We now have clarity from government on visitor travel to the Isles of Mull and Iona. All holiday accommodation should not accept guests until further notice.
On 23 March, both the UK and Scottish Governments announced that “ all non-essential premises must close in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, campsites, boarding houses and caravan parks/sites for commercial uses”
In addition, on March 22nd, the Scottish Government announced that “ferries will be for those who live on our islands, who have an essential need to travel to or from the mainland and for essential supplies or business. Nothing else.”
This unprecedented situation is a huge disappointment for our visitors, as well as a massive financial blow to all the businesses in our tourism sector. It is expected the travel restrictions will last for some time. If you have booked a stay, please contact your accommodation provider as soon as possible to discuss the situation with them. Many are allowing bookings to be moved to later in the year, or into 2021. We hope that both visitors and businesses will deal with cancellations with kindness and consideration for the other; every one of us will be affected by the medical emergency we face.
We are all saddened to not be able to welcome visitors as planned this season. and regret any inconvenience and disappointment experienced. However, given the restricted nature of our health services on the islands, it is the best outcome for both visitors and residents. The clear message for us all is to stay at home, support our NHS and save lives.
Visit Mull and Iona social media channels will continue to operate, focusing on the beauty and diversity of our islands to provide a pleasant escape for those in self-isolation and missing Mull & Iona. You might also like to have a look at a new retail online site for the Scottish islands www.isle20.com or consider buying a voucher to help island businesses survive.
Thank you to all those who have posted lovely messages of understanding and support on our social media. Once it is safe to do so, we on the Islands of Mull and Iona are looking forward to welcoming you all with open arms once more.