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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 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

Get Walking Week: Taking the First Step

Posted by Bertie Badger on Apr 23, 2014 4:06:00 PM

With Easter well and truly over and April coming to a close, some of us may find ourselves patting our chocolate-filled bellies, enjoying the sunshine from the comfort of a lounger in the garden and stocking up on barbecue supplies in preparation of the summer months.

The first week of May brings us Get Walking Week – a festival created to encourage the populace to get active and explore the wonders that await them outside their doorstep, wither it’s making short journeys on foot instead of taking the car or finding time out with working hours to enjoy a more lengthy trek.

Why Walk?

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Without trying to state the obvious – walking is good for you.

Keen walkers frequently boast of the physical and mental benefits of walking; stating that as well as being a good way to stay fit and tone lower-body muscles, it also offers a form of stress relief and can greatly improve your mood.

Further to the health benefits that come with walking, Britain’s beautiful and diverse landscapes – in particular the West Coast of Scotland (in our unbiased opinion!) – have many nature walks, national parks and mountain paths to explore, offering breath-taking scenery out onto lochs, glens and forests.

Getting Started

The best thing about walking is that anyone can enjoy it: it’s free and you can go at your own pace. All you need is a pair of shoes and you’re ready to get going!

Start of small, building up your pace and distance through time – it’s never a good idea to over exert yourself, which could lead to injuries like sprains.

For those who fancy a slightly lengthier walk; it’s always a good idea to bring plenty of water and some snacks with fast-releasing carbohydrates like fruit. (A raincoat wouldn’t go amiss either!)

Avoiding Soreness and Fatigue

Muscle soreness and fatigue is a symptom and consequence of most physical activities and is usually fixed with a good rest. Though you’re unlikely to get any from light strolls and shorter walks, long and hilly ventures could leave you sore for days!

Eriska Hot Stones MassageMassage is a useful tool to help relieve tightness and stiffness in muscle tissue and can reduce fatigue and soreness by increasing the blood circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle.

For walkers we would recommend getting a leg specific massage to concentrate on easing the tension in your tired limbs before going on your next adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: isle of eriska, scenery, activities in argyl, activities, Get Walking Week, Walking, walks in scotland, West Coast walks, West Highlands Walks, Scottish Island Walks