The Great Outdoors
There are currently no camping facilities open on the Isle of Jura. Wild camping is also discouraged just now as there is no way to manage numbers and there are health concerns with the limited facilities available.
The Mountain Bothies Association have also reiterated their statement that ALL MBA maintained bothies are closed across Scotland, Wales and England: https://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/2016/08/bothies-currently-unavailable/
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
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.
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Jura Boat Tours
We offer bespoke RIB Tours to various areas of outstanding beauty with an abundance of wildlife found around our shores. Passengers have the opportunity to enjoy the Corryvreckan whirlpool which is the 3rd largest in the world and is a sight to behold during large spring tides, and there are various other tours inc the West Coast of Jura to see the raised beaches. There is scope to see Dolphins, Porpoise, Seals, Otters and occasionally Minke Whales as well as Red Deer, Goats and Sea Eagles from the safety of the boat. To get a feeling for just how thrilling a RIB tour can be watch this video.
This operator is WISE accredited which means he is trained to operate tour boats in and around marine wildlife.
For bookings call 07976280195 or visit www.juraboattours.co.uk where you can book on-line.
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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.juraislandtours.co.uk
See us on Trip Advisor rated No1 of 8 things to do on Jura.
The Great Indoors
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.
At the North end of Jura, Alicia, Claire and Georgina create the beautiful Lussa Gin by growing, gathering and distilling local botanicals. Visit them for a tour and tasting at The Stables, Ardlussa. Call 01496 820196 to book.
Jura Craft Fair– Jura Hall, Craighouse
Camella Crafts and Crackaig Textiles
Situated in one of the Jura Community Business units, pick up handmade craft, art and souvenirs from Camella Crafts or a wide variety of woven, knitted and crocheted items from Crackaig Textiles.
The Whisky Island Gallery & Studio
Visit Konrad at his beautiful studio with views on to Small Isles Bay and the Paps of Jura. Pick up a print or join one of the photography classes. You can also book a photoshoot in the studio or out in the landscape on Islay and Jura. Enjoy special discounts and free worldwide delivery of prints available exclusively to the visitors coming to the Gallery.
Eat and drink
Antlers Bistro – Heritage & Craftswww.juradevelopment.co.uk/the-antlers/
Closed for the season
TEL: 01496 820496. Food to sit in or takeaway from Breakfast through to Dinner.
Please check the Jura Facebook page for current details.
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.
Tea On The Beach at Inverlussa BayTEL: 01496 820321
Closed until further notice
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.
Please note the church building is currently closed and there is no access to the photograph exhibition.
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.
Ridgeback Meteor Bicycles for hire in a variety of sizes. Helmets and basic tool kits provided. Delivery and pick up service available.
Contact Gerry on 07436 886 621 or email email@example.com
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 – to name just three. Each completes with a lively ceilidh in the village hall for a memorable end to the day.
For an up to date list of what’s happening, check out our What’s on page.