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December issue 2019

The Tobermory Book Festival

This year's event was a great success but unfortunately the confusion with the ferries threw the programme into a bit a chaos on the Friday and Sunday. Putting that aside let’s look at an event by event round-up.
Thursday evening was brilliant fun with local girl Sandra McGruther, now known everywhere as Alex Gray, talking about her life as a crime writer and growing up on Mull. Following this Douglas Skelton gave the hidden lowdown on his new “Mull” thriller Thunder Bay. The delicious meal by Hebridean Lodge was accompanied by a “Crime on Mull” quiz. Here’s a couple of teasers: “In the mid 1800’s immigrants to America stopped during passage at Tobermory and some died in the town. How? And in 1843 what did Mrs MacGilvary steal from Mrs MacLean? ... more in the full issue

Canicross Race Glengorm

5th & 6th October
While Mull was gearing up for racing with 4 wheels dog loving runners were racing on foot using 4 paws to power them round a technical cross country course round the Glengorm Estate.
This was the second year Cani-Sports Scotland ( have hosted one of their monthly canicross events on Mull. Encouraged by local dog sport enthusiasts Darren & Sue Morley, from Aros, and with amazing support from Tom Nelson of Glengorm Castle, CSS pushed the boat out in 2018 and invited the running with dogs community to a first ever Canicross race on a Hebridean Island. That first race was very well received with entries from all over Scotland, England and Wales as well as a few locals from Mull who were awarded prizes for 1-3rd Locals. Spurred on by the success of this first event the 2019 race was planned and it is hoped this will become an annual event falling on the first weekend in October.... more in the full issue

Photo shows Alex McVey with Beinn on the way to victory
Photo by Danny Schnitzler

Mull & Iona Ferry Committee News

Winter timetable 20/21 – survey vote
Back in 2010 efforts began in earnest to campaign for an Oban-Craignure ferry service that was more focused on the needs of island residents, by basing the ferry in Craignure rather than Oban. Without adding to the number of sailings, this would result in earlier departures and later returns, giving a longer usable day on the mainland.
However, the obstacle to this island-focused service is the pier – CalMac do not consider it a suitable berth for the MV Isle of Mull on any more than two nights per week (it currently lays over on Friday and Saturday nights). Improvements to the Council-owned pier are still being studied, and there is little likelihood of upgrades that would enable more regular over-night berthing in the very near term. In the absence of a pier upgrade, the next-best option is to berth the ferry in Oban most nights, but have additional sailings at the beginning and the end of the day to offer those extra early and late departures.... We want to be sure that the island-focused timetable still retains the backing of islanders, and demonstrate to government the support that it has. Please go along to and click on ‘Surveys’ where you will find an online survey in which you can give your yes or no it. The survey will close on Saturday December 7th.
We are also running our second Service Preferences Survey. It would be great if as many people as possible complete it too. Thank you!... more in the full issue