Bring me sunshine - on the weather forecast!

Published: 18 Jul 2012 14:204 comments

Businesses on Millport say they are fed up about 'inaccurate weather forecasts' which are driving visitors away.

Shine on ... but weather forecasters have given local businesses the blues.

Shine on ... but weather forecasters have given local businesses the blues.

Suggestions to try and encourage visitors to come to the island include setting up a web camera as businesses say that during the summer, the island has been dry on repeated occasions, in contrast to what weather broadcasts have predicted.

Ken Mapes, chairman of the Millport Tourist Association, and owner of Mapes of Millport said: "The thing about the weather is it has not been all that bad but the general forecasting has been terrible. Just last week, for Tuesday and Wednesday, they had blanket rain and big blue rain drop bubble over Firth of Clyde yet we had two perfect days - that is what we are facing more than anything."

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  • lobster
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    Jul 18, 15:25
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    I have got to agree with kenny on that. Weather forcasts are so inaccurate that when i went camping in millport last month even though it was forcast for rain every day i was there i got sunburnt with only one shower over the days. Surely it can be made more accurate than this.

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  • Ailsa Tomany
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    Jul 18, 15:39
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    You can always check out the weather on my webcam looking out over Kames Bay at

    Picture updated once a minute between 7am and 7pm.

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  • caroline morgan
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    Jul 18, 17:59
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    We went over last week ,despite the rotten weather forecasting and had three amazing visits both walking up and over the top and around on bikes, and a walk from the slipway to the town . On all three occasions , even though there were heavy grey clouds, we experienced no rain. I think a webcam is a terrific idea and maybe a website for the island with up to the minute information. Just an aside, why are some businesses still adopting the old fashioned half day or all day (in some instances 2 day) closing during the summer? Surely this is a missed opportunity, besides which, for those visitors who do come over it is hugely disappointing to be met with closed doors and shuttered windows . I would have thought for the six weeks of school holidays business owners would open 6 or even 7 days a week and the cafes from 8.30am (we had to ask a taxi driver where we could get a coffee as none of the cafes near the pier were open, and this was 9.30 am!!!-she directed us to the Dancing Midge where we not only found coffee but delicious breakfast rolls and a seat over looking the bay with handy binoculars to spot the seals basking in the sunshine!!!

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  • Tony Raphael
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    Sep 4, 12:07
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    I agree, we went over there last week and had planned for rain and blustery weather. You can imagine our surprise at it being a scorching day! Wow, what a brilliant place to visit. Yeah we noticed that lots of the shops were closed or not open till late afternoon, despite that we had a wonderful lunch there and thoroughly enjoyed our first ( but not the last) visit!

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