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We are an independent monthly magazine established in 1991,
serving the islands of Mull, Iona, Ulva and the surrounding area.
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October issue 2014

Local Mòd 2014

Mull Provincial Mòd was held on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September in blazing sunshine and Tobermory was buzzing on both days, with figures in kilts rushing from competition to competition, having that last wee practice or taking advantage of the fantastic weather for a photo opportunity. (In fact it was such a heatwave that yours truly could be seen wearing a vest top and sandals – unheard of at that time of year.)
On the Friday the children’s competitions were well attended – this time the chanter and piping spilled over onto the Saturday.... more in the full issue

Photo: Dingwall Gaelic Choir, who swept the board in the choral competitions

Blas Festival

How great that the Blas Festival in its 10th year again came to Bunessan Hall with some excellent Gaelic singing from ‘local boy’, Mòd Gold medal winner Alasdair Whyte from Salen and some fantastic traditional music from the Monach Isle Ceilidh Band ... more in the full issue

Photo shows Alasdair on stage with the band

CalMac Disappoints

We reported in our July issue that a campaign by Mull businesses for the main ferry to berth in Craignure overnight on 3 weekdays, enabling a daily ‘commute’ to the mainland, had borne fruit, in that Calmac had ‘agreed to the proposal in principle’. The changes were to be put forward to Transport Scotland in the hopes that agreement could be reached for the winter timetable.
It seems the optimistic tone of our report was misplaced. When no news on the matter was forthcoming by late August, Neal Goldsmith of the Isle of Mull Hotel, who acts as secretary for the group, requested an update from Finlay MacRae, Calmac’s Area Operations Manager. Some days later a response arrived which makes it clear that the proposal was never put to Transport Scotland after all ... more in the full issue

Great “Action” at Flower Show

The annual Tobermory Horticultural Flower Show took place on Saturday 17th August 2014.
Again, we were blessed with good weather but still managed to draw people in from the sunshine to take part.
With such varied weather over the growing season it was going to be anyone’s guess as to what had been produced. Unfortunately, the vegetables seemed to have taken a hit as the entries were low across all categories. The flowers fared better, particularly the Hydrangeas and Pompom Dahlias. Last year the weather had ‘turned’ just before the show which spoiled them but this year had been kinder, giving us a spectacular array of blooms ... more in the full issue