The Doric String Quartet – the new artistic directors of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival – are returning for two island concerts this autumn.
Saturday September 30 at Tobermory Parish Church 7pm – free admission
Sunday October 1 at Duart Castle 7pm for a gala concert with champagne reception. Tickets £20.
Each concert will have an individual programme including music by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Britten.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07818 691300 and leave a message.
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.
The beautiful Isle of Ulva, off Mull’s west coast, is up for sale.
Its name comes from the Norse word for Wolf Island – Ullfur – and the first settlement dates back to 5,600 BC.
Now, it’s on the market for the first time in 70 years – with a price tag of £4.25million. Included are 4,583 acres, a Grade B listed house built in 1950 to replace a house destroyed in a fire, and a Thomas Telford church. The estate includes a restaurant and tea room that are let out, as well as eight other properties including small cottages and a sporting lodge.
Estate agents Frank Knight describe it as “one of the finest private islands in northern Europe” with “unique heritage and conservation value with incredible wildlife, birdlife and sea life”.
Full story in the Daily Telegraph
Knight Frank brochure on Ulva
A new season of guided tours to watch Mull’s sea eagles begins on April 11.
The two hour trips run from Glen Seilisdeir (Tiroran Community Forest) and West Ardhu (North West Mull Community Woodlands).
They can be pre-booked at Craignure Visitor Centre on 01680 812556.
More eagle information
Could an underwater tunnel be the solution to Mull’s transport problems?
The idea has been put forward as a way to help visitors get easier acsess to Mull and islanders who commute to the mainland for work. At present, they all depend on the ferry service, which has restricted timetables and can be badly disrupted by bad weather.
Skye has a bridge allowing people to come and go as they please. But Alistair MacDougall, who heads up head of Argyll and Bute Council’s transportation committee, thinks a tunnel, perhaps linking Lochaline on the Movern peninsula and Fishnish, north of Craignure, could be a better option.
Full story in The Herald
Supermarket Lidl, which buys its mussels from Mull, is creating an pop-up interactive event bringing a taste of Mull in east London next week-end – September 15-18.
It’s paying homage to the sustainable, Scottish rope-grown mussels it buys from Mull, currently in season until March. The event – Mussel Beach – is set to recreate Mull’s stunning scenery, bringing Loch Spelve to Brick Lane’s Old Trewman Brewery.
Experimental chefs will be creating recipes for visitors to the free event. And guests will be able to gaze at Mull’s starry night skies, thanks to Kinect technology, while suspended on swings made from mussel ropes. Visitors can also walk across a jetty to view Lidl’s lake, with water sourced directly from the Loch itself.
A small earthquake was recorded on Mull last month – recorded by the British Geological Survey.
The 1.9-magnitude tremor was felt at Lochbuie, Kinlochspelve and Gruline.
Apparently there are usually up to 300 recorded earthquakes in Britain every year but most are so small that they are not noticed
Mull has a starring role in Corinna McFarlane’s The Silent Storm – released in cinemas last month, although it premiered at the London Film Festival nearly two years ago
The writer/director and a crew of 70, made use of Carsaig Bay’s old jetty and the Nun’s Cave as well as artists’ retreat, Inniemore Lodge for the film.
Islanders had starring roles as well as the congregation in the postwar tale of authoritarian minister Balor McNeil, played by Damian Lewis, his nature loving wife Aislin (Andrea Riseborough) and young offender Fionn (Ross Anderson) who comes to live with them in their island home.
“The landscape is intrinsic to the story,” McFarlane told the Radio Times, “because it’s about the isolation of the characters and the idea of God in nature versus the puritanical, fundamentalist version of God as rules and structure. For me, it had to be on an island because islands have their own rules and a distinct atmosphere. Mull is very lush and otherworldly.”
“Some days it [the weather] would be torrential and then it would clear up and the sun would be so hot and we’d all swim after work. The sea is crystal clear. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.”
View the official trailer on YouTube
The gardens at Torosay will open to the public on the first Sunday of the month until October.
Admission is by donation of £3 per adult.
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Mull’s Duart Castle is opening its tearoom for evening meals, from July to September.
You can enjoy supper at the castle on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 7-9pm. The menu will be locally sourced and diners can bring their own bottle.
Booking essential: 07437 693759.