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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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The current 'lockdown' due to the coronavirus pandemic will affect the content of R&A, since there will be no events for the foreseeable future. We are therefore inviting our readers to contribute articles on any topic at all for inclusion - if possible something positive/cheerful! If you write fiction this is your moment!

See below for useful phone numbers for local help.

February issue 2021

Mull Highland Games 2021

2020 will be a year to remember – and forget. The vaccination is on its way and will enable a way out. Concurrently I do believe that we need to exert a degree of control over events. We don’t need to wait to be completely released from restrictions; we can plan (safely) now for the future.
While it is unlikely that the Mull Highland Games will take place as part of the Scottish Games circuit - many Games have already cancelled - we as a Games committee intend to hold an event on 22nd July this year; come what may. A very much local event in the tradition of Highland Games.
Inspiration for this has actually come from the past. During lockdown one of the Games Association members passed some of his time researching different Games. He has passed on results relating to Mull for our further research. Perhaps the most striking fact is that the first ‘recorded’ Games took place in Tobermory in 1873. This is a massive 50 years earlier than we believed . ... more in the full issue

Click here for a pdf of the Games programme for 1874

John's Fundraiser Helps Hospital

Lorn & Islands Hospital has received a generous donation of eight televisions including Wi-Fi boosters, a tablet, electrical kitchen equipment, £500.00 worth of toiletries and board games. The fundraiser set up by Isle of Mull resident John McGee was supported by Oban, Mull and Iona community members and local businesses.
Caroline Henderson, Rural General Hospital Manager, Lorn & Islands Hospital said: “During this challenging time the hospital has continued to receive welcomed support from our local communities, businesses, volunteers and organisations to support staff members, patients and their families. Every donation is invaluable to boosting morale particularly when visiting in person has been restricted ... more in the full issue

Photo courtesy of Argyll & Bute HSCP - SNR Charge Nurse Kirsteen Campbell ward B (left) & John McGee, Isle of Mull Resident (right)

Covid-19 Vaccine for Mull & Iona

We are all looking forward to the Covid vaccination campaign starting on Mull. Hopefully by the time you read this we will have started on the first priority group of the over 80’s. We have already vaccinated some of the most vulnerable as well as health and social care staff. This will be one of the biggest public health programmes ever undertaken on the Island and we plan to deliver this at speed as soon vaccines become available. In total we have over 5000 vaccinations to complete including first and second doses. In the last week in January we will take delivery of our first 200 Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccines (enough for all the over 80s on Mull & Iona). This is a bit later than other areas and has been a little frustrating for all of us. We really can not complain as all the efforts we all have taken on Mull and Iona have paid dividends in the absence of cases on the Island.... more in the full issue

Winter Hardship Fund

Help to cover essential living costs such as heating, food and transport.
For island residents experiencing hardship due to COVID-19, funded by the Waterfall Fund.

How to apply: Complete a simple form available on our website or by emailing

Mull & Iona Pantry (Food Bank)

Food Parcels for those in need
Phone Ruth Fleming 07549 018157 - all calls completely confidential.

or email

Information for Local Help during these Troubled Times

A website has been set up for the Island with all current information:
Help lines for small businesses will be found on this website.

The Ross of Mull (including Tiroran and Gribun)
• The Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport Scheme will collect shopping and prescriptions.
Contact Terry Hegarty 01681 700600 (please contact him if you can also volunteer help)
• Telephone linking service on 01681 700403
• The Keel Row will do ready meals and delivery in most of the area 01681 700458 Lunch Club Thurs-Sun
• The Ferry Shop - open 10am-6pm, Mon-Sat. Deliveries for those self-isolating 01681 700470
• Spar Shop Bunessan - open 9am-1pm & 2-4.30pm Mon - Sat, 11am-1.30pm Sun, phone in your order for collection or free delivery if self-isolating 01681 700395
• Pennyghael Stores - 9am-4pm Mon-Fri. Place order on Friday morning for following week.
01681 704229
• Ardalanish Farm - Beef, Lamb & Venison available in welcome room freezers. 01681 700674
• Crofter's Kitchen - Veg, meat, eggs, preserves. 9am-9pm Mondays only

Iona: if anyone requires assistance please contact any member of the Community Council
(Shiona, Mark, Rob, Toben, Jane, Don) Jane Martin is co-ordinating 700643

• For shopping, collecting prescriptions and general help contact:
Sue Royle, 07811083227. Helen Dewar, 0748833585. Kate Grierson. 0780170279

Lochbuie: contact Flora Corbett 01680814153

• For help with shopping, prescriptions, posting mail and general help contact:
Kerry Mitchell, 07825577419. Helen McWalter, 07967094775. Eilidh Allen 07810747431
• Salen Spar Shop 8am-8pm Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm Sunday

• Dervaig Post Office and Stores 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12noon-2pm Sunday, will do deliveries 01688 400208

Ulva Ferry
• The Community Transport is available for shopping and prescriptions and any other help 07775531301.
• For help or a chat contact Josh Liddle. 01688500139

• For general help contact:
Sarah Darling 07562 793345, Cathy Mellor 07526 078959 or Karen Taylor 07562 782556 or 01688 302 334.
• The pharmacy in Tobermory can arrange deliveries for prescriptions etc. 01688302431
• Tobermory Stores: open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm, Phone 01688 302808.
Weekly delivery service island-wide - phone or email
• Tobermory Bakery will deliver ready meals and groceries in the Salen and Tobermory area 01688302225
• The Tobermory Fish Co. will deliver in North Mull 01688302120
• The Park Lodge Hotel will deliver meals in the Tobermory area. 01688302430
• Meat deliveries contact Fiona Boa (pork boxes) 07765966239 or Torloisk Farm 01688500130

More useful contacts for help at this difficult time:

Home Start For families with young children who would like some help call Home Start, Aileen Binner 07718768305. This is a totally confidential service with trained volunteers on the Island who can help.

Mull Safe and Sound (Mental Health)

Relationships Scotland or phone 0300 111 0031

Alcoholics Anonymous phone 01505 871889 (24 hours) (An AA member on Mull will call you back)

Samaritans phone 116 123 (free, 24 hours) or email: