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February issue 2017

10th Annual New Year Shinty

A newcomer to the New Year shinty match asked how long this new/old tradition has been going on? 'Can't remember' we said 'a good few years now - we'll ask Minty, she started it'. Minty Mackay had found a reference in an old book belonging to her mother to the annual shinty match on Ardalanish beach (known in those days as 'Tannera'?) on New Year's Day, in which between 80 and 90 people per side from the Ross of Mull & Iona took part, and a bonfire was lit. Since she and husband Aeneas were running Ardalanish Farm at the time it seemed like a good idea to revive the tradition... more in the full issue

Some of the action from this year's shinty match

Ambulance Service

In the December issue of R&A we highlighted the Scottish Ambulance Service's (SAS) bizarre decision that since they now have a crew member resident in Tobermory, in certain circumstances the 2 crew members will both set off at the same time, each in an ambulance, and 'liaise at the incident address'. During December this envisaged scenario actually took place on at least one occasion, when an ambulance was called out of hours to an address in the Bunessan area... more in the full issue

Summer Ferries Shuffle

Ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd has announced its Summer 2017 timetable, which is now available online.
For the main Oban-Craignure sailing the times are broadly similar to those of last summer, with some tweaks which hopefully will iron out some of the problems experienced in 2016 with further connections to bus and rail. We are pleased to find that the 2-vessel system will be retained, although a little disappointed to discover that the MV Coruisk will again be the vessel deployed along with the MV Isle of Mull. We cannot share MSP Michael Russell's view that the Coruisk is 'ideally suited to the Mull crossing' .... more in the full issue