Springtime on Mull, Iona and Staffa is the title of the final Clitheroe Library Lecture of the winter presented by Steuart and Anita Kellington.
The lecture describes a visit in springtime to the beautiful island of Mull, including an ascent of Ben More in glorious weather and viewings of white tailed eagles.
Visits were also made to the Abbey on Iona, the small island of Ulva, the Treshnish Islands for the prolific bird life and Staffa for Fingal’s cave.
Steuart said: “We are very pleased that it has been possible for Clitheroe Library to continue offering these lectures. We enjoyed attending Library Lectures in the 1980’s when we first came to live in the Ribble Valley and we have been presenting lectures ourselves for over 20 years.
“Scotland was our home for 14 years before we came to the Ribble Valley and remains one of our favourite locations for visits. In our lecture on Springtime on Mull, Iona and Staffa, we describe a very enjoyable visit when the islands experienced a period of about six weeks without rain and many hours of sunshine. Some of the sandy bays were reminiscent of Greek Islands and almost drought conditions prevailed throughout the Hebrides!”
Anita added: “We made our first visit to the Treshnish Islands on this visit and enjoyed watching puffins at close quarters.
“They were as curious of us as we were of them!
“A visit to Staffa followed the Treshnish Islands and thankfully, the sea was very calm and the sky was blue. I was very apprehensive about visiting Staffa of because Mendelsohn’s popular Hebrides overture, which I have enjoyed many times, was inspired by his visit to Staffa when the sea was rough and he felt very ill! His stormy music says it all!
“Our visit to Staffa was very memorable and Fingal’s Cave and the surrounding basalt columns were magnificent. Our photograph was taken as we approached the island. The final sequence of our lecture is our ascent of Ben More on Mull on a cloudless day without wind and the views of islands stretched as far as the Cuillins on Skye.”
The island of Mull lecture will take place on March 23rd at Clitheroe Library at 2pm. Admission to the lecture is £3 with booking strongly recommended. Tickets can be obtained from Clitheroe Library or reserved by phoning 0300 1236703.