On our trip to Jura in 2016, the ferry from Islay, docked at Feolin and then we drove to Craighouse, the main settlement on Jura. We were travelling to Jura for the Whisky Festival, but we also wanted to explore a little of the Island, which is beautiful, wild and remote. This post is the trip to Craighouse and then a few of the harbour, there are a few islands in the harbour and collectively they are called The Small Isles. The weather wasn’t that great, it started fine, but progressed to brolly and mac, in a very short time, but it was still very beautiful. More to follow.
In two days, we are going to Scotland for our May holiday, but this year we are going for eighteen days. We have never been away from home this long before, and have lots of things planned, but I have a horrible feeling the weather is not going to be as nice this year, as it was last year. We have been very lucky in the past, so fingers crossed we get a few rain free days 🙂 I still have lots of photos from last year, but I shall just keep posting them. I found this milestone in 2016 (I collect photos of milestones and have a category for them) at Craighouse, the only main settlement on the Isle of Jura. I think it says Craighouse one mile to the Ferry, until thirty years ago you could catch a car ferry direct from the mainland, but now there is only the car ferry from Islay. There is small high speed ferry from the mainland for foot passengers, so the milepost could be of use again. But this post is really where the sign is positioned, just look at that view, beautiful.
When we were driving on the Isle of Islay in May 2016, I kept a look out for abandoned houses, to be truthful, there aren’t that many compared to other islands. This little one is situated on the side of a hill and it was a quick point and press as we passed. I think its Victorian and reminds me of the Fairy Cottage, which is painted blue and white and is on the other side of the Island. Who knows, maybe one day someone will restore this cute little cottage.
When you sail into Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay, you pass Carraig Mhòr Lighthouse in the Sound of Islay, I was hoping it would be a Stevenson Lighthouse to add to my collection, but it’s not. The light was established in 1928 and that’s all I can find out about it at the moment, but its one for the ‘Lighthouse Collection’ and as always, they are all set in spectacular scenery.
To continue on with our journey after visiting Tarbert, in 2016, we caught the ferry from Kennecraig to Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. The weather was perfect and it felt like a mini cruise, especially as we had a fish & chip supper on board. We landed at Port Askaig and our hotel was a stones throw away from the terminal. We settled in at the hotel and after exploring Port Askaig, which didn’t take long, we visited the bar of the hotel. We had come to Islay and Jura, for the Whisky Festivals. So to get into the swing of it, we had a few drinks in the bar and got to met fellow Whiskey drinkers……they were quite of few……this is something that is taken very seriously, note books came out and drinks ticked off. The next day we caught the ferry to Jura, on the smaller blue ferry you can see in the photos. We were now on our way to Jura’s Whisky Festival and to explore this wild and rugged island…….more to follow.