Mull and Bute events get tourism funding boost

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Two events in Argyll and the Isles have been given a boost after receiving a share of £147, 576 funding from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

The Scottish National Sheepdog Trials and Country Fair, taking place on Bute, and the Mull Rally have received the funding from EventScotland’s National Programme Fund.

Mull Rally will be celebrating its 50th anniversary from October 11-13 as drivers from around the UK descend on the island to tame the challenge of the 150 competitive miles on the dramatic roads. An award of £12,000 has been made by EventScotland for event promotion and the creation of a spectator hub and an internet radio service.

Iain Campbell, director of the Mull Rally, said: ‘The continued support from EventScotland means two things to this October’s Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally. It allows us to restart the event at a high level after a two-year sabbatical and it enables the event to celebrate its 50th anniversary in fine style.

‘Mull was the first event in Scotland to secure an Act of Parliament to allow us to close the public roads for a rally. This year, Mull will be the first to run under the new Scottish Parliament Motor Racing Order. It is fitting that it is returning to the island where it all started and EventScotland’s support is invaluable to us and the island.’

Taking place from August 21-24, the Scottish National Sheep Dog Trials will see 150 handlers and dogs in Scotland compete.