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Scottish Weather Forecast - Argyll wc 19th October

Posted by Bertie Badger on Oct 19, 2014 9:38:15 AM

Following the thunder storm last night, many of us were left horribly surprised by the sudden turn in Argyll’s weather forecast as the clear blue autumn skies were pulled from our grasp within hours, leaving behind the dark and wet nights that foreshadow the winter ahead.

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Now is the time to become a realist and ditch the remnants of your summer wardrobe; adopting instead a more practical look complete with welly boots, scarf and a nice thick rain coat.

Today: Heavy rain throughout the day, though expect to see some patches of sunshine in the afternoon.

Monday:  Light rain to start, getting progressively heavier as the day continues.

Tuesday:  Following another stormy night, more rain expected to consume the day.

Wednesday: Things look to remain unchanged with another gloomy rain-filled day.

Thursday: Predicted to lighten up a little, with some patches of overcast in the afternoon and only light rain throughout.

Friday: Another driech, wet day ahead. Though things may clear up in the evening.

Saturday: The week looks to end with a peak of optimism, forecasting only light rain showers and patches of sunshine.

With a wild week ahead, we advise all to wrap up warm - especially those brave enough to venture into the outdoors. And for those who don't fancy facing the harsh weather, don't worry, we have a souring fire going all day!

See the Halley's Comet Meteor Shower This October!

Posted by Bertie Badger on Oct 18, 2014 6:21:30 PM

Orionid_Meteors_1200pxOver the last few months, the night sky has been a profusion of activity featuring some of the most jaw-dropping sights the earth has to offer. Those peering to the north may have witnessed the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, which were visible for two consecutive nights last mm]onth,  while those peering outside last week may have spotted the total lunar eclipse (or Blood Moon for those situated in the North Americas).

Later this month, those on both the northern and southern hemisphere have the opportunity to witness another cosmic wonder. Around the 20th – 21st October debris from the infamous Halley’s Comet (which is currently circulating the sun and won’t be viewable again until 2061) will break through the Earth’s atmosphere and create a literal cosmic firework display, with an estimate of about 20 shooting stars an hour from about midnight during its peak.

The meteor shower is also known as the Orionid Meteor Shower, named due to its apparent radiation around the Orion Constellation. They normally occur annually, around the month of October and is one of two showers caused by debris from Halley’s Comet.

How to view the Orionids

  • Go to the countryside, away from the light pollution of the cities and larger towns.
  • Bring a blanket or chair to stay warm and comfortable while you wait
  • During its peak, the shower should be viewable with the naked eye, and therefore no special equipment is necessary

Backcare Awareness Week: 4 Ways to Relieve Back Pain

Posted by Bertie Badger on Oct 8, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Eriska_SpaMonday 6th October marked the beginning of Backcare Awareness Week, an entire week dedicated to “put the spot light on prevention of back and neck pain.” With this year focusing specifically on the office worker.

According to backcare.org.uk: “About 7.6 million working days were lost due to work-related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders from 2010 to 2011 according to an NHS study.

Back pain is a common universal problem, with injury (both muscular and spinal) resulting from things such as poor posture and strain from heavy lifting and over-exertion. However there are many ways to assist in preventing upper and lower back pain which are all relatively simple:

  • Stretching

 Stretching is a useful method for loosening tight and tense muscles. It’s always recommended to stretch your muscles before taking on any form of physical excretion to encourage the blood flow to all the right places and provide a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients to prepare for strenuous activity. Stretching is also useful for improving mobility and warming up your muscles, meaning they’re less likely to tear.

  • Massage

A back massage can be a very relaxing method for avoiding pain. As with stretching, massage increases circulation around the body, helping deliver oxygen and nutrients through the muscles and organs which in turn helps with the recovery of weakened muscles. Particular types of massage are notably more effective for back pain relief; aromatherapy massages use specific oils that target back pain whereas Deep Tissue Massages focuses on helping break down adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments.

  • Warm Bath

With the bonus of the relaxing feel-good factor that comes with a nice bubble bath, baths are actually a great way to stimulate circulation and clear the lymph system. The addition of bath oils for additional reliefs, such as the ESPA Fitness Oil which is particularly helpful pre or post exercise. This oil contains spices which warm the muscles and can relief symptoms of arthritis, menstrual discomfort and general aches and pains.

  • Posture

Maintaining a good posture is essential to reduce the risk of back injuries. As soon as you centre of gravity goes out of alignment, unnecessary strain is put on your body which causes tension and can result in awkward movement and pain. Back support is especially important for those who spend large periods of time sitting at a desk as doing so without the proper support can do a lot of damage over time.  By being more aware of your posture, corrections can be made whenever you catch yourself slouched over!

Scottish Weather Forecast - Argyll wc 5th October

Posted by Bertie Badger on Oct 5, 2014 3:07:40 PM

Autumn is upon us! It seems like just last week that we were retiring our winter wear in preparation for the summer, yet somehow October has crept up on us bringing with it the cold air and bitter rain that the pessimists among us like to consider the beginning of winter.

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The flora all over is withering into variations of yellow, amber and red as they fall off the trees and gather in a soggy heap on the ground. Though, looking ahead, it seems we'll have enough dry weather to squeeze in some last minute activities before we're forced to hibernate in our own homes.

Today: Expected to remain dry during the afternoon, with some light showers in the evening

Monday: Severe weather warnings issued due to weather forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain throughout many parts of Scotland. Though sunny intervals likely to make an appearance as things calm down later in the afternoon.

Tuesday: Following on from a stormy day, things look to remain pleasantly dry for the entirety of the day.

Wednesday: White cloud with sporadic rain showers all day. Though some brief patches of sunshine might make an appearance mid-afternoon.

Thursday: Light rain showers to dominate a large part of the day with intermittent sunny intervals in the early afternoon.

Friday: Things looking mostly unchanged, with more sunny intervals and frequent rain showers.

Saturday: The week seems likely to end with more rain though is predicted to dry up in the evening.

For those in the area looking for something to do while avoiding the worst of the rain, we recommend a trip to the nearby Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary. Though in a natural, woodland setting, the sea life sanctuary is largely based indoors, making it easy to avoid any unexpected showers. Though maybe grab an umbrella before heading out the door!

Isle of Eriska Restaurant Awarded Michelin Star

Posted by Bertie Badger on Sep 25, 2014 8:42:18 PM

0I5D9763_scallops_dish_small-resized-600A big congratulations to our team and to chef, Ross Stovold, for being awarded a Michelin Star at the Isle of Eriska Restaurant.

On hearing the exciting news, Ross told us, "We are delighted to have been awarded our first Michelin Star today. The Isle of Eriska deserves to stand next to the best establishments in the industry and we have spent the last year striving to create a food identity that matches our wonderful natural environment.

"I would like to personally thank the team at Eriska; our suppliers for producing world class ingredients and Beppo for his continued support."

The whole team are thrilled with the news and will continue to work hard to combine Ross's outstanding food with the hotels impeccable service.


Scottish Weather Forecast - Argyll wc 21st September

Posted by Bertie Badger on Sep 21, 2014 4:19:15 PM

September is the month that in many places marks an end. The end of the summer; of extended business hours, increased transport, of long days and short nights. In places such as Oban, tourist season has ended and the preparations for the residents to hibernate throughout the winter has begun.

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Though we couldn't have asked for a better ending to this incredible Scottish summer. September has provided plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors before the winter comes in, with ample sunshine throughout the whole month and very little rain to speak of.

With a little over a week left until the end of the month, we hope the Scotland weather forecast of dry and sunny days continue, though looking ahead, this seems unlikely.

Today: A bright and clear day ahead, with clouds expected to thicken in the evening

Monday: Expected to be a cloudy day, with things becoming more overcast as the day progresses. Some light showers expected in the evening.

Tuesday: Looks to start of dry, with rain showers and patches of sunshine throughout the afternoon.

Wednesday: Predicted to be a nice day. With white cloud throughout and sunny spells in the morning and early afternoon.

Thursday: Grey cloud and heavy rain will dominate today, with southern winds adding a bit of a chill.

Friday: Heavy rain anticipated for a large part of the day with strong accompanying winds.

Saturday: The week looks to end on a wet note, with light rain predicted throughout.

It may seem like Autumn if finally taking full swing, though with temperatures still in their teens time outdoors is still an option for those who don't mind a bit of rain! There's plenty of wellies and umbrellas to go around for this weeks guests to fully enjoy the Island, rain or shine!

 

Scottish Food and Beverage Fortnight: Wild Salmon Recipe

Posted by Bertie Badger on Sep 20, 2014 3:15:37 PM

Over the last few months Scotland has been in the spotlight all around the world.

With the buzz of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer, the hype of the recently passed Independence Referendum and even the selection of a Glaswegian actor for the lead in the new Season of BBCs “Doctor Who”, there’s been a great surge in Scotland's pride for their own heritage.

Though, of course, Scotland has always been a proud country, with a particularly rich history and incomparable beauty, and in particular are proud of the food and whiskies that are native to Scotland's very own land and waters.

This is marked annually in the month of September during the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, which celebrates fine quality Scottish produce through a copious number of events taking part throughout the country.

Our very own Chef, Ross Stovold, even took part in a cooking demonstration for the fortnight, which alas nears its end. The demonstration, as part of the “Best of the West” Festival, was held at Inverary Castle last week and since then everyone’s been dying to get hold of his secret recipes!

So we thought we’d ask him for you...

For those wanting to try their hand at cooking some proper Scottish food, look no further than Ross’s Wild Salmon! It's surprisingly simple and tastes great

Wild Salmon, Fennel Emulsion, Pickled Turnips (Serves 4)

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  Ingredients

  4 x 120g Salmon Fillet, Skin on

  8 x Baby White Turnips

  3 x Soft Boiled Eggs

  45g Fennel 

  100ml Rapeseed Oil

  60ml Water

  60ml White Wine Vinegar

  30g Caster Sugar

  Lemon Juice

 

 

Instructions

  1. For the Pickling Liquor, put the water, sugar and vinegar into a pan and bring to the boil. This will dissolve the sugar, do not reduce as the pickle will become too strong. Allow to cool.
  2. Peel and dice the turnips into 1cm2 cubes and add the cooled pickling liquor for at least 6 hours (this can be done the night before).
  3. Boil the eggs for 4 minutes then refresh in cold water. Peel the eggs and blend in a food processor with the fennel until smooth. . Slowly add the rapeseed oil until the mixture becomes thick and creamy. Season with salt and lemon juice.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200oC and warm a non-stick pan.
  5. To the pan add 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil followed by the salmon (skin side down) and press it down until you feel it relax (this will ensure the skin is crispy)
  6. Cook for 1 minute on a medium to high heat then place in oven for 4 minutes. Remove the Salmon from the pan and rest for 3 minutes.
  7. On the plate place a heaped spoonful of the Fennel Emulsion. Add the Salmon to the plate and top with drained turnip.

Witness the Aurora Borealis in Scotland

Posted by Bertie Badger on Sep 13, 2014 6:16:45 PM

auroraThose in and around the Scottish Highlands last night may have been lucky enough to witness the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) last night. The display was viewable yesterday evening throughout most of Scotland and Northern England in the clearer parts of the country.

The lights are caused by the collision of highly charges electrons that travel to Earth’s magnetic poles in solar winds, from the sun, with elements in the Earth’s atmosphere (Nitrogen and Oxygen). Colour variation comes from the collisions with different atoms at different altitudes and the wave-like movement is down to the continual shifting in magnetic and electrical forces.

But if you missed it, don’t worry! With reports that the Aurora Borealis will return to Scotland again this evening – 13th September – those who missed it last night have a second chance to spot this amazing natural occurrence.

 

West Coast of Scotland Weather - Week Commencing 7th September

Posted by Bertie Badger on Sep 7, 2014 3:31:00 PM

Autumn has made a guest appearance on the west coast of Scotland

There’s mixed feelings pouring through Scotland at the moment. While the question of independence draws to a close in the final weeks leading upto the Scottish Referendum, a cold chill descends upon the whole country as Autumn finally takes full swing.

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This last week has been all about adjusting. Adjusting to darkness enveloping the sky at such early hours on the west coast of Scotland and the Scottish weather in general; adjusting to the temperature drop that cause condensation on the windows and mean you need to wear that extra layer; even adjusting to the change in colours in your surroundings.

Today: Expect sunny spells, with clouds thinning in the late afternoon for a bright evening.

Monday: More sunshine in the morning, though things will become cloudier as the day progresses.

Tuesday: Another dry day ahead with brief patches of sunshine in the early afternoon.

Wednesday:The forecast is predicted to remain mainly unchanged, with another dry and cloudy day ahead.

Thursday:Thick white cloud will dominate, making for another dry day.

Friday: Looks hopeful for another dry day, with thick white cloud throughout.

Saturday: The week ends much the same, an abundance of white cloud, gradually dropping temperatures and mild winds.

This coming week looks like the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the last few weeks of the West Coast's tourist-season, as the weather is still mild enough and before local companies and shops reduce their hours for the winter season.

 

8 Ways to Relieve the Symptoms of Stress

Posted by Bertie Badger on Sep 5, 2014 2:57:00 PM

Everyone needs the opportunity to relieve the stress in their lives - let the Isle of Eriska help you...

In today’s culture it’s surprisingly hard to relax. It’s hard to get a good balance of you-time when you sleep through a 1/3 of your day, work through another and the rest  of the time is spent keeping everything else in order and preparing for the days ahead. You’re weekend seems to be over before you can blink!

Try reserve a bit of time out of your week to focus on you! Spend a day feeling like royalty, being waited on hand and foot by others or enjoy solitude. There are lots of ways for you to spend your much needed you-time.

Breathing

You may think we’re twisting your arm with this one, but proper breathing techniques has been adopted as a form of meditation by many and has proven very effective as a form of relaxation. Spending some time focusing on your inhaling and exhaling can really help the oxygen flow through your body and give you that restorative kick needed to get rid of all that tension!

Go outside

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The outdoors holds unlimited possibilities for ways to relax. Find a nice tranquil spot and allow it to stimulate your senses with new and interesting sights, sounds and smells; and if that isn’t really your cup of tea why not spend some time at a lake or reservoir and skim stones across the water?

Indulge

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Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a little indulgence. Society, now more than ever, is very health conscious and many of us make sure to eat a properly balanced diet while limiting our intake of those “I shouldn’t, but it tastes so good” treats! On occasion, a trip to a nice restaurant for a delicious meal or maybe a spot of afternoon tea is just what you need.

Clean

There's nothing relaxing about living in a mess! Cleaning to most of us is a huge chore and might be defined as the complete opposite of relaxing. But let’s focus more on the aftermath: The feeling of gratification that comes with checking a task of your to-do list is already reward enough, but there’s something incredibly relaxing about lying down in a clean, fresh room.

Go to a spa

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What could be more relaxing than a spa? With professionals trained in helping you relax and getting rid of the signs and symptoms of stress, there’s no way better to rid yourselves of life’s burdens. And with most spa’s now equipped with pools, saunas and gyms you can make a day of it and enjoy your own little spa break!

Listen to Music.

With iPods and smart phones, most of us listen to music while on the move. But it really doesn’t compare to playing some of your all-time favourites in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home and dancing along like you were 14 again! You’d be amazed just how care-free you felt after loosening up to the best hits of your time.

Socialise with friends

Going out with friends to catch up and rant is always comforting. When something is getting on your nerves, no one understands like your friends and getting it off your chest can be a huge relief. Some time with your closest group of friends can be just what the doctor ordered to rid yourself of life’s troubles.

Read a Book

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Reading a book to relax may be a cliché – but for good reason. Wither you’ve delved into some classic Jane Austin or are reading the latest Crime Thriller by your favourite author, reading gives you a fantastic opportunity to literally jump into someone else’s world. The words on the page can captivate you so intensely that, before you know it, you’ll have forgotten whatever it was that had you all stressed in the first place!