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.