After Mike Shaw’s February talk ‘The Islands That Roofed the World’ we are staying south of Oban for a talk by PhD Researcher, Ceri Houlbrook on ‘The Ardmaddy Wishing Tree’. This talk with slides will be held in the committee room of Craignure Village Hall on Wednesday 5th March at 7.30pm. We booked the village Hall before realising that the Screen Machine woul;d be parked right outside – not only was there nowhere for us to park our cars but the noise would have drowned out Ceri’s talk. At the eleventh hour we made a fast move to An Roth, so Moray Finch deserves a big thank you for being so accommodating. It’s a good venue for a talk and the kitchen facilities are good too.
As many of us have not yet visited Seil Island we will make Seil the destination for this year’s summer Mainland Outing on Friday July 4th. There are lots of things to see and do on Seil Island and we hope to make this visit full of interest and new discoveries. Go to this page to see the programme for 2014.
Well, as is often the case things changed. Our mainland outing took us to Bon Awe Iron Furnace, Glenorchy Parish Church (Dalmally), St Conan’s Kirk and we ended up at Brander Lodge for tea and scones (and a chance to dry out a bit as the day had been very wet.
The AGM followed our new format when we made it a day out as well. This year we went to Iona where we had a guided tour from one of the volunteers (who was word perfect in spite of this being her first tour of the year) around the Abbey. We went to have a look at the very impressive new exhibition which was all that Peter Yeoman of Historic Scotland had promised when he gave the MacKichan Lecture at Duart Castle last year. The weather was fine but cold so everyone was glad to stop for tea and delicious scones at the Columba Hotel where we also held a brief AGM.
Another speaker inspired outing took place in May when a small but select band of members visited the Kilpatrick area with John Clare. I had to bow out of this walk due to surgery on my knee in April but I know that those who went had a most enjoyable walk and saw all the things that John had covered in his excellent talk last September.
I missed out again in June for a walk at Treshnish courtesy of Carolyne and Somerset Charrington. A full report was written by Phil Siddall (thank you Phil) which will be published in Mull Archaeology Matters later in August. This newsletter will be emailed to members and reproduced here on the website later.