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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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February issue 2018

Shinty and a Swim!

This year's annual mass shinty match on 1st January on Ardalanish beach was blessed with fabulous weather, making it the perfect way to welcome the New Year.
The two teams were captained by brother and sister David and Hannah Francis. At half time the Red Team, captained by David, was reportedly winning 3-2, however even sibling rivalry could not affect the traditional draw, and the final score was 6 all. Hannah was heard to say she had loved it, but must get better for next year... more in the full issue

Photo: The water's lovely!

New Hall for Iona

Islanders are jumping for joy at the news that Iona Village Hall Community Trust have received a National Lottery award from the BIG Lottery Fund of £903,888 towards their new village hall project.
The project focuses on replacing the 90-year-old Village Hall with a fit-for-purpose, multi-use building to meet the wider needs of the island community, as the island bucks the trend with a growing population. It will cost just under £2.2m and hope for completion by Summer 2020... more in the full issue

Iona children jump for joy outside the present hall. Photo by Gordon Bruce

Purchase of Ardura Forest

MICT is investigating whether to purchase the 200 hectare Ardura Forest just south of Craignure as a means of generating income to contribute to our core costs whilst also providing community benefit and improving the bio-diversity of the area. Currently, the forest includes around 110 hectares of commercial timber, mainly sitka spruce with some larch and lodge pole pine. Much of the area within the forest is officially designated as Ancient Woodland and indeed there are remnants of oak, holly and birch within the sitka spruce. The Gaelic name of the woods is Doire a’ Chuilinn which translates as “the Grove of the Holly”. The area we hope to purchase goes down as far as the River Lussa – on the other side is the Mull Oakwoods SSSI.” ... more in the full issue