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The Isle of Jura

“The appearance of the island is very romantic and calculated to raise sublime emotions in the spectator’s soul”

1792 Statistical Account

The beautiful Isle of Jura is a paradise for walkers, birdwatchers and nature lovers and for those simply in need of total relaxation in a unique and completely unspoilt location.

One of the southern Hebredies, Jura lies off the western seaboard of Argyll and with its satellite islands extends to about 140 square miles. The topography of the island is dominated by the Paps; conical shaped mountains rising to over 2500 feet. A further famous natural feature of the island is the Gulf of Corryvreckan which lies between the northern tip of Jura and the Island of Scarba. When the tide in the Gulf is opposed by a gale the consequent roar from the whirlpool can be heard many miles away. Jura is of both literary and artistic note, not least as having been the home of George Orwell in the late 1940s during the writing of “1984.”
Jura has a population of only 200 people who are significantly outnumbered by the numerous red deer which can frequently be seen grazing by the roadside or on the seashore. The name “Jura” actually means “Deer Island.”
Jura is reached by taking the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry from Kennacraig on the Kintyre peninsula to the Isle of Islay and from there hopping onto the frequent car ferry which runs from Port Askaig on Islay across to Feolin on Jura (journey time less than 10 minutes). Alternatively you can choose to cross from Androssen to Brodick on the isle of Arran and from there take the short ferry to the Kintyre Peninsula and enjoy the brief drive to Kennacraig to catch the Islay Ferry. There is also a regular flight from Glasgow Airport to Islay – car hire is available from the airport. In the summer a passenger ferry is also available which runs directly from the mainland to Craighouse.

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The village of Craighouse, Isle of Jura

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View from Small Isles House

Craighouse

The village of Craighouse, on the island’s east coast, is the main centre of population. The island’s excellent hotel (The Jura Hotel) which serves good bar food is located here, along with the well-stocked shop at the Post Office (Jura Stores) a small museum of island life and the Isle of Jura distillery which also has a gift shop and offers frequent distillery tours. Other facilities on the island include a GP, District Nurse, Mobile Library, Mobile Bank and Service Point with public Internet access.
Trout fishing can be enjoyed on Jura and Deer Stalking is also available through the various Estates.
Islay, the neighbouring island boasts a host of attractions. Bowmore is the island’s “capital” and offers excellent shopping facilities (supermarket, butchers, chemist, gift shops etc.) along with a Tourist Information Centre and Indoor Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre. Islay’s many attractions include the numerous famous Malt Whisky distilleries such as Lagavulin, Laphroig, Bowmore and Ardberg which offer tours and Cafe/restaurant facilities. Islay also has an excellent golf course, beautiful beaches, museums and churches to explore.
The island is also a fisherman’s paradise with numerous beautiful lochs (some of which are directly accessible by car) offering natural brown trout fishing in lovely surroundings. Most lochs are served with good boats. River fishing for salmon and sea-trout is also available.

Small Isles house is located in Craighouse on Jura within easy walking distance of the Jura Hotel and Jura Stores. The house enjoys a stunning, well sheltered location right by the sea and overlooking Small Isles Bay with its yacht moorings and fishing boats.
Seals and Otters can frequently be seen in the sea pool opposite the house along with swans, shelducks, oyster catchers and many other kinds of birds. What will you add to the list?

Next door but one to Small Isles House is the lovely Parish Church which has a fascinating photographic exibition recording the history of the island. Just by the church is a children’s play area with swings, slides etc. catering for children of all ages.
Beaches: At low tide there is a small beach almost opposite the house – great for the children! A short drive brings you to 2 beautiful beaches, “wee Corran” and “Corran Sands”. Both offer a wide expanse of clean silver sand (great for castle building) and gentle waves for paddling and swimming. The sea is ideal for children as the sand slopes very gently away from the shore and there is a small tidal range. You will often have the whole beach to yourself, even in the middle of summer! For anyone wishing to bring a boat there is a slipway near to the Jura Hotel.

Small Isles House

Small Isles house is located in Craighouse on Jura within easy walking distance of the Jura Hotel and Jura Stores. The house enjoys a stunning, well sheltered location right by the sea and overlooking Small Isles Bay with its yacht moorings and fishing boats.
Small Isles House

Seals and Otters can frequently be seen in the sea pool opposite the house along with swans, shell ducks, oyster catchers and many other kinds of birds. What will you add to the list?!

Next door but one to Small Isles House is the lovely Parish Church which has a fascinating photographic exibition recording the history of the island. Just by the church is a superb children’s play area with swings, slides etc. catering for children of all ages.
Beaches: At low tide there is a small beach opposite the house – great for the children! A short drive brings you to 2 beautiful beaches, “wee Corran” and “Corran Sands”. Both offer a wide expanse of clean silver sand (great for castle building) and gentle waves for paddling and swimming. The sea is ideal for children as the sand slopes very gently away from the shore and there is a small tidal range. You will often have the whole beach to yourself, even in the middle of summer! On Lagg beach (further up the island) you can even pick mussels at low tide and take them home for tea.
For anyone wishing to bring a boat there is an excellent slipway near to the Jura Hotel.

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Small Isles House, Craighouse