Jura Parish Church, Isle of Jura, Scotland

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Last year we visited the Islands of Jura and Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, mainly for the Whisky Festivals.  We stayed on Jura for their Whisky Festival, which was brilliant, even thought the weather was pretty cold, wet and miserable, the whiskey was great.  But this post is about the small church, Jura Parish Church which stands on the inland side of the main road up the eastern coast of Jura at the northern end of the island’s only village, Craighouse. 


A very simple plain church, but has a very calming interior.  Built in 1777 at a cost of £115, this new church, replaced the old parish church which was sited more inland from the coast and less convenient for the villagers of Craighouse.


I found this old photo of the church and it shows how the church has changed over time.  The original church had no seats and no belfry, and according to one report was already in a state of disrepair by the early 1800s. The building was extensively renovated and enlarged in 1842.  The current interior of the church dates back to another refurbishment that took place in 1922.  


The stained glass window in the north east wall was dedicated in 1946 in thanks for the safe return of all but one of the Jura men who went to war. 



The church has wonderful views, overlooking the Small Islands out in the bay.


May 2016

14 Replies to “Jura Parish Church, Isle of Jura, Scotland”

  1. That’s a charming little church. If it had a white steeple it would look like thousands of country churches in the US. The window is marvelous! 🙂

    1. Yes it does look a lot like your white country churches, I had a lovely time taking photos of them, they are all slightly different and in the most wonderful locations like this one 🙂 The window had light streaming through it and made it glow 🙂

      1. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they would come up with a camera that could catch that. Even in movies they have to depend on special effects.

      2. Yes, it would be wonderful to be able to capture it, sometimes you can get the lovely colour shadows on the walls, but its still not the same. Even in the photo you can’t see how nice it was.

  2. Now,Lynne.. you know your not suppose to have whiskey and a church in the same post!😳😂 love the little church ,and the view out the window would have me sitting in one of the pews for a long time! Love what the stain glass stands for.

    1. Ha ha, well it is made of pure water 🙂 Its a lovely little church and the location is beautiful, although I am sure today with storm Doris blowing a gale up there its not very pleasant. I too, liked the thought behind the window 🙂

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