Mull farmers on BBC2 series

Have you been watching BBC2’s This Farming Life featuring Janet and Alistair Taylor on Mull?

The couple, who rent a small farm near Bunessan, keep 140 sheep, 20 Highland cattle, ducks, a goose, and nine dogs. They started up the farm about five years ago.

The BAFTA-award winning TV series follows the struggles and triumphs of six different farming families in some of Scotland’s most beautiful and remote landscapes.

If you missed series two, it’s still showing on BBCiPlayer although early episodes are only available for the next few days.

Photo: the BBC

Community buy-out bid blocks Ulva sale

Could Ulva be repopulated?  That’s the hope of  North West Mull Community Woodland Company, which is leading a community buy-out bid for the island.

The sale of the island by owner Jamie Howard has been halted by Scottish ministers to allow bid, which would be part-financed by public funds from the national-lottery-backed Scottish Land Fund, which gives residents rights to buy local land, forests and buildings.  Continue reading “Community buy-out bid blocks Ulva sale”

Whitetail Gin – new spirit of Mull

A new London dry gin, made with hand-harvested native Mull botanicals such as heather, sea kelp and pine needles, is now on sale from the Tiroran estate.

Whitetail- named after the island’s famous sea eagles – is being made with Thames Distillers in London and distilled using water freshly sourced from Tiroran’s private spring (said to have mythical healing powers) .

You can buy it online – at £38 a bottle plus £4 shipping – or from the Whitetail licensed shop, one mile from the Tiroran Forest eagle hide.

 

 

Torosay gardens open

Torosay Castle gardens are opening to the public on the first Sunday of the month, until October.

Admission is by free donation to local charities.

Dogs on leads are welcome.