The main route to the island is usually via Islay (although a summer only passenger service operates between Jura and the mainland) where a small car ferry leaves from Port Askaig and does the regular 5 min crossing to Feolin on Jura.
From here the island’s only road (single track) follows the east coast and continues for 24 miles to the most northerly hamlet of Ardlussa (home of Lussa Gin!), passing through the main village of Craighouse on the way.
The island’s only shop, hotel, restaurant, distillery, petrol pump, school, doctor, etc are here and is the main hub of the island; Craighouse Bay provides moorings and safe anchorage for the many yachts visiting the island during the summer months.
Although the population is small, Jura’s community is thriving and vibrant with no end to the number of events and activities taking place during the summer: the Fell Race kicks off the summer season and the Music Festival finishes things off at the end of September, with sports day, regatta, 10K, being just a few of the other annual events.
Summer ceilidhs in the village hall are not to be missed – but be warned – they are not for the faint hearted! Have a look at www.juradevelopment.co.uk or www.isleofjura.scot for more information about life on the island.
Just across the water our neighbor, Islay, is much busier with beaches, distilleries (nine of them!), good restaurants plus a challenging 18 hole links golf course being just a few of the attractions on offer – lovely to visit – but better to get back to Jura!