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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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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.

November issue 2020

Future Ferries for Mull?

Over the past couple of years, Mull and Iona Ferry Committee (MIFC) has been investigating and learning about the different kinds of ferries that are used elsewhere in the UK and the world, to understand which types would be best for our routes.
The MV Isle of Mull is now 32 years old, and one of the oldest vessels in an ageing fleet. She is due for replacement, but there are currently no plans or a budget to do so. We are determined that when she is eventually replaced, what is delivered (which could well be in service for another 30 years) must be the best possible design choice for the island users who depend so much on our lifeline ferry service.
Our users’ survey from last year gave us a good steer on what community priorities are, and where improvement needs to be focussed. As well as local needs however, there are other issues influencing ferry choices – like the ballooning cost of ferries like the new hulls 801 and 802, and on a wider front the considerable challenge to de-carbonise shipping.... more in the full issue

Brief History of Rallying on Mull

“100 mph Killing and Maiming of Animals” was the headline in The Oban Times when the 2300 Club was planning the first Tour of Mull in the summer of 1969. Luckily this prediction by Viscount Massereene, owner of the Knock Estate, proved to be inaccurate.
The first Rally on Mull was 50 years ago. The originator and driving force was my father Brian. He was a master of diplomacy, friendship and determination. During his life he constantly passed credit for the success of the Tour of Mull on to the 2300 Club Committee. He died in 1996 and since then, being no longer able to deflect praise, the enormity of his skill and achievements has emerged.
In July 1968 Dad took his young family on holiday to Mull. The M6 went no further North than Carnforth, there were no dual carriageways, cars were loaded onto the ferry at Oban on a lift and it was raining. As Dad’s Cortina GT bounced through the puddles in the unmade track to our accommodation at Glengorm there was a distinct atmosphere of ‘where the hell have you brought us’ from Mum and tears from us children. The gloom soon lifted. We enjoyed two glorious weeks with days on Calgary beach, a boat trip to Staffa and Iona, walks and adventures around Glengorm. Gifts of fish and produce were left anonymously at the house. Everyone that we met was friendly. Mull was a delight.
One evening the owner of Glengorm, Mr Carr, invited Mum & Dad for drinks. Hanging on the walls of his office were pictures of him racing Bentleys at Brooklands and Donnington between the wars. This prompted a conversation about motorsport during which Dad suggested that Mull would be a good venue for a Motor Rally and Mr. Carr agreed. This was the sperm/egg moment ... more in the full issue

Photo - Joan & Brian Molyneux on Main Street in Tobermory. Photo courtesy of the family


Vet Jimmy Wilson awarded MBE

We are delighted to report that Jimmy Wilson BVMS, MRCVS has received the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to veterinary practice and animal welfare on Mull. The awards were announced on 9th October, having been delayed from HM The Queen’s Birthday in June as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Jimmy is well-known to most folk on Mull, having served the island faithfully for over 30 years. He is well respected in veterinary circles and is a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society.
'I was very surprised at receiving the honour.' said Jimmy 'It was totally unexpected. I am extremely proud to receive the MBE award for services to Veterinary Practice and Animal Welfare on the Isle of Mull. I also feel that the Honour was not just for me alone but also for my father the late Robert Wilson and all the other single handed vets working in the Highlands and Islands. I might add I was only doing my job which I enjoyed and was lucky to practice and live on Mull.' .... more in the full issue

Photo courtesy of the family

Winter Hardship Fund

Help to cover essential living costs such as heating, food and transport.
For island residents experiencing hardship due to COVID-19, funded by the Waterfall Fund.

How to apply: Complete a simple form available on our website or by emailing

Mull & Iona Pantry (Food Bank)

Food Parcels for those in need
Phone Ruth Fleming 07549 018157 - all calls completely confidential.

or email

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. Deliveries for those self-isolating 01681 700470
• Spar Shop Bunessan - open 9am-1pm & 2-4.30pm Mon - Sat, 11am-1.30pm 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. 9am-9pm Mondays only

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.
• The pharmacy in Tobermory can arrange deliveries for prescriptions etc. 01688302431
• Tobermory Stores: open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm, Phone 01688 302808.
Weekly delivery service island-wide - 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

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: