Jura can be reached in a number of ways by public transport.
The fastest way to reach Jura is by Jura Passenger Ferry. You can also travel via Islay by taking the Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry from Kennacraig or by daily Flybe flights from Glasgow Airport.
travelinescotland.com offers a free public transport journey planner, its the easiest way to plan your journey.
Jura Passenger Ferry
The ferry runs every summer, this year the it sails from 28th March 2013 to 1st October 2013. The ferry runs every day except Wednesdays and you arrive in the heart of Craighouse. It leaves from Tayvallich, west of Lochgilphead. It’s perfect for a day trip from the mainland. Full details are available at www.jurapassengerferry.com
You can travel to Tayvallich from Lochgiphead by bus – full details of connections are on the website.
Road and Car Ferry
Caledonian McBrayne operate regular sailings from Kennacraig to Port Ellen and Port Askaig on Islay.
The connecting ferry to Jura crosses regularly from Port Askaig to Feolin.
It is essential to book with CalMac for a vehicle crossing, you can find timetables and book online at www.calmac.co.uk.
Port Ellen (Islay main office) +44 (0)1496 302209
Kennacraig +44 (0)1880 730253
Scottish CityLink operate a coach service from from Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow to Kennacraig ferry terminal. There are four buses a day in each direction but not all of them tie in with ferries. www.citylink.co.uk
The Jura Bus is operated by Garelochhead Coaches and travels between Feolin Ferry to Craighouse and north up the island to Inverlussa.
Tel: 01436 810200 http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Feolin_Craighouse_Lagg_Inverlussa_btt456.pdf
From Glasgow to Islay, Flybe operates three flights on Mondays and Fridays, two daily flights Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, morning flight only on Saturday, afternoon flight only Sunday. Flights operated by Loganair. www.flybe.com
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.
For bookings, times etc. Tel/Fax Port Ellen Airport +44 (0)1496 302 022 or Flybe reservations +44 (0)345 222 111.
Sail to Jura
Facilities for Boat Users
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 £10 per mooring – paid at either Jura Stores 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:
- public toilets
- coin operated showers
- laundry facilities
- water, diesel and petrol
- recycling bins
- internet access – at Jura Service Point
- the general store
And, to enhance your holiday further, we can offer information on our What to do page.