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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.
Deadline for submissions, advertising etc - usually 19th of the previous month.
Date of issue normally the last day of the preceding month.
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R&A Photo Competition 2020

Our photo competition will now run until early September as usual, with a prize money of £50.
Photos MUST be submitted electronically, size A4 at 300 dpi, and should have been taken in 2020.
Remember also to allow for our headers and footers at the top and bottom of the photo.
Send to R&A email address:
Entries by 8th September please.

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.

July issue 2020

Insider Art & Lockdown Quilt

As the country went into lockdown on 23rd March, Karen Taylor of Tobermory was organising medicine and food deliveries on North Mull, as were her counterparts around the rest of the Island. The website was constructed, information on Government economic assistance was distributed and teachers were planning virtual contact. Many people on Mull and Iona were volunteering to keep our community safe. We knew that people would be looking to fill their time as our galleries, art, cinema and sewing clubs were closed, so a new facebook page was established called Mull Insider Art. It’s an open group for all locals to use. People post arts activities for children as well as adults and Mull Insider Art publicises national arts projects and events and runs local virtual clubs. It also hosts a local radio show called Mull Insider Broadcasting and Mull Film Club which provides regular information, updates and recommendations.
One island-wide project we hope people will help us to create is a Community Quilt. This project is about making a collective memory quilt, which will mark the resilience and resourcefulness of our community during lockdown. You do not have to have sewing experience to take part. We hope that we have a big response and that the quilt will be displayed in the village halls on Mull and Iona .... more in the full issue

Photo - just one of the lovely squares submitted so far for the Community Quilt. Photo courtesy of Gill Govan.

Dervaig’s Rainbow Bridge Project

A little bit of joy has been spread around Dervaig community this month, as pupils of Dervaig Primary School have been sending cards and letters to locals who have been shielding since the start of lockdown.
The pupils meet twice a week for a virtual assembly with their teachers and, during these meetings, they decided it would be a nice idea to try and cheer up people who may be feeling a bit isolated and lonely.
The idea of ‘The Rainbow Bridge Project’ began to take shape.
They chose the name because of the link to the NHS rainbow and because they wanted to ‘bridge the gap’ between generations and households... more in the full issue

Photo shows cards designed by the children - Collage by Katharine Elwis

Black Lives Matter in Mull

A Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest was held at the Tobermory Clock Tower on the weekend of Friday June 12th - Sunday June 14th. Residents of Mull supported the movement by leaving a protest sign or message of solidarity.
This was the brainchild of Alexandra Stevens, who says:
'I knew from social media there are lots of people on Mull who support the BLM movement but, because of Lockdown, were unable to travel to Glasgow or Edinburgh to protest. So I thought, why not hold one here? .... more in the full issue

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Stevens


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: is now open Monday-Friday 8am-1pm, Phone 01688 302808.
Free weekly delivery service to the North of the island - phone or email
• 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: