Jura | Ros Gasson


With the Paps of Jura dominating the landscape for miles around and the Corryvrekkan whilrpool at it’s northern tip, Jura cuts an imposing figure. But the island also has lots to offer those who are not keen to climb the mountains or brave the waters. The small community is a hive of creativity with a gallery, craft shop and small-batch, locally run rum and gin distilleries alongside the well known single malt. With 30 deer for every person on Jura, you'll be very unlucky to leave without encountering the local wildlife which also includes otters, eagles, dolphins and wild goats.

Did you know that the Gaelic name for Jura is Diùra?

Famous For

  • Some people know that George Orwell wrote the classic '1984' whilst living at Barnhill in the north of the island, but fewer are aware that he once nearly drowned in the Corryvrekkan Whirlpool which lies between Jura and Scarba.

  • In the 1990s the pop group the KLF travelled to the island and attempted to burn a million pounds in the boathouse at Ardfin. Singed fifty pound notes were found blowing about the beach the following day.

  • The Paps of Jura dominate the horizon and can be seen across the west coast of Argyll and the Inner Hebrides. They may not be Munros but the lack of any paths and the long, boggy walk in makes them a challenging climb.

Ask an Islander

  • The island sports day, held at Ardlussa on the last Saturday in July, is an island institution with events including everything from the sack race to hammer throwing and the hotly-contested relay. Visting athletes of all ages are welcome!

  • Take a wander through Keils and up to the tranquil graveyard, or take the steeper track opposite the shop in Craighouse for fantastic views of Small Isles Bay.

  • Showcase your own musical talent with the outdoor instruments at Corran Sands.


Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Jura development - where to stay

Explore Islay & Jura - Jura accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Jura at the links below

Jura Development Trust

Islay & Jura


Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here


In order to keep our island communities safe during the ongoing pandemic, please check the latest guidance from the Scottish Government about travelling to and around the islands. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

The Jura Development Trust run a seasonal Jura Passenger Ferry between Craighouse on Jura and Tayvallich on the mainland.

Argyll and Bute Council operates a ferry between Feolin on Jura and Port Askaig on Islay, from where it is possible to get flight and ferry connections to the mainland.

Find out more about getting to Islay.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.