Global interest in Ulva’s Boathouse

The Boathouse on Ulva.
The Boathouse is near Ulva's slip way.

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Interest in taking over Ulva’s popular Boathouse cafe and restaurant has come in from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, Uganda, the USA, Canada, Norway, France, and Italy, as well as from the across the UK.

A staggering 69 expressions of interest were made and those serious about taking it on now have until November 26 to send in a full business plan to be viewed by a panel before a final decision is made.

The Boathouse, one of the key attractions on the tiny community-owned island just off Mull’s west coast, has been catering for visitors since 2007. The opportunity for new management came up when the current tenants gave up the lease.

Every year the island, measuring just 12km long by 4km wide with a current miniscule population of six, welcomes thousands of visitors.