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”

Doric String Quartet Mull concerts

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 or call 07818 691300 and leave a message.

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.