Looking forward to Winterwatch

Winter can be a challenging season to film wildlife. The days are short, the weather can be bad and some wildlife is generally less active. But it’s a challenge the BBC team behind ‘The Watches’ relishes and can’t wait to get started. Actually, it all started a long time ago… BBC Winterwatch returns to Mull…

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An Tobar and Mull Theatre

There has been the most astonishing resurgence of activity at both An Tobar and Mull Theatre. It is so gratifying to see the diverse ventures for our enjoyment and pleasure now available in a live format again. Many people across the island welcomed the return of live theatre with the highly acclaimed production of Every…

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R&A 30th Anniversary and Sgriob-ruadh Protest!

We are delighted this month to be celebrating Round & About’s 30th anniversary, the magazine having been launched on 1st December 1991, with the slogan: ‘Where, when, who, why? Give us a shout at Round & About’ Leafing through that first publication, we see that some things have not changed much over the years –…

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Sound of Iona Breakwaters

In mid-November we were made aware that Argyll & Bute Council has withdrawn its planning application for ‘Construction of rock armour breakwater and steel monopile overnight berthing facility, including walkway, gangway access and associated works’ at Fionnphort Ferry Slip. Many readers will be relieved at this, since the plans appeared to be considerably flawed. It…

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New Ferry: Requirements

Mull & Iona Ferry Committee has now delivered the completed Specification of User Requirements (SUR) to the Government department that manages the ferry system, Transport Scotland. The SUR details the key principles that the design of our new ferry needs to follow in order to satisfy the needs of island users. It has been endorsed…

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Return of Mull Rally

The Beatsons Building Supplies Mull Rally was back this October with a vengeance, with the weather and the tricky course playing their part. For the first time since it started running as a closed road rally, there was no Muileach in the top 3 – top-seeded local boys Paul Mackinnon and John MacCrone drove the…

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Mull at the National Mòd

This October the National Mòd returned to Inverness, as a “hybrid” mòd – much of it virtual and online, but some of it live in Inverness. Many children from both Còisir Òg Mhuile and Comunn Gaidhealeach Mhuile submitted videos of their songs and poems, receiving online adjudications and placings. Kathryn Dugdale (13) from Tobermory and…

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Norwegian Ferry Coming to Mull

Transport Scotland have confirmed that a second-hand ferry has been been bought from a Norwegian ferry company. This is the result of a search by CMAL for suitable second-hand vessels for the CalMac fleet (the same search that we attempted to contribute to by proposing the Indonesian catamaran). The MV Utne was built in 2015…

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Ferry News

Meeting with Graeme Dey, Minister for Transport We were very pleased to welcome the new Transport Minister to Mull at the end of August, for a constructive and wide-ranging discussion regarding Mull and Iona’s ferry services. Among the topics of discussion was of course the Mull catamaran, and the disappointing decision not to proceed with…

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Craignure Improvements

Following a disappointing on-line meeting regarding the Craignure Pier development proposals, and on a beautiful July day, Craignure Bay Community Group were delighted to welcome representatives from Argyll & Bute Council and Turner & Townsend Infrastructure Ltd. to Craignure, for a walk and talk through our village from Java to the Village Hall and all…

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