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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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September issue 2014

Bunessan Show

This year’s Bunessan Show was pronounced a great success, and even the weather played ball! The day had seemed iffy at first (in fact some exhibitors had rain on the long journey from Tobermory that morning), but blossomed into the perfect day – sunshine with enough breeze to keep the midges away and the animals cool.
This was a very busy show with plenty going on – the main attractions were both of the ‘have-a-go’ variety, with archery courtesy of Highland Archery from Lochaline and dog Flyball with Moira Owers of Paws by the Loch in Dervaig. Both were kept busy with volunteers of the human and canine variety.
There was also very welcome entertainment in the shape of the Mull & Iona Pipe Band, who played several times during the day.... more in the full issue

Salen Show

This year’s show was pronounced a resounding success, with hordes of visitors enjoying the attractions in near perfect conditions. There was a great variety of attractions for the youngsters – a climbing wall, paintball, ‘dizzy diggers’ (where quite tiny boys got to play with a digger the size of Dad’s) and of course the ever popular bouncy castle. A number of plastic blow-up hammers were put to good use during the afternoon. The stalls were too numerous to mention, suffice it to say that all sorts of local businesses and organisations were represented, including Mull Beekeepers with a most intriguing ‘bee display’ . The whole was commented by Angus Mackay in his usual inimitable fashion ... more in the full issue

Lifeboat Day 2014

Hundreds of locals and visitors braved winds of up to Force 8 to support Tobermory’s annual Lifeboat Day – and raised more than £3500 to help Tobermory RNLI to save lives at sea.
Despite the wintery weather with squalls and heavy rain sweeping across Tobermory Bay from the north-west, Tobermory RNLI’s annual fun day was branded a huge success. Whilst stallholders battened down the hatches, young and old alike threw themselves into the pirate theme for the day. In between the squally showers, there was a Pirates’ Parade with some very well dressed pirates being led by Tobermory Womble around the car park. Meanwhile, there was a range of local produce on offer all washed down with hot drinks to keep out the cold. The Royal Navy’s search and rescue helicopter paid a visit – although at times it was difficult to see the exercise with the Tobermory lifeboat through the mist and rain. Some very hardy souls even ventured out into the Bay on boat trips courtesy of Sealife Surveys. The raffle proved to be a veritable treasure trove of prizes ... more in the full issue

Photo © Sam Jones/RNLI