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We are an independent monthly magazine established in 1991,
serving the islands of Mull, Iona, Ulva and the surrounding area.
Round & About is compiled and printed on the Isle of Mull.
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Photo Competition 2016

win a cash prize of £50!
Competition for a photo suitable for our front cover.
Photos MUST be submitted electronically, size A4 at 300 dpi, in order to qualify. They should be portrait format and must have been taken in Mull, Iona or surrounding islands at some point since September 2015. Please give date and place with your entry. Maximum 3 entries per person.
Remember also to allow for our headers and footers at the top and bottom of the photo.
Send to R&A email address with ‘Photo competition’ in the subject line.
Closing date 9th September 2016.
Awarding of the £50 prize will be at the editor’s discretion, and the winning photo will be used as a front cover of a future issue of R&A.


August issue 2016

Tobermory Games

Mull Highland Games 2016, held on Thursday 21st July at the golf course at Erray Park in Tobermory, continued its tradition of good weather, in spite of a torrential downpour the previous day. The day turned out dry with a light breeze - almost perfect conditions - and the rain held off until the tents were being taken down in the afternoon. Competitors and spectators alike benefitted from this to enjoy 'the friendly games' once again.
Oban High School Pipe Band, who led the march up to the games field and entertained the crowd during the day, impressed with their professionalism, and our own Mull & Iona Pipe Band, though less strong in numbers, acquitted itself very well, led by Pipe Major Neil MacCallum of Fionnphort. Neil's son Iain, on his first official outing with the pipe band, was perhaps the youngest piper at the games ... more in the full issue

Photo: Oban High School Pipe Band march along Tobermory Main Street.


Mendelssohn on Mull 2016

The question occurs to me as I sit down to write: What is there to say about the Mendelssohn on Mull festival that has not already been said? However, if it’s worth saying once it’s worth saying twice - to paraphrase a well-known local singer who was faced with the dilemma of the same song appearing unexpectedly twice in an evening’s programme.
And in truth I cannot over-emphasise how fortunate we are in Mull & Iona that a week-long musical festival of such calibre has taken place here annually for the last 29 years. Mendelssohn on Mull is unique in many respects, one being its basic concept of bringing young professional musicians and students of music together with seasoned players, who act as mentors over a week-long programme of concerts... more in the full issue

Photo: One of the Young Professionals


Launch of 'Waterfall Fund'

Mull’s community owned Hydro Scheme at Garmony on the east coast of the island is now ready to donate its first year’s profits to The Waterfall Fund, a charity which will distribute the money to local community projects.
Green Energy Mull (GEM), the community benefit society that owns and operates the scheme is delighted with the success of Garmony Hydro. In the first year of operation it generated just over 1 GWHr of electricity, which was slightly above estimate for the period. On Monday 15th August at their AGM the net profits from the income will be gifted to The Waterfall Fund when it is officially launched.
The Waterfall Fund is an independent charity and will distribute grants in a fair, open and transparent manner to community groups on the islands of Mull, Iona and the surrounding small islands (Ulva, Gometra, Calve Island, Inch Kenneth and Erraid) .... more in the full issue