Getting to Jura

Please check with individual transport providers before you travel for up to date information on how to book and availability.

Jura can be reached in a number of ways by public transport.

Travel direct:

  • Sail from Tayvallich to Craighouse in just 50 minutes on the community-managed Jura Passenger Ferry.
  • Sail to Jura and moor at one of our community-owned moorings in the heart of Craighouse (£12/night mooring fee).
  • Coming soon – arrive in Craighouse by seaplane.

Travel via Islay: offers a free public transport journey planner, it’s the easiest way to plan your journey.

Jura Passenger Ferry

The Jura Passenger Ferry is now running for the 2023 season until the end of September.

The ferry runs every summer – sailing from April to September, running every day except Tuesdays. Leaving from Tayvallich, west of Lochgilphead, you will arrive in the heart of Craighouse within 50 minutes. It is perfect for a day trip from the mainland. Full details are available at

You can travel to Tayvallich from Lochgilphead by bus – full details of connections are on the website.

Ferry via Islay

CalMac operate regular sailings from Kennacraig to Port Ellen and Port Askaig on Islay with occasional crossings from Oban via Colonsay to Port Askaig.

On foot – Scottish CityLink operates a coach service from from Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow to Kennacraig ferry terminal with several services per day connecting with the ferry to / from Islay. CalMac currently advise foot passengers to make a reservation.

With a vehicle – If you are planning to bring a car with you booking is essential on the CalMac ferry.

Onward to Jura – The connecting ferry to Jura crosses regularly from Port Askaig to Feolin with scheduled runs from 7.30am-6.30pm. Late sailings are available but must be booked in advance – check out the full timetable at The Jura Bus is operated by Garelochhead Coaches and travels between Feolin Ferry to Craighouse and north up the island to Inverlussa.

By plane via Islay

Flights to Islay from Glasgow Airport are operated by Loganair.

From the airport there is a bus and taxi service or you can also hire a car from D & N Mackenzie opposite Islay Airport. Tel: +44 (0)1496 302 300.

Sail to Jura

Facilities for Boat Users

Jura Development Trust, sort code 83 16 20, account number 00119659.

Jura’s 115 miles of coastline includes a wealth of sheltered bays and inlets which have, for centuries, provided boat users with ample opportunity to stop a while and admire the island up close.

Craighouse, in the shelter of Small Isles Bay on the island’s east coast, is the main hub of island life and provides a wide range of facilities for boat users. Its 16 new swing moorings offer safe harbour for boats of up to 15 tonnes and a stunning view of the Paps.

The moorings are in easy reach of the landing pontoon, installed for Easter and removed after the Jura Music Festival in September providing boat users with easy access to Craighouse.

Please note that the pontoons are for landing only. They are not suitable for yachts tying alongside but can easily accommodate tenders and RIBs. The nightly charge is £12 per mooring – paid at either Jura Stores, the Antlers or Jura Hotel. We currently operate on an honestly system and urge any users to make the requested payment as the project incurs high annual overheads and we wish to maintain the current number of moorings (16) for users benefit. Availability is on a first come first served basis. Thanks in advance for your appreciation and co operation.

Both the moorings and pontoons have benefited from recent seabed clearance work.

As if the beautiful scenery wasn’t enough to entice you ashore, we have a wide range of facilities available in Craighouse. On a practical side these include:

Please note the shower and laundry facilities at the hotel are not open

  • public toilets
  • showers accessible through the Jura Hotel
  • laundry facilities
  • water, diesel and petrol
  • recycling bins
  • internet access – at Jura Service Point
  • Jura Community Shop

And, to enhance your holiday further, we can offer information on our What to do page.