I always watch this weekend with enormous anticipation firstly because of the London Marathon when runners look for weather - not to hot, and not too cold but just right - although having completed this once -(and never again) the weather was the least of my issues! But I do have sympathy with the 40000 on the start line and feel that every little bit helps. And secondly as the week ends this year with Easter I am reminded of a wonderful couple who used to stay with us through my childhood for Easter and they always- come rain or shine- would sit out on Easter Sunday and have tea on the Library patio so for them it would be nice to see a warn sunny afternoon and not driving rain"!
However after a damp and dreary winter any further signs of spring will be popular- but as I watch out accross the lawn today and see the daffodills in full bloom maybe - just maybe spring has finally arrived- the grass is growing, the floods subsiding and the birds are in full song so what has the weather hot in store?
Today: Some early brightness then becomming mostly cloudy.
Monday: Scattered showers across northern and western mountains in the morning, with longer spells of rain across the peaks, developing elsewhere by the afternoon. Strong westerly winds.
Tuesday: Mainly dry with some good spells of sunshine, just an isolated shower across highest inland peaks at first. Northwesterly winds continuing to ease.
Wednesday: Dry, sunny and pleasantly mild on although chilly through the night- so keep heating on for one more week!
Thursday. Turning cloudier with some patchy rain, mainly in the north and west.
Friday: Most places should be dry with sunny intervals, light winds and perhaps a few showery outbreaks.
Saturday: The driest and brightest day of the week but eventualy leading to increasing cloud and outbreaks of rain and freshening winds into Easter Sunday.
After our brief period of dry, near-warm weather the entirety of Scotland seems to be frequented by bothersome April Showers leaving us all pining for more sunshine.
Though the forecast does very little to lift our spirits, and things are looking to remain somewhat dull, the large collection of spring flowers shooting up around the Island have been enough to keep our sunny disposition.
Today: Sporadic heavy rain throughout the day with patches of dry and some sunny intervals in the early evening.
Monday: A dry start to the day with more heavy downpours in the afternoon and moderate winds.
Tuesday: Sunny intervals forecast for the duration, with brief light showers in the late morning. Though strong eastward winds persist.
Wednesday: Looks to be a dull and wet day, with heavy rain dominating for the entirety.
Thursday: More showers predicted with some sunny intervals in the afternoon
Friday: Things expected to remain overcast for a large part of the day, with heavy rain in the evening.
Saturday: The week due to end on a wet note with continuous rain forecast for most of the day.
Things are certainly looking dreich with large quantities of rain throughout the week, meaning we'll have to put our plans for barbecues and visits to the beach aside for the moment.
Though for those coming to visit the West Coast this week there is plenty still to enjoy in rain or shine. With Spring close to full bloom the selection of public gardens in Argyll and Bute are coming into their prime and would definately be worth a visit!
It's been a great week for us, here at Eriska, with the sun making frequent appearences and reminding us all exactly what makes the West Coast so special. The unrivaled scenery of Scotland's Highlands and Islands really comes to life in the sunshine and has left many of our guests in awe.
With last week's weather proving to be better than expected, we're hoping for some more luck to extend our pre-summer excitment and to offer visitors to the West Highlands something to remember.
Today: Sunny intervals with clouds thickening in the afternoon
Monday: The day looks to be mostly cloudy with brief patches of sunshine in the afternoon and some light rain in the evening.
Tuesday: More cloud and rain showers in the afternoon
Wednesday: Projected to be a dry day, with things brightening up later in the afteernoon.
Thursday: More light cloud throughout with temperatures peeking at 16°C
Friday: Things look to be mostly unchanged, with more cloud throughout
Saturday: The weather appears to take a slight turn, with showers throughout the bulk of the afternoon.
Although the week doesn't look to be finishing on the best note, there is still plenty to remain hopeful for. With temperatures rising and local businesses re-opening their doors, the entire Argyll area has been given a new lease of life.
For those coming to us in the coming weeks, we'd definately recommend you pack a camera to capture some of the stunning landscapes and spring flora that the Island adorns.
Though it may be a bit premature to retire the raincoats just yet. We're sure there will be some April showers to come - so best to be prepared!
Following a week of rain and generally unpleasantness, we found ourselves being particularly envious of our neighbours in the south of England this week who have been enjoying clear skies and high temperatures for the last few days.
However, after facing heavy rain, wind and snow over the last week it came as a pleasant surprise to us this morning to wake up to some sunshine which has finally added some colour to the Island and will hopefully aid in clearing the last of the snow of the mountains in the distance.
Today: Clear skies and sunshine have dominated the day, with feeble showers of rain
Monday: Clear skies will carry on throughout the night and remain until late afternoon when thick cloud is expected to form will form with some light rain late evening.
Tuesday: After a wet start, the day looks to be mostly dry with some sunny intervals. Small showers of rain may occur in the late afternoon.
Wednesday: Projected to be another dry day, with the clouds clearing up late afternoon to allow some sunshine.
Thursday: White cloud will persist throughout, with some sporadic sunshine in the afternoon
Friday: The weather looks to remain mainly unchanged, however temperatures are expected to rise to a comfortable 13°C
Saturday: The week looks to end with more dry weather and some intervals of sunshine.
Though temperamental, the weather forecast is gradually improving and we're sure many, like ourselves, will be making the most of it while it lasts.
As April approaching ever nearer we find ourselves preparing for the beginning of high season. The West Coast of Scotland will once again welcome flurries of visitors to it's core and show off the amazing scenery, history and seafood that it has become famous for.
We just hope the nice weather will stick about!
Following our brief glimpse of sunshine last week, a wave of optimism has hit Scotland.
No longer do we feel doomed to suffer through days where darkness dominates the sky and strong cold winds hit our faces. The frost and ice that remains hidden in the shade has begun to thaw leaving the fresh beauty of Spring in it's wake.
But it's a long way yet before our battle with the rain comes to an end with the forecast this coming week leaving little to be admired
Today: Things are anticipated to stay quite dull, with dark clouds consuming the sky and showers of light rain throughout.
Monday: Another cloudy day ahead. Things expected to remain mostly dry throughout the later morning and afternoon.
Tuesday: Heavy rain showers projected to fall for the best part of the morning, with some brief intervals of sunshine
Wednesday: Looks to be another wet day, with more heavy rain and moderate winds
Thursday: Predominately wet, with a mixture of light and heavy rain.
Friday: More rain continues to fall, though we may see some patches of sunshine in the afternoon.
Saturday: Projected to remain unchanged, ending this week on a dreich note.
Though it may seem there is no end in sight to the dour Scottish weather, we implore you to remain hopeful. With summer looming ever nearer, it's only a matter of time before the sun becomes a more dominant feature to our days.
In the meantimes, for those coming to stay with us in the coming weeks, we encourage you to explore all that the area has to offer. With local businesses and visitor attractions coming out of hibernation our guests have more activities at their disposal than ever, and our team would be happy to advise on the perfect ones to fit the interests of each individual.
After what seemed like an endless winter, things on the west coast of Scotland are starting to brighten up.
Though the rain remains annoyingly persistent, spells of sunshine are becoming longer and more frequent as the days go by and it won't be long before the cold and stormy weather seems like a distant memory.
The weather this coming week definitely seems a vast improvement on its predecessors and likely the driest of the year so far; though it may be a bit early yet to retire the raincoats and umbrellas as things are likely to take a bit of a turn at the end of the week.
Today: Today, showers of rain are expected to fall for the majority of the day, with some brief patches of dryness in the afternoon.
Monday: Things are looking to dry up significantly, with white cloud and sunny intervals reported to last all day.
Tuesday: Starting with a bit of a chilly morning, Tuesday will evolve into a bright and sunny day making it the nicest of the week.
Wednesday: Projected to remain dry, but cloudy throughout
Thursday: Some light rain will start of the morning, though will clear up mid-morning and remain dry.
Friday: The weather takes a turn, with light rain expected all day.
Saturday: Ending on a bit of a dour note with heavy rain dominating.
Although we're not completely clear of the rain, the change is definitely coming and before you know it we'll be complaining we're too warm and hoping for a bit of a drizzle to cool us down.
Until then we'll be taking full advantage of the small amounts of sunshine we can get, using the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and fresh flora and fauna - which is becoming more lively every week - and hope that our guests do the same.
With the first meterological day of Spring behind us, we here at Eriska find ourselves eagerly awaiting all the associations of the season. With signs of new life slowly creeping all around the island the days of rain, wind and cold finally seem numbered.
Though the mountains are struggling to shake the remains of the snow from their tops, the days are getting noticably longer and it won't be long until the clouds open up completely to reveal the clear blue sky that we've been dreaming of since the beginning of winter.
But there's still a while to go before the reports of sunshine are upon us and the weather this coming week seems a true testiment to that.
Today: A sunny start to the week, with intervals of sunshine expected to last until mid-afternoon. Heavy rain will appear later in the day and last throughout the evening.
Monday: Light rain showers will fall periodically, though things will mostly be dry with a touch of sunshine in the afternoon.
Tuesday: Looks to be another cloudy day with some light showers.
Wednesday: Rain will dominate, with a mixture of light and heavy rainfall throughout
Thursday: Projected to remain unchanged, with more rain and moderate winds
Friday: Rain will persist another day, though things expected to heat up a bit with temperatures reaching 11°C
Saturday: The week looks to end on a wet note, with forecasts of rain.
So it may be a few more weeks yet before we can retire the winter coats and wellington boots. Though it does look like our guests will have some opportunity to get out and enjoy the scenery without getting too wet!
In the meantime, for those coming to visit this week we'd advise making full use of our indoor facilities, which offers a nice variety of activities for those who want to stay active as well as those who want to put their feet up and relax!
This week Britain has taken a beating from severe weather conditions in the south, leaving many homes, farms and transport routes destroyed by extreme flooding.
Luckily things at the west coast of Scotland have been much tamer, however much to our annoyance, February is proving to be as wet a month as its predecessors. As Scotland endures it's wettest winter in over 100 years we find ourselves asking for any change: cold, sun, even snow.. as long as it stops raining!
Though looking at the forecast for the coming week, things certainly don't look promising.
Today: Heavy rain expected throughout the day, with some brief patches of sunshine.
Monday: With a slight temperature drop, prepare for potentially icy conditions on the road. Heavy rain will dominate in the morning and early afternoon, though things are looking to dry up as the evening progresses
Tuesday: Looks to be another wet day, with light rain and sleet showers alternating throughout
Wednesday: Projected to remain unchanged, with more rain to come.
Thursday: Flurries of snow and sleet are anticipated to fall sporadically throughout the day, with temperatures becoming near-freezing
Friday: The weather looks to take a slight turn, with the day remaining mainly dry.
Saturday: Sunny intervals and light cloud predicted, giving us the opportunity to stretch out legs in the fresh air.
So perhaps there is some light at the end of the tunnel, with the week looking to end on a dry note - and perhaps a bit of sun!
This bodes well for the spring flora that has started shooting up around the island, allowing them the opportunity to absorb some light and photosynthesize into blossoming flowers just in time for Spring.
With any luck, it won't be long until the rain is behind us and our guests can start to enjoy all that the island has to offer!
Its hard to beleive that we are entering spring but as I write a list of chores for the estate team this week and it seems to be a diverse and complete plethora of tasks from winter jobs to summer jobs. From clearing snow and ice to cutting golf course greens and trimming snow drops. But I try to keep telling myself that it is this changeable and diverse weather that really makes Scotland different! But it is starting to get a bit thin!
One of the beauties of Scotland must be the weather, and that is certainly not to do with consistency unless you can cite the fact that it is always random as being consistent! Indeed we really built the indoor sports facility to take the weather out of the equation although in reality it was the opposite as we tried to make the weather part of the equation for guests deciding to join us here at Eriska with the promise of dry bright temperate facilities come rain or shine. Well we kept our end of the bargain!
So as we are supposed to move into the next season and the Met Office tells us it has been the wettest Janaury on record, as the nights become shorter and the grass starts to grow again its hard to believe that summer is next given that fields are under water, rivers are bursting banks and every day seems dominated by television pictures of weather misery- but in reality its fine as long as a great summer is around the corner- although I suspect its not going to happen next week! So what is ahead next week?
Today: After a wet and windy night is is looking like a bright day but with showers which will be heavy but at least it is above freezing
Monday:A fairly cloudy start with a more organised band of showers but these soon becoming fewer with the cloud breaking up allowing some sunny spells to develop. A breezy day with strong southwesterly winds.
Tuesday: Clear spells and a few showers but becoming cloudier in the afternoon with rain coming in across the coast and this will fall as snow on the hills but stay as rain on Eriska.
Wednesday:A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, these becoming lighter and more patchy for a time but another heavier pulse arriving in the afternoon. Gale force winds expected.
Thursday: Mainly cloudy with showers in the morning then drying up.
Friday: Cloudy wet and very windy but hopefully drying up before te weekend.
Saturday: Starting to warm up slightly as the wind drops and a drier day on the cards making it all seem better!
The weather in the west coast over January has shown no shortage of doom and gloom, with what seems like an infinite supply of grey clouds, rain and icy winds. This week, in particular, heavy rain and thunderstorms have dominated, leaving many unwanted new water features in their wake.
However, the week ahead shows some promise with things drying up briefly as we reopen our doors to the first flock of guests in the New Year.
Today: Following yesterday's thunder and lightening, heavy rain is due to continue accompanied by strong southern winds
Monday: After a wet and windy night, the rain will continue throughout the morning before gradually dissipating into light showers with sporadic dry patches and brief intervals of sunshine.
Tuesday: The worst of the weather seems to have cleared, leaving most of the morning and afternoon calm and dry with temperatures remaining comfortably above freezing.
Wednesday: Is projected to remain unchanged, with more cloud and tolerable temperatures.
Thursday: Things are projected to take a bit of an icy turn today, with the morning and afternoon remaining dry and some light rain showers showing face in the later half of the evening.
Friday: It looks like the rain will be making a re-apperance bringing with it strong windsupwords of 20mph
Saturday: More rain and wind to follow, ending the week on a bit of a tenebrous note.
So it seems the weather is remaining true to its Scottish stereotype. Though, we at Eriska are not disheartened - after all it is a vast improvement onpervious years - and will take full advantage of our time indoors.
For those joining us at the end of the month, get ready to relax with your feet up by the fire with a good book and a glass of wine. But don't worry, the wellies are aplenty for those wishing to brave the outside.