one of around 250 Masters of Wine in the world. As a a roving ambassador for Taittinger Champagne he will be speaking about the world famous Taittinger. The event will be based round a Saturday gastronomic dinner where Mark and Head Chef Ross Stovold will combine to match the best from the French vineyards and cellars with the best form the gardens and hills of Scotland. In the afternoon Mark will run a brief tutored tasting of the champagne highlighting the key differences of the house and its plans for the future.
The cost of the weekend to include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast on two evenings, and the matched gastronomic dinner on the Saturday night will be £400 per person. You can find more information and enquire about the wine weekend by clicking on the button below.
Last week started with absolutely lovely warm temperatures and clear blue skies - West Coast Weather with a difference! Although some clouds did eventually catch up with us the temperatures were mild. The mild temperatures looks to be continuing, however the rain looks to be catching up with us for last week..
Today: there will be the odd heavy showers lingering into the evening but most places becoming dry with some late sunny spells. With light winds and clear spells some mist and fog patches are possible through the early hours today.
Monday: looks to be start with some early mist and fog patches but will soon clear to leave a bright day with some sunshine but also the occasional heavy, slow moving shower with a risk of thunder and good temperatures.
Tuesday: is predicted to provide some sunny periods and fewer showers.
Wednesday: Tuesday's weather seems to continue but feeling fresher later during the day.
Thursday: looks to be cloudy and muggy on with rain to clear leaving a brighter evening.
Friday: looks to keep the rain coming and the temperatures up with a few sunny spells throughout the day.
Saturday: looks to get a slight drop in temperatures and possibilities for thunder, otherwise a few sunny spells look to be coming through during the day.
A slightly humid week is projected. Time to hydrate and appreciate the few days of 'real summer' we do get on the West Coast of Scotland lies ahead!
We are very excited to welcome Ross Stovold to Isle of Eriska this week!
Ross Stovold previously held the position as head chef at Alimentum in Cambridge. Alimentum is a 50 cover restaurant which currently holds 3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Star. He also has a range of good quality businesses on his list of achievements, most recently Sat Bains in Nottingham and the New Angel in Devon. Ross' focus is on bringing a training and development ethos to the kitchen at Eriska.
Part of Ross' concept is to employ four apprentices in his team alongside a strong top level, leaving him time to train and work with the juniors in an endeavour to grow our own chefs of the future.
Our kitchen team focuses on the use of the freshest, local produce in a way which develops and enhances the flavours and taste of our through manipulating as little as possible. Ross will continue to work closely with local suppliers to ensure the best of Scottish produce is presented on our Menu.
Our dinner menu changes on a daily basis and offers a choice of starters and a choice of main courses, one a fish from the surrounding waters another a meat dish from the hills surrounding the island and a final vegetarian alternative inspired by one of the gardens or larders close at hand. But what is excellent food without wine...
Our comprehensive wine list accompanies the best of Scottish produce and offers outstanding value for money to diners, particularly when you compare our wine pricing with other top restaurants. Our comprehensive wine list runs to 40 pages and provides extensive options both geographically and in terms of price. Our wine list provides personal recommendations that are favourites of Eriska's Owner, Senior Hotel Manager and Sommelier, and we believe that you are likely to find some interesting options here that may even become one of your own favourites!
After high expectations for a week following the good weather present across the rest of the UK, we were delighted to welcome the summer temperatures and sunshine to Isle of Eriska Thursday evening!
We have had quite a few groups staying with us this month and they could not have arrived at a better time! Days by the beach, jumping from the bridge and tours on Bloodhound have been enjoyed over the weekend!
Living something that almost looks like a fairytale we start wondering about what lies in store for us next week..
Today: Overnight there were low clouds and mist, which slowly thinned before disappearing this morning. It looks to be a nice and dry afternoon with some patchy cloud and sunny periods. Still feeling very warm but not as hot as recently. Later tonight there will still be good temperatures, but some low clouds and mist looks to be returning and staying overnight.
Monday: Looks to have clouds clearing through the morning with many places seeing another dry and very warm day with sunshine.
Tuesday: is projected to be dry and very warm and mostly sunny weather will continue through with some clouds appearing in the evening.
Wednesday: looks to be cloudier with some thundery showers starting to develop, but it will still warm and somewhat humid.
Thursday: is yet again cloudier with some showers. There will also be some sunny spells, and become quite humid as the temperatures are still staying above the 15s with possibilities for thunder.
Friday: looks to be much like Thursday, slightly warmer with clouds and sunny spells with possibilities for thunder.
Saturday: is projected to stay the same in terms of temperature, but with heavier clouds and rain.
Although some clouds and showers are projected at the west coast next week don't forget the sun spray! I think I would bring it with me everywhere! I don't know about you but just the smell of sun spray makes me think of summer!
"This is an Aston Martin. You don't run over dead bodies in an Aston Matin." "Tell that to James Bond”!
Pretty much what our guests would say, we believe, as we had 17 Aston Martin's in the driveway Thursday afternoon, ranging from the legendary DB4GT Zagato (One of only 19 built!), DBS, Vantage, Vantage S and DB9 of which you may have seen on the TV screens at home or in the cinema!
The last few days have been fully scheduled with our resident martini mixolologist, whisky tastings and some heavanly meals.... Fit for a king or should we say Mr Bond himself?
The Start of Aston Martin...
An icon is born.. Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as 'Bamford & Martin Ltd.', the company has developed an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name Aston Martin following one of Lionel Martin's successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinhamshire, England. Within one year the first Aston Martin was built and registered with the name and in 1920 the business relocated to Kensington.
1947 saw the dawn of the 'David Brown Era' being acquired by the industrialist, the business expanded. Over the next few years the DB2 entered production quickly followed by 2nd and 3rd in class at Le Mans in 1951.
Sweeping to victory Aston Martin ended the 50s with further racing success as the 1959 world sports car championship through the winning success' of the Nurnburg 1000km and the Le Mans 24hr. 1960 saw the DB4 evolution and the founding of a historic collaboration with Zagato. As one of 19 Zagato's built, one visited Eriska! As an important year for the business the success of the DB4GT and the new launch of the DB5 would set its marks!
As most of us might already know the DB5 is frequently acclaimed as the most beautiful car in the world, entering production back in 1963. The following year saw the birth of a relationship that has left an indelible mark on popular culture as the DB5 was chosen as James Bond's car of choice in 'Goldfinger'.
The iconic DB moniker was restructured in 1993 with the introduction of the DB7. The 90s also saw Aston Martin feature in two separate James Bond Film's as the DB5 rolled back the years with a performance in 'Goldeneye' and 'Tomorrow Never Dies' in 2002 leading a new era of technology as the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish roared onto the screen. The introduction of the current flagship, the Aston Martin DBS took place in 2006, as it was seen for the first time in Daniel Craig's debut in 'Casino Royale'.
2008 saw the DBR9 take GT1 class victory at the Le Mans 24hr race for the second year in a row. The same year the Marque's love affair with James Bond continued as DBS made a second James Bond appearance by featuring in 'Quantum of Solace'.
Released in 2012, 'Skyfall' saw Mr. Bond in his 23rd film outing with the Aston Martin DB5 returning for its 6th appearance in one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. Nearly 50 years after its screen debut in 1964 the DB5 has left a mark on popular culture. the first of five distinct Aston martin's to be featured in James Bond films, the DB5 continues to be celebrated as one of the most iconic cars ever produced...
2013 is Aston Martin's 100th year of creating the most beautiful cars in the world, and we received the enthusiasts for a Bond themed week.
Mr. Bray, who has been with Aston Martin for over 30 years was asked a few trivial questions upon his arrival back to Isle of Eriska this evening. Starting with his favorite Aston Martin, which was not surprisingly the DB5 - there was a genuine love for the classic!
Q: Favorite Bond film? A: Skyfall
Q: Tell us about your best experience with Aston Martin? A: Travelling the world with Aston Martin.....
Want more information on the Bond Escape with an Aston Martin and Martini classes? Click on the button underneath to enquire!
I try each day to learn something new in an attempt to improve myself daily.
This may sound like a grand foolproof plan but at this rate I am not really making progress and sometimes not even standing still as I seem to become more forgetful-- well that's what all the team around me keep highlighting!!
So today as I drove out to get the papers I was listening to the history of St Swithens Day and hence the new obsession with the weather forecast for tomorrow
Swithun was initially buried out of doors, rather than in his cathedral, apparently at his own request. William of Malmesbury recorded that the bishop left instructions that his body should be buried outside the church, ubi et pedibus praetereuntium et stillicidiis ex alto rorantibus esset obnoxius [where it might be subject to the feet of passers-by and to the raindrops pouring from on high], which has been taken as indicating that the legend was already well known in the 12th century.
In 971 it was decided to move his body to a new indoor shrine, and one theory traces the origin of the legend to a heavy shower by which, on the day the move, the saint marked his displeasure towards those who were removing his remains.
The name of Swithun is best known today for a British weather lore proverb, which says that if it rains on Saint Swithun's day, 15 July, it will rain for 40 days.
- St Swithun's day if thou dost rain
- For forty days it will remain
- St Swithun's day if thou be fair
- For forty days 'twill rain nae mare
So what is ahead for this week and in particularly tomorrow!!
Today: After a stunningweek last week today will remain- Dry with some sunshine but rather more cloudy than yesterday.
Monday:Rather cloudy with still a little rain over higher hills- maybe at tis point we should highlight that St Swithen is burried in Winchester which is expecting a sunny day!
Tuesday:Rather cloudy and breezy with still a little rain, mainly over higher hills
Wednesday: It will be a dry and bright day with sunny spells.
Thursday:Rather cloudy but shuld at least remain dry
Friday: Dry, brighter and warmer on Friday with sunny spells and light winds.
Saturday: Largely fine and dry at first but it may change overnight into sunday where there may be some cloud and outbreaks of rain.
Have you ever heard of the Bremen Musicians?
It was just the other day that one of our guests asked about it as it sits on our mantelpiece in the main hall (pictured on the left). We received 'Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten' as a gift 15 years ago for our 25th anniversary from Mr & Mrs Saake who has been coming back many times since then.
It is a fairytale written by the Brothers Grimm, who some of you might know of already. They were German academics that collected and published a wide range of popular folklores.
Once upon a time...
There once was a man who had a donkey which had carried his sacks to the mill unflaggingly for many long years but was now getting old and weak so that he was becoming more and more unfit for work. The donkey's master was considering whether to stop feeding him but the donkey noticed that there was an ill wind blowing and ran away, setting off for Bremen where he thought he could become a town musician.
When he had covered a short distance he came across a hunting dog lying on the road, yapping like someone who has run himself into the ground. "Well, why are you yapping so, old snarler?" asked the donkey. "Ah", said the dog, "because I am so old and getting weaker every day and can't go hunting any more, my master wanted to kill me but then I took to my heels. But how shall I now earn my living?" "You know what", said the donkey, "I am going to Bremen to become a town musician. Go with me and take up music too. I shall play the lute and you can beat the drums." The dog was happy with this and they went on together.
Before long they came across a cat sitting at the roadside with a face as long as a fiddle. "Well now, what has crossed you, old whisker-face?" said the donkey. "How can I be happy when I am in for it", replied the cat, "just because I am getting on in years, my teeth are getting blunt and I prefer to sit and muse in front of the fire than to chase around after mice, my mistress wanted to drown me; I managed to get away but now I am really in a fix. Where shall I go?" "Go with us to Bremen. You are good at making music at night; you can become a town musician." The cat thought this was a good idea and went with the others.
The three fugitives went past a farmyard where a farm cock was sitting on the gate and crowing with all its might. "Your crowing goes right through us", said the donkey, "what's up?" "I prophesied good weather" said the cock, "because it's the day of our Blessed Lady, on which she washed the little shirt of Baby Jesus and puts it out to dry; but because it is Sunday tomorrow and guests are coming, the housewife has no pity and has told the cook to put me in the soup tomorrow; and she's coming to cut off my head tonight. So now I'm crowing as hard and as long as I can." "Come on, old redhead", said the donkey, "come along with us instead, we are going to Bremen. Anything is better than waiting here to die; you have a good voice and when we play music together there will surely be a place for you." The cock was pleased by this suggestion and all four of them went on together.
But they couldn't reach the city of Bremen in one day and they came to a wood where they decided to spend the night. The donkey and the dog lay down under a large tree; the cat and the cock went up into the branches but the cock flew up to the top of the tree where he felt the safest. Before he fell asleep he looked around in the direction of all four winds and thought he saw a little light shining in the distance; so he called to his friends that there must be a house not so far away since he could see a light shining. Then the donkey said, "We had better go over there for the accommodation here is pretty bad." The dog said he could also do with a few bones with a little meat on them.
So they set off in the direction of the light and soon it got brighter and larger until they came to a brightly lit robbers' house. Being the largest of the four, the donkey approached the window and looked inside. "What can you see, old grey nag?" asked the cock. "What can I see?" answered the donkey. "A table laid with lovely things to eat and drink, with a band of robbers sitting around and having a good time." "Why can't we do the same", said the cock. "Ooh yes, if only we could be there!" said the donkey. The animals conferred amongst themselves about how they could chase away the robbers and finally they hit on an idea. The donkey would put his front hooves on the window ledge, the dog would jump on the donkey's back, the cat would climb on the dog and the cock would fly up and sit on the cat's head. So they all did this and, at a signal, they began to play their music: the donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat miaowed and the cock crew. Then fell through the window into the room, shattering the window-pane as they went. The robbers jumped out of their skins at the terrible clamour, thinking it must be a ghost, and fled in great fear to the woods.
Now the four companions sat down at the table and made do with what was left over, eating as if it was their last meal for a month. When the four musicians had finished they put out the light and looked for a place to sleep, each according to his nature and desired comfort. The donkey lay down on the midden, the dog behind the door, the cat on the stove near the warm ashes and the cock sat on a perch; and, because they were tired after their long journey, they were all very soon asleep. Sometime after midnight the robbers noticed from afar that all lights in the house were out and everything seemed to be quiet. So the leader said: "We shouldn't have let ourselves be frightened out of our wits", and asked one of the robbers to go and check up on the house.
The robber found everything quiet, went into the kitchen to make a light, and mistaking the glowing fiery eyes of the cat for live coals, he held a match to them thinking it would light. But the cat was not in a joking mood and jumped at his throat, spitting and scratching. The robber was terrified and tried to run out of the back door but the dog, which was lying there, jumped up and bit him in the leg; and as he ran past the midden in the farmyard the donkey lashed out with his hind hoof; but the cock, who had been roused from his sleep by the din and was now fully awake, called out "cock-a-doodle-doo!" from his perch.
The robber ran back to his leader at full pelt and said "there's a dreadful witch in that house; she spat on me and scratched my face with her long fingers; and by the door there is a man standing with a knife, who stabbed my leg; and in the farmyard there is a black monster which attacked me with a wooden club; and on the roof there is a judge sitting who called out "bring the scoundrel to me"."So I got away as fast as I could." From that time onwards the robbers did not dare to go near the house but the four Bremen Musicians liked it so much that they didn't want to leave again. And they all lived happily ever after.
The next time you visit you might notice them at the top of mantelpiece in the main hall. As you may have experienced already, driving over the bridge to Eriska is almost like a fairytale and the hotel in itself has a rich history! We recently sent out our newsletter which looked at Mr & Mrs Buchanan-Smith's very first day at Eriska on July 1st 1973.. The first day was maybe not so much of a fairytale, but the last 40 years on the Island certainly have been in different ways for many of our guests and also who has- and still work at Isle of Eriska Hotel.
Last week's West Coast Weather did not predict good fortunes for the days ahead. As you can see on the picture above we had heavy clouds and rays of sunlight desperately trying to penetrate the thick clouds. However we did manage ot stay on top of the grass and with the strong winds came teh benefit of no midges so not all was lost.
Anyway as we start today looking out across a cloudless sky with not a breath of wind we could be accused of thinking summer was finally here and indeed the long term forecast is alluding to the fact that it is probably not that far away so what is in store for the week ahead?
Today: After a bright dawn it should remain dry with some warm sunshine developing- perfect for sitting inside watching the Wimbledon Final!
Monday: Starting rather cloudy with some coastal mist or drizzle, then slowly brightening up through the morning with sunny spells developing. Becoming warm with some sea breezes.
Tuesday:A dry day with long spells of unbroken sunshine throughout the day. A cloudier start towards Mull, and some patchy cloud bubbling up inland. Very warm or hot, sea breezes.
Wednesday: A fine settled spell of weather with some hot sunshine developing, though coastal areas a shade cooler with onshore breezes, and far west misty at times.
Thursday: it's begining to seem consistent with another day of sunshine and warm light breezes
Friday: Anoter case of "Best on the west" = with the best of dry, fine weather will probably migrate to the west so more summer and suntan cream required
Saturday: although another nice day not quite as warm as earlier in the week and a slightly stronger wind will keep it seeming more pleasant.