What to do?

The Great Outdoors

Whether enjoying a challenging climb up one of the Paps or taking a stroll along some of the 115 miles of coastline, offering everything from caves and cliffs to raised beaches and long stretches of white sand, Jura is a great place to walk and cycle.  With just one single track road and little traffic, bikes are a great way to explore the island.
While out and about, as well as all the deer on the island, you’ll be amazed to discover that many rare species of plants, birds and mammals inhabit these areas. Whether it’s the seals basking on the rocks or the more elusive otters along the shore, there’s plenty of natural wonders in store.
And what could be more wonderful than the sight of a spectacular Golden Eagle in flight. With an incredible seven mating pairs now on the island, Jura has become one of only eight designated Special Protection Areas for the Golden Eagle in the UK. For further info visit www.snh.gov.uk
Please be aware that Deer Stalking runs from July 1st to Feb 15th, during these months, for your own safety, you would be advised to contact, in advance, the relevant Estate concerned:

  • Ardfin: 01496 820198,
  • Ardlussa: 01496 820321,
  • Barnhill: 01496 820327,
  • Inver: 01496 820223,
  • Ruantallain: 01496 820287,
  • Tarbert: 01496 820207,
  • The Forest: 01496 820217

Boat charters

Fancy a spin up the coast to see the legendary Corryvreckan – the third largest whirlpool in Europe?  As you sail along the 27 mile coastline from Craighouse to the Corryvreckan, watch out for otters, seals, golden eagles, herons, oyster catchers, swans, hen harriers, buzzards, artic skuas, arctic terns and if you are very lucky – the amazing sea eagles and minke whales.
For further details contact: sailings@islayseasafari.co.uk or call Nicol direct on 07768 450 000

Jura Boat Tours

Corryvreckan, Wildlife Trips, Gigha, Raised Beaches, Fishing, Private Charter.

Book online or phone 07976280195  www.juraboattours.co.uk

Bus tour

If you’d like to explore further afield and take a drive up the island, the Jura Island Tours offers private tours. Tel: 01496 820314 or email:alex@jurabus.co.uk   www. juraislandtours.co.uk
See us on Trip Advisor rated No1 of 8 things to do on Jura.

The Great Indoors

Distillery Tour – Where better to discover the island spirit than a tour of the Isle of Jura Distillery. First founded in 1810 learn how this award winning single malt is created. The Distillery Shop offers gifts along with a taste of your preferred dram! All tours must be booked, please call 01496 820385  www.isleofjura.com


For an idea of what life used to be like on Jura, visit the Antlers Heritage Display and photo display at the back of  The Church in Craighouse.
Jura Lives Archive at the Service Point.

Bike Hire

Jura Bike Hire operates from the centre of Craighouse. Contact Nicol MacKinnon 07768450000

Local colour

Why not join us for one of our many annual events. There’s The Fell Race at the end of May, Regatta first Saturday in August or the toe-tapping Jura Music Festival in September www.juramusicfestival.com – to name just three. Each completes with a lively ceilidh in the village hall for a memorable end to the day.

Upcoming events

Jura Fells Race – http://www.jurafellrace.org.uk/
Jura Distillery – Guided Tours Booking Essential tel:01496 820385
Jura Craft Fair  –  Jura Hall, Craighouse
Antlers Bistro – Heritage & Crafts  www.juradevelopment.co.uk/the-antlers/  TEL: 01496 820496.  Food to sit in or takeaway from Breakfast through to Dinner.
Jura Hotel www.jurahotel.co.uk  TEL: 01496 820243.  – Food: Takeaway breakfast rolls until 9.30am, Lunches daily 12.00 noon-2.30pm, Afternoon tea until 5.00pm, Dinners 6.30pm-9.00pm.  In addition, from the start of May the lounge bar will be open from 10.00am for barista coffee.
Jura 10K & Half Marathon  – TBC
Ardlussa Sports 2017 29th July – 1pm prompt. Take a scenic drive to the north end of the island for an afternoon of fun activities and refreshments. Ceilidh Jura Hall pm.
Jura Regatta 2017 Saturday 5th August. In and around Craighouse Old Stone Pier – a day of water-based fun for all the family.
Jura Music Festival 2017 –  September.  For lovers of the west coast Traditional Music Scene: www.juramusicfestival.com
Tea On The Beach at Inverlussa Bay – TBC 01496 820321
At Jura’s wild north end, the beautiful wooded Lussa glen leads to a glorious sandy beach at Inverlussa.
You can savour the view, enjoy the wildlife, make sand-castles and enjoy tea and cakes right on the beach . If you are making a special journey, do phone ahead to check opening 01496 820321  (opening hours are flexible and sometimes subject to change at short notice).Advance notice required for groups larger than six.