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August issue 2017

Clan Maclean Gathering 2017

The Clan Maclean had a very successful week-long Gathering on Mull in June. These Gatherings have been held every five years since 1986, and this year coincided with the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Clan Maclean Association in 1892. It was also an appropriate occasion for some fund-raising for the restoration project on Duart Castle.
A week of activities, based at Tobemory, included a visit to Drimnin, in Morvern, where there was a ceremony at the recently repaired grave of Allan Maclean of Drimnin, who survived fighting at Culloden in 1746, where his father was killed leading the Macleans. A trip to Tiree had to be cancelled as the weather forecast was dire, and an alternative tour took clans people to Bloody Bay followed by a bus trip to Licht Lee, beside Loch na Keal, where a ceremony was held at the battle cairn. Other trips were to Iona, Glengorm and the Cheese Factory.! ... more in the full issue

New clan piper Calum Maclean (right), pictured with clan chieftain Sir Lachlan
Photo © Ewan Baxter

Mull Highland Games 2017

The Highland Games is always a highlight of the summer in Mull, and has a reputation for good weather on the day.
Heavy rain throughout the island on 19th July did not therefore bother us unduly, and sure enough, Thursday 20th dawned bright and cheerful. Those who had smiled through the rain at Lochaline the previous Saturday were now smiling with delight, and the intermittent cloud over the day made the conditions very pleasant.
The only disadvantage was the fact that the previous day's rain had made the ground very soft, and the light athletics competitors in particular felt this keenly. There was a large number of competitors in this section, perhaps attracted by the Scottish Light Field Jumps Championship, which the Mull Highland Games currently holds for the next 3 years... more in the full issue

Allan Hamilton attempts to break his own long jump record

Rally News

As you may have heard, the usual Closed-Road Mull Rally cannot be held this year. Thank you all for your patience and understanding while we come to terms with the temporary loss of “The Best Rally on the World”. In its place, the Mull Car Club Ltd and friends are planning to organise two events on Rally Weekend as described below. The objectives of these community volunteer-run, not-for-profit sporting events are:
• To maintain the spectacle for local residents to enjoy;
• To maintain tourist income to the island;
• To retain continuity of presence in preparation for the return to closed-road rallying in the future.
Friday 13th October 2017
A Targa Road Rally which is an event restricted to road cars and road tyres.
The competitive sections are planned to take place on various private properties across the island.
Saturday 14th October 2017
A Rally Time Trial
.... more in the full issue