We were expecting as much. Sure enough, despite blitzing the forest of Japanese Knotweed last year, a bit of warmth and sunlight saw shoots appearing in what feels like a blink of an eye. So we’re up at Beach House just now, doing a bunch of bits n pieces, but our main target is this iniquitous invader.
We’ve still no idea how or where this plant made its way into the grounds of Beach House, our self-catering farmhouse on the Ross of Mull (that’s the bit that juts out to the south going towards the island of Iona). Our best, and only, guess is that the seed was transported to our ground by a bird as there’s no other known outbreaks of this foreign invader close by.
Mull can often seem like it’s out on a limb and easily overlooked, so it’s great to see that a local business received well-deserved recognition. Seaview Bed & Breakfast is down towards the south-western edge of the island in Fionnphort. Most people who know of this village are only aware of it, as it’s where you go to catch the CalMac ferry over to Iona.
That’s a great shame as Fionnphort has one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches below the main village street and has some quite unique rock formations which comprise of pink and red granite, which was once quarried and taken all over the world. The village’s name actually means ‘port of the white sands’ which, if you’ve ever visited, is totally apt.
When we are on Mull we regularly use the local shop/post office and you can never pass up a visit to the Keel Row which does decent pub grub and a pint. It’s only a 15 – 20 minute drive to Fionnphort from Beach House.
Anyway, the good people of Visit Scotland created the Scottish Thistle Awards back in 1992 to “showcase business excellence and quality”. They have awards for smaller enterprises and that’s where the Seaview Bed & Breakfast won the Small Business Extra Mile category.
Jane and John Noddings, who run Seaview said, “2010 has been as outstanding year for us at Seaview and winning this award is literally the icing on the cake for us. We are excited at what it will mean for our business in 2011, as well as for our village of Fionnphort and our island of Mull as a whole. Even in these challenging economic times it’s a great reason to celebrate and to look forward to the coming season with renewed optimism and a real sense of satisfaction of a job well done!”
You can read the full PR blurb on the Visit Scotland website.
Beach House Self Catering, Isle of Mull
A spacious self catering house on the Isle of Mull with spectacular views and superb visitor reviews, Beach House is a must for your holiday in Scotland.