Parking on Forest road causes disturbance to nesting eagles


It’s fantastic to see that Tiroran Community Forest’s sea eagle pair are nesting in the same place as last year. However, due to the felling of trees along the road, vehicles parking in passing places near the site and people getting out to take photographs are very visible to the eagles and likely to cause a disturbance to them. If they are disturbed this may affect their ability to successfully incubate eggs and raise chicks.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 makes it illegal to recklessly cause disturbance to the nesting sites of Protected Species, such as sea eagles.

Under the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 it is illegal to park in a passing place. Currently there are up to six large timber lorries passing along the road to and from the forest daily, making it potentially dangerous to block the passing places, as well as a criminal offence.

The local police are patrolling the area and there is CCTV on site.

A better alternative for eagles and people is to book in to one of Mull Eagle Watch’s two-hour guided tours. These offer a walk through the Forest to a place where the eagles can be viewed without disturbance, as well as a fascinating talk about the eagles and other wildlife. It is also an opportunity to contribute to a project that benefits the whole community of South West Mull and Iona.

It is also possible to explore the forest on foot. Be careful to stay well clear of forestry vehicles, operations and log stacks. There are forestry notices in place so please follow the directions given.

For further information, contact John Clare, our Forest Officer, on 01681 700022;





Community Plan Update


It’s been 5 years since the publication of the Ross of Mull and Iona Community Plan.

Produced after a period of intensive community engagement, the aim of this plan was to define the scope of activities that we hoped to happen over a five to ten year period and to give an insight into the ambitions of our community.

A good deal has happened since the plan was published, including the development of the Community Transport Scheme and the Gala, the revival of Feis Mhuile and the purchase of Tiroran Forest. However, it is now time to update the plan, to open the conversation again, to share ideas about the future of our community.

Tiroran Forest is now owned by the communities of South West Mull and Iona and we want to hear about what you would like to see happening in the forest. What are your priorities for distributing any profits that are made? We are also investigating the opportunity of taking over the management of the Columba Centre in Fionnphort. How would you like to see this develop?

We are working with Connecting Scotland to facilitate this consultation through Café Conversations, to be held at various venues throughout South West Mull and Iona.

Tuesday 15th March – 5pm Keel Row;
Wednesday 16th March – 11am Tiroran Forest;
Monday 21st March – 1pm Iona Hall, 7pm Argyll Arms
Tuesday 22nd March 10am Pennyghael Hall, 2pm Bunessan Hall, 7pm Creich Hall

For more information please contact Morven Gibson on 01681 7080000/

Feis 2016 – events from Thursday evening!

Don’t forget that Feis 2016 is this week – starting with the Tutor’s Ceilidh on Thursday 18th February at 8.30pm at the Argyll Arms, Bunessan. Come along and listen to Cameron Anson, Neil MacCallum, Iain MacFadyen, Iain Cameron, Sileas Sinclair and Allan Henderson.

They’ll be playing again the following evening, Friday 19th February, at 9pm in the Argyll Arms for an informal music session – bring an instrument or a song and join in!

At 7pm on Friday evening you can join Rosie Burgess at the Ross of Mull Historical Centre to learn a waulking song or two. Waulking (in Gaelic luadh) is the technique of softening and shrinking newly-woven tweed by soaking and thumping it rhythmically – traditionally by hand. Waulking songs were sung to keep the rhythm and lighten the work.

During the day on Friday and Saturday there are a range of classes for children to be held at venues all over Bunessan. Children are being gathered from all over Mull and Iona to meet and play together. Come and listen to the culmination of their hard work at the Feis Concert on Saturday, 5pm, at Bunessan Hall.

The Feis finishes on Saturday night with the Feis Dance, 8.30pm at Bunessan Hall. There is a tartan theme this year with prizes for the best-dressed tartan wearer and a Strictly Come Dancing competition. Not to be missed!

For more information, please contact Morven Gibson, Local Development Manager, on 01681 708000 or


Gala Meeting on Wednesday

Gala Opening Ceremony 2015, Mull & Iona Pipe Band

This year’s Gala fortnight will kick off on Friday 22nd July with a Float Parade in Fionnphort, followed by a licensed dance in the evening, again, in Creich Hall, with Crackin’ Craic.

The Gala will continue over the two weeks ending with the Bunessan Show and Show Dance on Friday, 5 August, with, of course, the Scarecrow Trail along the Ross and over on Iona.

A number of events and activities, on both the Ross and Iona have been confirmed already but there is still plenty of room and opportunities for more.

If you out have ideas for other events, or would like to find out more, then please come along to our next meeting on 17th February 2016 in Creich Hall at 7 p.m.

First Felling at Tiroran Forest

Work on felling the first compartment of trees (shown in red on the larger scale section of the map) will commence next Monday 8th February and continue through to the end of April. We will initially be constructing a hardstanding to the south of the car park and main entrance from the main B8035 road, meaning that the main park area will be closed temporarily for safety reasons. If there are any queries about the work please contact John Clare on 01681 700022 or via email:

Tiroran Forest - map of first compartment

Forest Objectives and Consultation

Forest stream

Felling of the first compartment of conifers at Tiroran Forest is due to start very soon. John Clare, our Forest Officer, has been visiting local residents to discuss the impact this may have over the next few months. He plans to visit or speak on the telephone with everyone who lives around the forest or owns property there.

Please contact John if he has not yet been in touch. 01681 700022/

Click on this link to view our new page Forest Objectives which you can find under the Tiroran Forest page.

Access to Tiroran Forest

Autumn colours at Tiroran Forest

In case of emergencies or for other necessary access, keys to the padlocked vehicle gates of the forest are held at the SWMID office in Ross of Mull Historical Centre in Bunessan, by John, our forest officer and, if the others aren’t available, with Christine Leach at Pennyghael in the Past at Balevulin.

The pedestrian side-gates are always unlocked so please come in for a walk!


Feis Mhuile 2016

After the success of Feis Mhuile 2015 we are pleased to announce that Feis Mhuile 2016 is coming soon. Put the dates in your diary – 18th to 20th February! There is something for everyone, starting with the exciting and energetic Tutor’s Ceilidh at the Argyll Arms Hotel, Bunessan, on Thursday 18th February at 8.30pm. For children aged 8 to 18 there are two full days of instrumental tuition – a chance to learn a tune on the accordion or polish their step-dancing skills. Children aged 3 to 7 can enjoy music, dancing and other creative activities at Feis Bheag. There will also be classes for adults – details to be confirmed. The event will culminate in the fabulous Feis Dance on Saturday 20th February at Bunessan Hall at 8pm.

Feis Muile is supported by South West Mull and Iona Development as well as a group of committed volunteers. Please get in touch with us if you would like to be involved.


Check out the Feis Mhuile facebook page

Come to our AGM!!

Our AGM is on Saturday 28th November 2015, 3pm, at Bunessan Hall. Please come along and find out what we’ve been up to over the past year!

It would be great to have some new members and there will also be an opportunity to be elected to the Board of Directors.

John Clare, our new Forest Officer, is going to be doing a presentation on our exciting Tiroran Forest project.

An event not to be missed!


Please get in touch with the office if you have any queries.