Last weeks weather took the West Coast by surprise, yet again proved the unreliability of the weather forecast as we all started off preparing for rain and thunder showers only to be met with the nicest week Scotland has seen in years.
For five days Scotland has been met with clear blue skies, bright sunshine and temperatures which was perfect for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Though it looks like we may not be so lucky this week, having already faced a few downpours.
Today: Rain showers to persist for the remainder of the afternoon, with thinks drying up in the evening and some sunshine to finish the day..
Monday: A dry day ahead with many sunny intervals throughout the day.
Tuesday: Another dry, but cloudy day. With brief light showers in the evening.
Wednesday: Light rain and sunny intervals throughout. Mild winds to accompany.
Thursday: Things look to be mainly unchanged. Though the rain may clear later in the evening.
Friday: Heavy rain to dominate, broken up with periodic burst of sunshine.
Saturday: The end of the week looks to be miserable with more heavy rain.
So with a standard summer week ahead, guests to the Island should have ample opportunity to enjoy the surroundings in a more dramatic setting. A short trip through to Oban may be a nice change for some fresh air and - should the nice weather persist - there are several boat tours from the piers ready to show you the wonders of the Scottish Islands.
It's been a chaotic whirlwind of ups and downs this week, as the weather failed to make up its mind with the forecast: sending us outside in light clothes with promises of sunshine only to surprise us with a downpour later.
Earlier in the week we had heard reports of potential thunderstorms coming our way, though things are looking to be a bit clearer than initially expected, giving us enough opportunity to get outside and explore.
Today: Cloudy and overcast, with occasional showers in the afternoon.
Monday: Things will remain dry, with sunny intervals throughout the afternoon
Tuesday: Another cloudy day ahead with brief patches of sunshine.
Wednesday: Looks to remain mainly unchanged, though expect some light showers in the evening.
Thursday: Today will start off dry, with frequent burst of sunshine, with rain showers dominating in the afternoon.
Friday: Intermittent sunshine and showers throughout the day.
Saturday: Predicted to be drizzly for the best part of the day.
With enough dry spells to allow for a lengthy trip outdoors -without having the worry of incapacitating heat - we recommend those coming to the area enjoy a nice bike ride along the Oban to Fort William cycle path. With Eriska being only two miles from the path, guests can enjoy the nice scenic route from Benderloch to Port Appin with relative ease and enjoy a bite to eat at the one of the few cafes and bars on route.
It's been a picturesque week with plenty of sunshine adorning the West Coast and bringing out the features that make this part of Scotland truly unique. Though most of the locals are adorning a slight redish-tint to their skin; having been caught out by the heat!
But unfortunately our streak of good luck ran a little low with the weather taking a turn for the worst yesterday and ending the week on a downpour.
Today: A cloudy start to the day, with things brightening up later in the afternoon.
Monday: Light sporadic showers of rain expected in the morning getting more consistent and heavier as the day progresses
Tuesday: Things look to remain dry throughout, with some sunny intervals in the afternoon
Wednesday: Following a dry morning, periodic light rain showers will make an appearance in the afternoon with brief patches of sunshine.
Thursday: White cloud to dominate, with temperatures reaching their high teens
Friday: Heavy rain showers and burst of sunshine predicted for most of the day
Saturday: Looks to remain unchanged, with the week ending on a bit of wet note.
For those coming to visit the West Coast this week, we advise proper planning to ensure you make the most of the dry weather. For those looking for activities to keep them out the rain, we would recommend a trip to Cruachan Power Station, located on the shores of Loch Awe. As well as a being an engineering marvel, the hollow mountain homes a cavern in its centre which claims to be large enough to fit the Tower of London!
When it rains it pours.The West Coast weather, this week, has been a bit up and down, with heavy rain taking us by surprise on more than one occasion. However, the sun was more than generous nearing the end of the week, with temperatures peaking in the high teens , really emphasising the features that make Scotland unique.
With the forecast last week originally promising an abundance of rain, we were delighted when the sun came out fighting for the weekend and hope that next weeks less-than-promising forecast will follow suit.
Today: Lots of sunshine today, with brief showers in the early afternoon and cold south western winds
Monday: Rain showers and sunny intervals throughout the day
Tuesday: Heavy rain predicted in the morning and early afternoon, with things clearing up as the day continues. Sunshine is due to make an apperance in the evening
Wednesday: White cloud to dominate, with brief periods of sunshine in the morning, though thins are expected to remain dry.
Thursday: Another dry day, with more burst of sunshine throughout.
Friday: Looks to be another cloudy day with rain expected in the evening
Saturday: The week ends on a gloomy note with rain persisting throughout the day, broken by sporadic bursts of sunshine. Though things are due to clear up in the evening.
There seems to be enough promise of sunshine to plan some more outdoor activities to spite the rain! For those coming to the area we would recommend looking at the available activities hosted by our friends over at Stamash. Archery, Coastering and Kayaking are just an example of what they offer in the Argyll area, making for a great day out!
Photograph by Glen Montgomery, F&B Manager
This week it's football that's on everybodys lips; with the world cup having kicked off a few days ago. With everyone indoors, glued to their tv sets, the weather seems to have been of little consequence - which maybe ideal considering the less-than-perfect overcast weather that creates the illusion that we're still in March.
Of course, in Brazil the England football team are faced with what we would consider near-tropic temperatures of about 31°C, which some have complained resulted in their defeat against Italy, and this coming week looks to be picking up in the UK so that we too can enjoy a bit of sunshine!
Today: Starting off cloudy, things will clear up gradually leaving plenty of sunshine.
Monday: Sunny intervals and light winds throughout the day
Tuesday: More sunny intervals, with clouds thinning in the evening leaving crisp clear skies.
Wednesday: Things look to be mostly unchanged, with more bursts of sunshine during the afternoon
Thursday: Temperatures drop slightly, with sunshine becoming a bit more sporadic
Friday: White clouds to dominate, with temperatures dropping slightly further.
Saturday: The week looks to end with more cloud and cool temperatures.
With things looking to remain dry, accompanied by a fair amount of sunshine, those coming to us this week will have plenty of opportinity to enjoy the tranquil surroundings that is unique to Scotland's West Coast.
This week we'd recommend taking advantage of the not-to-bad weather and enjoy a trip over to Staffa to visit Fingal's Cave, which is said to be one of the most uniquely breathtaking sights in the world!
One week in and we already fear the summer weather is going to be an unpredictable whirlwind of sun and showers.
Having prepared ourselves for a lot of doom and gloom this last week, we found ourselves pleasently surprised to have been frequented by warm temperatures, sunshine and only the gentlest of breezes.
It would seem that the pattern will continue onto the next week, leaving us all guessing what to expect, but with temperatues now sitting comfortably in the teens we can finally start to make full use of our summer gear!
Today: A dry start to the day, with intermitant rain and sunshine in the afternoon.
Monday: Looks to be mostly dry, with thick white cloud for the most part. A possibility of sunny intervals in the morning and earlier part of the afternoon.
Tuesday: Some light showers expected to start of the morning, with things clearing up as the day progresses.
Wednesday: Predicted to be a day of light showers.
Thursday: The weather is forecast to be mostly unchanged, with more showers throughout and brief spells of sunshine in the morning.
Friday: Another dry day, with white cloud dominating and moderate winds coming in from the north.
Saturday: The week look to be finishing on a dry spell - with more white cloud and chances of sunshine.
It looks like we may have ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and so we encourage you to explore the area and all it has to offer. Though it may be wise, for those coming to stay with us this week, to pack both suntan lotion and a waterproof jacket - just to be safe.
The area offers several cycle paths for keen cyclists varying in difficulty and length. The Isle of Lismore, in particular, is a lovely place to spend the day with unbeatable views all around. The Island has a length of 9 miles broken up periodically by cafe's to rest and grab a bite to eat, making it suitable for beginners to expeirienced cyclists.
Today marks the first meteorological day of Summer - a time I'm sure many thought would never come! Though we aren't quite enjoying the tropic weather so many of us desire, Scotland seems to have finally settled into a comfortable medium with more than enough sunshine to keep us content and the occasional rain shower to keep the flora a nice crisp green.
With the celebration of out 40th Anniversary yesterday, we've been hoping for a few days of proper sunshine to help celebrate in style, though it would seem the weather has different plans!
Today: Things looking to be a bit dull with overcast throughout the day and some heavy rain in the evening
Monday: Rain will continue to fall until late afternoon with things drying up in the evening.
Tuesday: Today looks to be dry for the best part of the day with some light shower and sunny intervals late afternoon
Wednesday: Rain showers will dominate the day with occasional bursts of sunshine in the afternoon.
Thursday: After a dry and bright morning, some showers are due in the later part of the evening
Friday: Light rain showers and periodic sunshine throughout.
Saturday: Things look to be mainly unchanged for the end of the week, though temperatures climb back up past 20°C mid afternoon.
For those coming to visit the West Coast this week, a bit of Castle spotting may be an interesting way to make the most of your trip to accommodate the ever-changing weather.
Scotland's West Coast is littered with castles on both the main land and many of the Island's, and while some of them only stand as unsheltered ruins, a few such as Duart Castle and Castle Stalker offer an escape from the rain
Midge season is here! Run inside, lock your doors and close the windows: Scotland has been overrun with bloodsucking beasties.
This last week has been a pleasant surprise. After forecasts of frequent showers and far more grey cloud than we would care for, we had resigned ourselves to the idea that we would be facing another dull week of weather. Yet the sun became a prominent feature towards the weeks end, much to the delight of our guests and - unfortunately - the local midge population who quickly gathered in swarms around the Island.
With the rain keeping these pesky flies at bay, we're sitting on the fence this week unsure to hope for more sunshine or more rain (to give us a break from their troublesome bites.
Today: Light rain showers to persist throughout the day
Monday: Another showery day ahead, with some peaks of sunshine in the afternoon
Tuesday: Looks to be mostly unchanged, with more sunny intervals and rain showers
Wednesday: Today will remain mostly dry, with light winds accompanying. Rain Showers are likely to fall briefly in the late afternoon
Thursday: More dry weather ahead, though moderate gusts of wind may add a chill to the otherwise mild day.
Friday: Temperatures climbing to a comfortable 19°C today, though the sun is unlikely to make an appearance through thick white clouds
Saturday: The week looks to end on a mild note, with only brief showers predicted throughout the day.
For those coming to visit this week, an anti-bug spray may be worth the investment to save yourselves the suffering of Scotland's most irksome residents while enjoying the moderately dry week ahead. Though for any wishing to stay indoors we still have plenty to keep you occupied with our vast leisure facility.
For our keen wildlife spotters, you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of a seil or two along the stoney shores, as they lounge out on some of the warmer days.
It seems the West Coast of Scotland are getting the worst of it this week; facing continuous downpours and significant temperature drops while our English counterparts enjoy clear blue skies and summer heats.
Though here in the Highlands we expect a slightly cooler and wetter climate, we find ourselves worrying that our summer may already be over! Though the current forecast for the week ahead shows a slight promise of improvement.
Today: With the met office predicting difficult driving conditions due to persistent heavy rain fall, there isn't much to be hopeful for. However, the rain is expected to turn more showery as the day progresses.
Monday: Rain showers and brief sunny intervals follow on from a fairly dry morning, with temperatures climbing back up to the comfortable teens.
Tuesday: Things look to dry up today, with the rain seemingly taking a bit of a break and leaving us with a nice dry day with frequent bursts of sunshine.
Wednesday: The rain returns with a vengeance today, with heavy showers predicted to last through the morning and best of the afternoon. Though things may dry up in the evening.
Thursday: White clouds to dominate for the duration of the day, with things looking to remain dry.
Friday: More rain showers throughout with the odd sunny spell to brighten up the day
Saturday: The forecast looks to be mainly unchanged, with more showers ending the week.
So it looks like our wish for a long and warm summer has fallen on deaf ears, with only one day this week promising us a glimpse of sunshine. Though, of course, we here at Eriska are always prepared with a full stock of wellies and umbrellas to aid our guests in their ventures outside.
For those coming our way this week: do not fret! There are still plenty of things to do on and around the Island from the comfort of the indoors. Now would be a perfect time to tour the nearby distilleries and explore the different whiskeys on offer in celebration of Homecoming Scotland's Whisky Month.
The weather of the West Coast of Scotland this week has been a tad unpredictable with continously alternating rain showers and sunny intervals - leaving us all a little frustrated as we find ourselves unprepaired for the day ahead (Though we can't deny it's doing wonders for the Island's flora)
Though it would seem that this little predicament of ours is likely to continue, with weather reports remaining unhelpfully vague.
Today: Sunshine throughout the morning with frequent showers in the afternoon
Monday: Expect light showers for the best part of the day, with patches of sunshine throughout.
Tuesday: Following a misty morning things are looking to clear up leaving us with lots of sunshine in the morning and afternoon.
Wednesday: Likely to be cloudy for the most of the morning, with rain showers commencing throughout the afternoon.
Thursday: A mixture of light and heavy rain expected to domintate the day.
Friday: Things look to dry up a little, with rain forecast only for the later part of the evening.
Saturday: The weeks forecast ends on a rather vague note with more rain and sunshine predicted throughout.
With just over twenty days until the first (meteorological) day of summer we certainly hope that the rain subsides to allow our guests the delights of enjoying their lunches and afternoon tea in the sunshine with a nice glass of Pimms at hand.
Though even these tedious drizzles cannot stop us from making full use of the Island's facilties. Clay Pigeon Shooting in particular has proven to be popular amongst Eriska's residents this week and is something we would definately recommend it to those coming to visit us over the coming season.