Getting to Mull via an underwater tunnel?

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.

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Mull recreated in London’s east end

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.


Earthquake on Mull

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 shines in Silent Storm

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

silent storm poster


Dine at Duart Castle

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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.

MBE for weaver Robert

Islander Robert Ryan, aged 79, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to weaving and the economy on the Isle of Mull.

Mr Ryan has shared his skills and expertise to build a viable weaving operation at Ardalanish organic farm, near Bunessan in the south west of  the island, which has local breeds including Kyloe cattle and Hebridean sheep.

As well as keeping traditional skills alive, he has encouraged more British textile companies to process certified organic wool products and trained and inspired new weavers to set up their own businesses.

Robert and his wife Kathy set up Isle of Mull Weavers in  1987 and, when they retired, helped move their 1920s and 1950s vintage looms to Ardalanish.

Today, the weaving business at Ardalanish produces a range of beautiful organic tweeds, throws, rugs, scarves and knitwear. And is feted by Savile Row tailors and fashion designers.

Ardalanish weavers

New whale and dolphin centre

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has opened a new visitor centre in Tobermory.

Funded through a £220K grand from the UK government’s Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), the centre boasts interactive exhibitions, displays and a gift shop.

Scotland’s western seas are among Europe’s most important habitats for cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises.  so far, 24 of the world’s estimated 92 cetacean species have been recorded in the region.

The CCF has also funded a revamp of the trust’s research yacht, Silurian, which is used by marine scientists and volunteers to survey cetaceans.

Mull is a magnet for wildlife fans and the new centre aims to underline the island as a destination to enjoy and discover world-class marine biodiversity.

The visitor centre will be open seven days a week during the season, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.  Entry is free although a small charge may be needed for specific events. Donations are welcome.

Visit the Trust’s website

Recent sightings page