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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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Articles etc. invited during Coronavirus Pandemic

The current 'lockdown' due to the coronavirus pandemic will affect the content of R&A, since there will be no events for the foreseeable future. We are therefore inviting our readers to contribute articles on any topic at all for inclusion - if possible something positive/cheerful! If you write fiction this is your moment!

Wall of Hope:
We are continuing our 'Wall of Hope' every month until it seems no longer necessary - just send your message of support for all our readers via email: or phone 01681 700710 by 19th of the month - there will be no charge.

See below for useful phone numbers for local help.

June issue 2020

Spoonville…. the story so far….

When lockdown first started a friend of mine in England posted a picture on Facebook of a group of spoony people that someone had started close to where I used to live many years ago. I loved the idea so my daughter Ella and I set up a Spoonville in Craignure, Mull which started off with 2 spoony residents. I posted on my Facebook that Craignure Spoonville was hoping to increase its population & spoon mania has grown from there.
Children and adults alike have been creating spoony characters & planting them during their exercise time. We have even received a spoon in the post all the way from Poland. Craignure now has a total of 47 spoons, 2 resident penguins, a ‘guard’ mole and a windmill. We have the Mayor of Spoonville which Ella modelled on Grandad Richard Dewar, Bart Spoonson, Spoony McMoo, Nigella Spoonson, Spongebob Spoonpants to name but a few.... more in the full issue

Photo courtesy of Helen Dewar

Radio Station for Mull

Mull has its own internet radio station, and it’s about to get much bigger! Called Mull Broadcasting, at the moment the weekly shows are all available on the internet at
It started as a response to the coronavirus lockdown when Ray Canham found himself furloughed from his job as a guide at Duart Castle. A lifelong music and radio fan, he grew up in East Anglia listening to the pirate stations anchored in the North Sea and used to do DJ mixes for an online platform, as well as occasional stints behind the decks DJ’ing for soul nights.
He decided to put his collection of music to good use when Mull and Iona were put in lockdown to provide a bit of family entertainment while people were not able to get out and about. Together with Gill Govan who set up the Mull Insider Art Facebook group a pilot episode was put together that attracted over 200 listeners ... more in the full issue

Ray Canham broadcasting from the dungeon at Duart Castle - Photo © Fiona Steel

New 4G phone mast at Bendoran

If you live anywhere from Pennyghael westward to Fionnphort, and have been allowed out of house arrest, you will probably have seen that contractors are laying a fibre cable by the side of the road. You may have wondered whether R-100 was coming at last. Sadly this is not the case.
The cable is for a new EE 4G phone mast at Bendoran, just west of Bunessan. Planning consent was granted over a year ago:
The mast will be connected all the way back to Lochdon with fibre.... more in the full issue


Information for Local Help during these Troubled Times

A website has been set up for the Island with all current information:
Help lines for small businesses will be found on this website.

The Ross of Mull (including Tiroran and Gribun)
• The Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport Scheme will collect shopping and prescriptions.
Contact Terry Hegarty 01681 700600 (please contact him if you can also volunteer help)
• Telephone linking service is being set up on 01681 700403 (volunteers needed to join the team)
• The Keel Row will do ready meals and delivery in most of the area 01681 700458 Lunch Club Thurs-Sun
• The Ferry Shop - open 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat. Deliveries for those self-isolating 01681 700470
• Spar Shop Bunessan - open 9am-1pm & 2-4pm Mon - Sat, 11am-1pm Sun, 1 customer at a time, phone in your order for collection or free delivery if self-isolating 01681 700395
• Pennyghael Stores - 9am-4pm Mon-Fri. Place order on Friday morning for following week.
01681 704229
• Ardalanish Farm - Beef, Lamb & Venison available in welcome room freezers. 01681 700674
• The Creel - Saturdays: Fish & Chips for collection 5-8.30pm, pre-orders only 07864605682

Iona: if anyone requires assistance please contact any member of the Community Council
(Shiona, Mark, Rob, Toben, Jane, Don) Jane Martin is co-ordinating 700643

• For shopping, collecting prescriptions and general help contact:
Sue Royle, 07811083227. Helen Dewar, 0748833585. Kate Grierson. 0780170279
• Arlene’s: ready meal delivery service in Craignure/Lochdon area. Homemade meals to pop in the oven and desserts delivered to their door, for those who need it. Contact numbers 01680 812238/

Lochbuie: contact Flora Corbett 01680814153

• For help with shopping, prescriptions, posting mail and general help contact:
Kerry Mitchell, 07825577419. Helen McWalter, 07967094775. Eilidh Allen 07810747431
• The Salen Hotel will do ready meals to order. 01680300324

• Dervaig Post Office and Stores (closing 4pm) will do deliveries 01688 400208

Ulva Ferry
• The Community Transport is available for shopping and prescriptions and any other help 07775531301.
• For help or a chat contact Josh Liddle. 01688500139
• Anyone requiring plants please contact Lucy, 01688500257, delivery free.

• For general help contact:
Sarah Darling 07562 793345, Cathy Mellor 07526 078959 or Karen Taylor 07562 782556 or 01688 302 334.
• Shopping service: phone Sarah Smith 07394074829 or order via for deliveries from the Co-op throughout Mull
• The pharmacy in Tobermory can arrange deliveries for prescriptions etc. 01688302431
• Tobermory Stores: Free weekly delivery service to the North of the island - (Groceries & R&A!)
Phone 01688 301160 [The shop itself will remain closed]
• Tobermory Bakery will deliver ready meals and groceries in the Salen and Tobermory area 01688302225
• The Tobermory Fish Co. will deliver in North Mull 01688302120
• The Park Lodge Hotel will deliver meals in the Tobermory area. 01688302430
• Meat deliveries contact Fiona Boa (pork boxes) 07765966239 or Torloisk Farm 01688500130

This list was compiled with the assistance of Mull Community Council

More useful contacts for help at this difficult time:

Home Start For families with young children who would like some help call Home Start, Aileen Binner 07718768305. This is a totally confidential service with trained volunteers on the Island who can help.

Mull Safe and Sound (Mental Health)

Relationships Scotland or phone 0300 111 0031

Alcoholics Anonymous phone 01505 871889 (24 hours) (An AA member on Mull will call you back)

Samaritans phone 116 123 (free, 24 hours) or email: