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Welcome to Round & About

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 black & white 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.
Entries may be submitted in colour, but will be judged on their appearance in b/w.
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.

May issue 2016

Bunessan Easter Runs 2016

Perhaps it was the fact that Easter was so early this year, or perhaps it was the fact that the schools’ Spring Break was less than a week away, or maybe it was the inclement weather that had been forecast, or possibly people forgot to turn their clocks forward on Saturday night/Sunday morning, or maybe all it was a combination of all four but, whatever it was, the number of adults participating in both the main Bunessan Easter Run and in the ‘Loopy Run’ were disappointingly low. Certainly the clocks going forward resulted in one less runner for the main run when a visitor to the island came at 12.50 to register for the race only to be told that it had started 20 minutes before!... more in the full issue

The runners line up at the start of the main race. Photo by Jack Degnan

Seeing Double

By Moira Kerr
Residents on Mull have welcomed the introduction of extra ferry sailings which mean that - for the first time in history - the island is in commuter distance of Oban.
Although it is just a forty five minute sea journey from Oban, workers have been unable to commute to a full time job on the mainland because of the restraints of the ferry timetable.
However, the arrival of a second ferry, Coruisk, to ply the route alongside CalMac's Isle of Mull, has seen new opportunities opened up. An additional 50 sailings a week were brought in with the summer timetable, just in time for the Easter weekend... more in the full issue

The Coruisk and the Isle of Mull pass each other
Photo by Les Hazelgrave

New Marketing Organisation

'Marketing Mull and Iona' (MMI) was launched on 31st March as the new destination marketing organisation for Mull and Iona, set up to reinvigorate our home-grown tourism marketing. MMI has been established as a non-profit Community Interest Company to represent tourism businesses on the islands with the common purpose of marketing and promoting Mull & Iona as a world class visitor experience and the top rural destination of choice in Scotland.
At their AGM on 31st March Holiday Mull and Iona (HMI) voted unanimously to dissolve, and support the formation of the new organisation. HMI were pioneering in their promotion of Mull and Iona, thanks to the hard work of a succession of volunteer committee members. MMI aim to build on their achievements and build a new, professional marketing company for the islands.... more in the full issue