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West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 3rd August

Posted by Bertie Badger on Aug 3, 2014 3:39:11 PM


Ther weather forecast last week was a rollercoaster of ups and downs.

With things constantly changing from picturesque summer days to what seems like tropic rainstorms at the blink of an eye, the populus of the West Coast got a bit of a nasty shock on more than one occasion when leaving their homes unprepaired for the frequent changes.


 

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And with more troublesome showers on the way, this week we recommend stocking up on waterproofs to ensure you're not caught out.

Today: Rain showers, with some promise of sunshine. Today looks to be rather gloomy with brief dry spells in the early evening.

Monday: With a bit of a dull start to the day, things are due to improve - drying up later morning with some sunny intervals in the late afternoon

Tuesday: Sporadic rain showers through the day

Wednesday: More rain will persist today, broken up by occasional patches of sunshine.

Thursday: Looks to be mainly unchanged

Friday: Heavy rain predicted to dominate most of the day. Some sunny intervals are due to break up the afternoon

Saturday: The week is due, this week, to end on a wet note - with more showers, some sunshine.


Now may be a good time to rest from a summer of exploring the great outdoors. For those seeking something to do in a luxurious and relaxing environment, we recommend a visit to our very own private Island and stopping by for a bite of afternoon tea and a nice massage.

 


 

Topics: Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, weather in the west highlands of scotland

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 20th July

Posted by Bertie Badger on Jul 20, 2014 3:52:00 PM

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.

Jellyfish by Eriska Pier

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.

Topics: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, west highland weather, activities in argyl, cycling near oban, west coast cycling

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 13th July

Posted by Bertie Badger on Jul 13, 2014 2:08:00 PM

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!

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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!

Topics: Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, weather in the west highlands of scotland, west highland weather, activities in argyl, activities, West Highlands Walks

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 6th July

Posted by Bertie Badger on Jul 6, 2014 10:25:00 AM

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.

Eriska Beach

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

Topics: isle of eriska, Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, weather in the west highlands of scotland, west highland weather, scottish sunset, activities in argyl, activities, Island

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 15th June

Posted by Bertie Badger on Jun 15, 2014 8:22:00 AM

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.

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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!

Topics: Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, weather in the west highlands of scotland, west highland weather, Football, World Cup 2014

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 8th June

Posted by Bertie Badger on Jun 8, 2014 2:37:00 PM

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.

View of Eriska Surroundings

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.

Flowers at EriskaIt 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.

Topics: Scottish Weather, weather, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, weather in the west highlands of scotland, activities in argyl, activities, Scottish Island Walks

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 25th May

Posted by Bertie Badger on May 25, 2014 9:54:00 AM

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.

Isle of Eriska

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.

Topics: wildlife, Wildlife at Eriska, Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, weather in the west highlands of scotland, west highland weather

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 18th May

Posted by Bertie Badger on May 18, 2014 4:17:00 PM

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.

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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.

droplets on leaves outside lilac resized 600So 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

Topics: Whisky, Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, wellies, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, weather in the west highlands of scotland, west highland weather, West Highlands Walks, Homecoming Scotland, Whisky Month

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 11th May

Posted by Bertie Badger on May 11, 2014 8:40:00 AM

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)

bluebells at Eriska

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.

Clay Pigeon ShootingWith 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.

Topics: isle of eriska, Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, west highland weather, activities in argyl, West Coast walks

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 4th May

Posted by Bertie Badger on May 4, 2014 2:24:00 PM

With forecasts of thick grey cloud and frequent showers, the weather last week left little to be desired to the residents of the West Coast. However, we found ourselves pleasantly surprised more than once when the sun fought through to give us the sunshine that we so desperately crave.

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With the summer months creeping even closer we're hoping for a few more weeks of beach weather over the coming season, though looking ahead it appears that may be a little too optimistic.

Today: A mixture of heavy and light rain  throughout

Monday: A dry start to the day with rain showers appearing early afternoon and continuing for the duratin of the day

Tuesday: Looks to be mostly dry with sporadic rain showers and some sunny intervals

Wednesday: Heavy rain to dominate most of the morning and afternoon, with things drying up in the evening

Thursday: Following a dry night, rain is predicted to make a reapperance with some more sunny intervals.

Friday: Looks to be mainly unchanged with more showers or rain and periodic bursts of sunshine

Saturday: Rain showers anticipated to calm down and turn into a light drizzle that with continue throughout the best part of the day. Expect some infrequent sunshine.

Eriska's Hilltop ReserveIt doesn't seem the best of news for those working up the hill on the installation of our two new hilltop reserves this week, with an abundance of rain to slow them down.

If you're in the area you may be lucky to witness the progress first hand as you explore the Island (though perhaps grab a pair of wellies and an umbrella from the main house first!) and get your first experience our new self-catering reserves. 

Topics: isle of eriska, Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scottish Weather, weather, weather forecast, Argyll Weather, West Coast Weather, Warm West Coast Weather, weather in the west highlands of scotland, west highland weather, West Coast walks