A Heart Breaking Statement of Fact

by one of our most loved.

Despite Government recommendations there are still a few people asking about visiting Mull and Iona. This is understandable as Mull is a wonderful destination. Many of us rely on these visitors for income. However there is now a firm guidance in place asking that non essential travel be avoided. Non essential Travel is described as being journeys that are not part of the extra measures we are experiencing at the moment. Ferry and Road Transport are maintained as essential services in order to deliver our lifeline needs.

Each and every one of us wants our tourists to have the best possible experience. We want them to enjoy our wildlife, our beautiful scenery, our wonderful food outlets serving our terrific local produce, all our local retail traders, all our excellent sea trips, our places of interest, Iona Abbey, Mull Aquarium, our island distilleries, our historical archives and most of all “our warm welcoming hospitality”.

Are we, at this moment, honestly, in a position to do this? So many of the visitor attractions listed above have already closed down.

At any time harsher travel restrictions could be enforced. The very last thing both visitors and locals would want is holidays cut short or, in this unpredictable time, visitors stranded in unfamiliar rooms far from their own homes.

Mull and Iona will still be here in a few months and in a position to open our welcoming doors again.

We know that our tourism business, will like many other business have a disastrous financial summer but realistically the sooner the virus is over the sooner we can welcome our visitors back.