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West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 17th August

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli on Aug 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

One thing we believe can be agreed on by all who have been residing in our neck of the woods this August is that the west coast weather has been - to be blunt - rubbish!

What usually is the summer's best month has, this year, been a constant array of disappointment, with thick cloud blocking out the sun and casting us into darkness about an hour prematurely in the evenings and frequent rain showers drowning our flora and leaving behind puddles so large we can hardly distinguish them from the pond on the front lawn.

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Though we can officially say the summer holidays are over, with the Scottish school's commencing for a new year this week past, we still remain blindly optimistic for our last stretch of summer before the Autumn chills take over

Today: Heavy rain showers sporadically thoughout the day, with some brief spells of sunshine.

Monday: Will remain dry, with frequent sunny intervals in the morning and afternoon.

Tuesday: Expect more sunny spells during the day, with light, breviloquent showers mid-afternoon

Wednesday: Looks to be dry for most of the morning and afternoon, with rain developing in the later half of the day

Thursday:Rain showers predicted to dominate a large part of the day, with moderate winds adding a chill.

Friday: Rain showers and sunny intervals throughout, with things expected to dry up in the evening,

Saturday: The week looks to end on a dreich note, with showers persisting throughout.

The average temperature high for the coming week of 13-14 seems fitting to the stereotype of the weather in the west highlands of Scotland, however residents to the area seem less that willing to accept the end of what has been one of the better scottish summer's in ages - especially with the upcoming Oban Games, which is largely an outdoor event.

Though not to worry, guests to the Island can take shelter this week in our spa and experience pure bliss with one of our luxurious pamper days which will help you forget all about the gloomy scottish weather!

Topics: weather forecast

Relais and Chateaux 60th Anniversary

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli on Aug 13, 2014 3:21:41 PM

The name "Relais and Chateaux" today is the pinnacle of top-notch, luxurious hospitality throughout the world. The fellowship, which originated in France in the 1950s set out with the mission "to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character." and now holds over 500 members in its ranks.

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This month marked Relais and Chateaux 60th anniversary: an occassion celebrated globally across the 60 countries containing a R&C property, and this week Eriska were proud to help mark the occassion with a special tasting menu showcasing the best of Scottish produce and our chef, Ross Stovold's, ability to transform it into something extraordinary.

Along with the meal guests to the hotel had the option to have matched wines, which were carefully selected to optimise the flavours and textures of each dish and deliver a true fine-dining experience true of and Relais and Chateaux property. The wines selected were all from different regions of France, as tribute to Relais and Chateaux origins.

The night was a tremendous success and enjoyed by all in attendance. We at Eriska were thrilled to be a part of the celebration and congratulate Relais and Chateaux on their immense success, wishing them a happy anniversary with many more to come!

Photo by Glen Montgomery, F&B Manager

Topics: Relais and Chateaux

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 3rd August

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli 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 Deborah Jaconelli 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.

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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

Isle of Eriska 40th Anniversary Competition

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli on Jul 18, 2014 10:31:00 AM

In May this year Eriska celebrated its 40 years of welcoming guests through their doors.

To mark the occasion, we launched a competition offering one lucky individual the opportunity to win exclusive use of the Island for 40 hours for up to 40 guests.

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A big congratulations to our winner, who interestingly enough is distantly related to the family that lived on the Island at the turn of the century and who will be joining us later this year with a section of guests to re-live the experience of her ancestors as they did at the beginning of the 20th century.

We thank everyone who entered the competition and to show our appreciation we will be in touch with all the participants with an exclusive offer soon!

Topics: 5 star retreat scotland, castle, Exclusive Use, luxury hotels scotland, luxury 5 star hotels, #eriska40years, Eriska Competition

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 13th July

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli 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

Eriska's Hilltop Reserves

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli on Jul 6, 2014 3:40:00 PM

Without further ado...Eriska Hilltop Reserve

After what seemed like endless work, we here at the Isle of Eriska are proud to announce the completion of the Island's newest feature: two Hilltop Reserves

From Summer 2013, Eriska has been carefully executing plans to add two new self catering lodges onto the Island to offer guests a new type of escape on our luxurious Scottish Island

Witness our progress over the last year, with our Hilltop scrapbook; documenting the creation of the Hilltop Reserves from start to finish:

Topics: 5 star retreat scotland, Isle of Eriska Hotel, scenery, accomodation, Island, hilltop reserves, self catering, luxury self catering, luxury self catering scotland

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 6th July

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli 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.

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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

Glasgow 2014: Pretending You Know Everything About the Commonwealth Games

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli on Jun 19, 2014 5:10:00 PM

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It’s just shy of a month now until the beginning of the commonwealth games, which this year is being hosted in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. With preparation near completion, the populous is eager to welcome the 6500 athletes and officials from all 71 countries participating and relive some of the excitement from London 2012.

But those among us that don't share the same enthusiasm for large sporting events may find themselves unsure about what the commonwealth actually is and will certainly struggle to participate in the chatter and excitement when the games have begun and so we have composed a beginners guide to get you through this difficult time.

The Basics

There are 17 sports in total during the games in which the athletes will be competing for gold. (categories like athletics and aquatics can be broken down further into multiple events, though it's easier to generalise them).

Via the process of elimination, the athletes are narrowed down to a selection of the fastest and most skilled few. You will be able to spot them immediately as the ones who cross "the line" first, throw stuff the furthest distance or win the most points. 

History

The commonwealth games, originally called the British Empire Games, is an international event in which the "Commonwealth of Nations" (composed mostly of countries who were once in the British Empire) compete in multiple sports.

The games were first held in Canada in 1930. It originally featured 400 athletes from 11 countries and has run every four years since its creation (except for both 1942 and 1946 as a result of World War 2).

2014 will mark the 3rd time that Scotland have hosted the games, with Edinburgh having hosted it in 1970 and 1986.

The Athletes

There are literally thousands of athletes competing in the games - so it's not practical to know who all of them are and who to support.

The simplest way for deciding who to back would to naturally support any from your own country. However, should this not be possible, don't worry - simply selecting another that you wouldn't mind winning would do.

Try and learn the names of some of the most famous athletes (even from other teams). They are famous for a reason and are good fallbacks if you are really stuck. Here's the must-know list:

  • Mo Farah

Expect to see the crowd go crazy when this British Athlete runs onto the track. With two Olympic Gold medals under his belt from London 2012, Farah is seen as a sure-thing for both the 5000m and 10000m this year.

  • Nicola Adams

Another popular Brit following the Olympics Games, Nicola Adams was the first woman to win a gold medal in Boxing at the Olympic Games and was selected to be an Ambassador for Glasgow 2014.

  • Usain Bolt
The fastest man in the world. Though it still remains a mystery if Usain Bolt will actually compete this year, he is the favourite for the 100m. However should he not make an apperance, supporting any of his Jamaican counterparts will generally be a good alternative.

Watching Live

One of the most important parts of pretending to know about sport is how you react while watching it. Though general screaming when your chosen team are winning with the occasional fist-pump may fool a few, you'll need to throw in some words to fool your most knowledgable friends. Here's a list of simple phrases to get you by:

  • "Come on!" - effective when your team is lagging behind, but not so much so that it's embarrassing. Though can also be used when you're athlete is winning and close to the end of the race/game.

  • "Ouch, that's going to hurt." - mostly used when someone falls over (laughing would be an acceptable alternative if the player is not seriously injured) though can also be used for contact sports like boxing.

  • "That's going to lose him/her some points" - most likely to come up during gymnastics when the athlete is a little unsteady, though can also be used for precision sports like shooting and indoor bowls.

  • "What was that?" - if your team are starting to lose to the point of no return, critisising their performance may save your pride. Take your chance at any evident fumbles or poor plays.

Hint: Always question the ruling of the referee if it goes against your favour. They are evidently trying to stop you from winning.

When in Doubt

Throughout the games, there will be full coverage on both TV and Radio with many commentators analysing the players and events that are worth talking about. Bring a notepad and write down a thing or two to use in conversation between events.

Escape the Craze

Of course, there is always the option of escaping the games entirely. Spending near 2 weeks attempting to take part in something you couldn't care less about is exhausting work. Save yourself the hassle and book a trip to the country where the closest person is three miles away; find a tranquil utopia where you can relax peacefully away from the craze of Glasgow and other bigger cities. 

 


Topics: commonwealth, glasgow 2014, mo farah, scotland hotels, luxury hotels scotland, luxury 5 star hotels, sports

West Coast Weather - Week Commencing 15th June

Posted by Deborah Jaconelli 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