The Isle of Jura

Hop on the Jura ferry, which operates from Port Askaig, and head for a day out on the Isle of Jura.
The ferry journey takes approximately fifteen minutes, a short crossing over the Sound of Islay. No booking is necessary, simply turn up when a ferry sailing is due, and purchase your ticket once onboard.
You can view the Jura Ferry Timetable here

With just one single track road, following the east side of the island, you will be transported into a peace and tranquillity. Don’t be surprised if there are a herd of deer waiting at the ferry port to welcome you on you arrival. Known as Deer Island, Jura has more deer living on the island than inhabitants.  Talking of Deer Island do stop by and visit the new Deer Island Rum Distillery. Situated in Jura’s only village, Craighouse.

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Walking On Jura

If you enjoy walking Jura offers a wild and rugged terrain  to explore, but do make sure you have sturdy walking boots and are equipped for these adventures. With the vast majority of the island unpopulated and only accessible on foot or by boat, it is important if you are planning a long trek or wish to hike up the Paps of Jura, that you have the right equipment. What might seem like a gentle breeze at ground level can be a huge gale once you clamber up the dizzying heights of the Paps.

Jura Guided Walks

Book a guide for your trip to Jura at Guided Walks on Jura.

If you would like an experienced guide, Jura local, Graeme Rozga, is the perfect host. He has vast local knowledge of the landscape and is a frequent competitor in the Jura Fell Race so knows those steep inclines intimately. Graeme will be able to tailor make routes and walks to suit your ability and make sure you reach the most picturesque spots on the island. Although Jura boasts many of these as it really is such an untamed wilderness.

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Head to the Jura Distilleries

Jura has three distilleries.

Visit the Jura Distillery and enjoy tours and tastings of Jura whisky. Jura Distillery

Deer Island Rum

Jura has a fantastic rum distillery in Craighouse. Enjoy sampling their fabulous rum and you can even treat yourself to some rum tablet. It is delicious. Deer Island Rum

Lussa Gin

A trip to Jura wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Lussa Gin Distillery, based in Ardlussa. Follow the single track road out of Craighouse for a very scenic and picturesque drive to Lussa Gin Distillery. Here you can enjoy tours and tastings too. Lussa Gin

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Things to do on Jura

Jura Bus Tours

Enjoy Jura bus tours 7 days a week. Pick up and return to and from the ferry from Islay. You’ll be treated to a wonderful day of stories, history and culture, plus seeing everything Jura has to offer.

Jura Parish Church

Enjoy visiting the fantastic gallery of photos of Jura from bygone days. 

Shopping on Jura

On the Jura Pier buy beautiful local gifts from Camella Crafts on the pier.

Visit Crackaig Textile Studio and enjoy seeing traditional spinning, knitting and weaving.

Visit the Whisky Island Gallery and see Konrad Borkowski’s fabulous images of Jura, taken in all the seasons and lights.

Jura Community Stores is where you can buy all your groceries.

Eating On Jura

Enjoy fresh local produce at the Jura Hotel and The Antlers Tearoom. Booking is advisable.


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