Tuesday, July 06, 2010

It's strange, this West of Scotland Weather

Since I was a little lad, tramping over the Rannoch moor from Glen Nevis Youth hostel or climbing the Cioch in the Skye Cuillins, it has never, ever been drier than in the past few months. 1929 was the last time it was so sunny for this long. Sunny, warm, Scotland? Pah! No one would believe it, well not with gales lashing outside as they did last week.

July is usually wet, everywhere, not only in Scotland. It is thunderstorms that do the damage. But there are far more thunderstorms in the East of Scotland than there are in the West. If you have brontophobia, a fear of thunder, then the best place for you is on the Islands off our West Coast of Scotland. The bombs go off in warm air, and that is more to the east. The warm air detonates the cold air coming in.

So be thankful for these gusts of rain and wind we are getting. Not only do the gardens need it, not to say the water supplies, but it also helps to push the thunderstorms over to Fife. Poor them. Tough. 

Be sorry for Mull. Many of the water supplies there are private, and all are suffering. It usually just drains off the hill streams straight into the houses. But not last month. One hotel owner has had to go to Oban to buy bottled water. And tankers carrying 80,000 gallons of water have been sent to Tobermory.

Scotland is a strange place for weather, truly.


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Sunday, July 04, 2010

It will be spectacular in Glencoe on September 18/19

The pic is from the website, here is the map of the route. http://www.scotlandcoasttocoast.com/route.html

Expect television coverage, the press, photographers all over the place in Glencoe in the weekend of September 18/19. That's when Glencoe is to be the finishing line for a wonderful 100 mile sporting challenge through the mountains over 2 days.

This is the ultimate for endurance, stamina, speed and skill. The "Nokia Coast to Coast challenge" should be pretty spectacular.

The Saturday will start with kayaking in the Moray Firth, away to the east of Inverness. Then they run to Cawdor castle, cycle down to Fort Augustus, finishing with kayaks again on Loch Ness.

On Sunday, they'll bike to Fort William, then run up Glen Nevis to Loch Leven along the West Highland Way, kayak across Loch Leven, and a run to the finish in Glencoe. Three levels of expertise are offered: Challenger level is over the 2 days, Racer and Expert categories Sunday only.

There will probably be many friends and familes staying in Glencoe that weekend, they ought to book early. Can't see many discount offers available then, can you?


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Safe, beautiful beaches and bays in Glencoe area
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