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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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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!

See below for useful phone numbers for local help.

August issue 2020

Moy Castle, Lochbuie

The Isle of Mull is well provided with castles - ancient and modern. From the early middle-ages to the 19th Century Mull has been a desired location for both the defensive and the ornamental castle.
Moy Castle is an imposing tower house standing on a low rocky platform at the head of Loch Buie. It was built in the 15th century by Hector MacLean, brother of Maclean of Duart and the founder of the re-named MacLaines of Lochbuie, who made it their home.
Clan chief Lochbuie was forced to surrender the castle to the Earl of Argyll in 1690 because of his involvement in the Jacobite rising of 1689, but the castle was restored to the Chief in 1697. It was abandoned as a residence in 1752 when Moy House was built and then later, Lochbuie House.... more in the full issue

Photo courtesy of Alan Parker

The Story behind the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages on Erraid

The Island of Erraid lies at the south western tip of the Ross of Mull. It is a tidal island easily accessed across the sands from Knockvologan or Fidden at low tide. During the first part of the 19th century, it was a very quiet place. The 1841census has one family living in the croft house at that time and the rest of the island was tenanted for livestock grazing by Fidden Farm. But in the mid 1860’s there was a dramatic change and the period from 1867 to 1871 saw Erraid transformed from its peaceful rural state to “ a scene of industry such as was nowhere else to be witnessed at that moment throughout the British Isles.”( taken from a 1871 newspaper account) . So what happened?
The winter of 1865/66 had some horrific gales and 24 ships were wrecked on the Torran Rocks -a six mile stretch of reefs extending out from Erraid. As a result the Merchant Ship Owners and insurance companies petitioned the Northern Lighthouse Board to erect a lighthouse... more in the full issue

Photo courtesy of Judy Gibson

Mull Highland Games

The third Thursday, after the first Monday in July has marked the Mull Highland games, a regular event since July 22nd 1948. A games with a reputation for never cancelling, whatever the weather. Indeed it had taken a World War to see the games postponed in 1940.
The first formal games was held in 1923 (more informal games - gladiatorial competitions - and displays of prowess had been a tradition in the Highlands of a previous age). The Tobermory branch of the British Legion suggested the formation of a games and was supported by Tobermory town council (Tobermory was then a burgh with a great deal of autonomy over its affairs). This established a unique tradition for generations of Mull families both as competitors, patrons and volunteers.... more in the full issue

The march up to the games field, date unknown. Photo courtesy of Andrew Kain.


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 on 01681 700403
• 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-6pm, Mon-Sat, 11am-1pm Sunday. Deliveries for those self-isolating 01681 700470
• Spar Shop Bunessan - open 9am-1pm & 2-4pm Mon - Sat, 11am-1pm Sun, 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
• Crofter's Kitchen - Veg, meat, eggs, preserves. 10am-6pm Mon-Sat

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

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
• Salen Spar Shop 8am-8pm Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm Sunday

• Dervaig Post Office and Stores 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12noon-2pm Sunday, 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

• 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: 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: