Friday, 6 April 2012

Happy Easter !!

Happy Easter fellow bloggers. The island is gearing up for visitors! Calmac have changed to summer ferry schedules, which means more crossings to and from Oban each day. This means an increase in the number of cars on the island which can be interesting as visitors unused to the etiquette of single track road driving find locals seemingly on a suicide mission driving straight for them before diving into a passing place to allow the visitor right of way usually with a cheery wave and smile. The campsite in the village has its first hardy campers. An early morning walk from tent to toilet block with the easterly wind and a temperature of 3 degrees C must test the resolve of even the hardened camper.
The Eagle hide is open at its new site at Glen Seilisder with Ranger accompanied trips twice a day. We will find time to go in the quiet period between Easter and Spring Bank Holiday. Mull is a place of eco tourism, so as well as bird hides we have people who specialise in wildlife tours by boat or minibus. The boats for whale, dolphin and sea bird watching, whilst the minibuses tour the island roads looking for birds (eagles and hawks) and mammals (deer and otters). There has in the past been some controversy about the wildlife tour operators blocking passing places and sometimes stopping in the middle of the single tracks when an interesting bird is spotted. But we can all be guilty of a quick “stop and stare” at our wonderful wildlife, so keeping an eye on the rear view mirror usually keeps the traffic flowing.Eating establishments closed for the winter are re-opening giving visitors and islanders a wider choice of menus. So even on this small island there are the opportunities to eat a variety of cuisines from traditional Scottish fare including locally caught fish to Mediterranean menus plus the inevitable Indian and Chinese meals. Many of the restaurants have spectacular views, for example we will probably lunch with our visitors at the Western Isles Hotel on Easter Sunday high up above Tobermory looking out down the Sound of Mull.

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