Jura island is a great place to go walking, climbing or looking for wildlife. One of the main attractions on the island are the ‘Paps of Jura’, which dominate the view in nearly every direction.
The main road is single track for all of it’s 20 plus miles and towards the end becomes more of a track than a road. However, there are some spectacular views from the road and more often than not you’ll be admiring the scenery all on your own.
Craighouse is a lovely little village. Apart from the scenery, the main attraction within the village is the Isle of Jura Distillery who offer tours all year round.
The Isle of Jura is one of the last wildernesses of Scotland and is a great island to visit.
How do I get to Jura? The main route to Jura is by the Car Ferry at Port Askaig on Islay. This takes you on the short crossing to Feolin on Jura. It is also possible to visit Jura directly from Tayvallich on the mainland, with the Jura Passenger Ferry.
How do I get around Jura? The Jura Bus travels between Feolin Ferry and Craighouse, then north along the eastern side of Jura until reaching Ardlussa and Inverlussa, close to the top of the island. There is only one real road on Jura, known as the ‘Long Road’, which is single track, so you will need to weigh up whether it’s worth bringing a vehicle to Jura. It is possible to book an island tour with Jura Island Tours.
What’s worth visiting on Jura? The Paps of Jura, found in the southern half of the island, dominate for miles around. There are excellent views from the summit of any of the three ‘Paps’ and on a clear day it is possible to see Northern Ireland. Also worth visiting are the Isle of Jura Distillery and Jura House Garden.
Where can I stay on Jura? The only Hotel on the island is the Jura Hotel. However, it is also possible to stay at Sealladh Na Mara Bed and Breakfast. Self catering accommodation is available at Ceol na Mara, Lutra House, Seaview Cottage and Leargy Cottage in Craighouse. As well as Feolin Farmhouse in Feolin and Dubh Bheinn in Crackaig Bay. The Jura Hotel offers camping on one of their fields, next to the shore. Showers, toilets and laundry facilities are available at the hotel.
Any other information on Jura? George Orwell wrote ‘1984’ at Barnhill, a cottage at the northern end of Jura.