Isle of Jura

Jura Whisky Distillery, Isle of Jura, The West Coast of Scotland

 

In May 2016, we visited the Islands of Islay and Jura, for the Whisky Festivals.  We were booked in for the Jura Festival and stayed on the island at the Jura Hotel, next door to the distillery.  I have posted about all the other distilleries that we visited on Islay, but for some reason, I had posted lots about Jura, but not the distillery visit.  It was only when husband asked, had I added it to the ‘Whisky Distillery Category’ …….well the answer was no, so hence the reason I am doing it now…..he doesn’t ask for much, ferrying me around, just a nice meal and a glass, or rather a bottle of whisky for his collection now and again.  It takes two ferries to get to Jura from Oban on the west coast of Scotland.  This trip was in 2016, in 2017 we tried to visit again, but the weather was too rough and the ferry was cancelled.  We tried again this year 2018, and guess what, the ferry was cancelled again due to bad weather, we got our money back, but husband was just a little disappointed, but he did make up for it in some other distilleries.  But back to Jura, the weather wasn’t great, but the whisky was flowing and we had a great time.

We had booked a tasting menu with different whiskies, a trip out on a speed boat drinking whisky with sea spray and tasting beer and whisky that matched each other. 

Husband walking with an air of determination, there’s whisky in them there buildings 🙂

Inside the distillery we were given generous sized samples of the different whiskies and then we made our way to the hotel.  Which is a really nice, comfortable and friendly, so handy for the distillery.

The next day we had the tasting menu and you can see from the photos just how tasty it was.

Later we went out in the speed boat, for more tasting and husband won a bottle of whisky, hence the big smile in one of the photos.

After our sea trip, we went to the shop and husband made some purchases.  I took one of the bottles, I had seen other people getting their bottles signed.  The manager was retiring and both him and the new manager were signing bottles.  I got both and then I noticed the someone else, he was the head buyer, so I asked him to sign my bottle, so I got all three.    

After the signing, it was time to taste some more whisky and beer this time, to see if certain beers complimented the whisky.  So ended a day of lots of food, whisky and beer tasting, we would do it again, if the weather allowed us to 🙂

Just a little history……. The Campbell’s from Jura built the distillery around 1810.  The whisky produced then was a peaty character, which differs considerably from the whisky produced today. The distillery was rebuilt in 1884 and produced 64,000 gallons per year back then.  In the early 1900’s the distillery was dismantled and the buildings became a ruin.  In about 1950, a few people on Jura got together and decided to restart the distillery, creating jobs for the island. The new distillery was built on the same location using some of the old ruined buildings.  The distillery finally reopened in 1963 providing jobs for a quarter of the male workforce on the island.  The whisky however changed as much as the appearance of the distillery and the taste became less peaty and more of a Highland character.

 

Kilearnadil Burial Ground, Isle of Jura, Scotland

On our trip to Jura in 2016, I wanted to find the burial ground of Kilearnadil, I had read that there were quite a few medieval grave stones.  Yes, there are several, but quite worn and at the time of our visit, they were a little over grown with grass.  It was still interesting to visit, as it’s the location of a mausoleum erected to commemorate the Campbell family.  It is also the last resting place of Gillouir MacCraine, said to have kept one hundred and eighty Christmasses in his own house by the time he died in about 1646.  There are also some photos of a standing stone, that I noticed on our way when leaving the island.

A Road Trip On The Isle of Jura, Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Looking back through my photos, I realised that I haven’t really posted much about Jura, an Inner Hebridean Island on the west coast of Scotland, and our trip to the only whisky distillery on the island.  So I thought I better rectify that before our 2018 Scottish holiday, in fact the Jura trip was 2016…..where does time go.  We spent a couple of days on the island, and the first morning before the whisky festival started, we went for a drive from Craighouse, the main settlement which is at the southern end of Small Isle Bay, to see how far we could go on the islands only main road.  We did quite well, but in the end, husband refused to go any further due to the condition of the road, so he said…….but I know, he really just wanted to go back and start tasting the whisky, which is one of his favourites. I will post later about the whisky tasting, and an old burial site I found.  The photos are a record of the drive, with the Paps of Jura, three mountains on the western side of the island, which are always in the background.

Carragh an t-Sruith Lighthouse, Isle of Jura, Scotland

Last year, 2016, we visited the Islands of Islay and Jura off the West Coast of Scotland, we went for the whisky festivals.  This photo is taken from one of the distilleries, I was just taking random shots of the beautiful scenery, when in the distance I saw a white shape.  Right in the centre of the photo you will see a tiny white lighthouse……now, as this will be the nearest that I will ever get to this lighthouse, it’s going in my lighthouse category.  I made a rule in the beginning, that I did’nt have to visit, although it it’s nice to do so, but just photographing the lighthouses would be ok.  I have zoomed in for a close up, it just gives you a general idea of the shape.   

The lighthouse was built in 1960 and is an octagonal cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Not an old light, but what a wonderful location.

 

 

From Feolin Ferry to Craighouse, Isle of Jura, Scotland

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.

May 2016

Romantic Milestone, Isle of Jura, Scotland

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.

May 2016

The Paps of Jura, Scotland

Last year 2016, we had second holiday in Scotland and we visited the Islands of Jura & Islay, Inner Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland.  To get to Jura, you have to first catch a ferry to Islay and then s smaller ferry to Jura.  The first night we stayed on Islay at Port Askaig, before travelling on to Jura, first thing in the morning,  There is not a lot at Port Askaig, but it does have the most wonderful views of the Paps of Jura…..The Paps of Jura are three mountains on the western side of the island of Jura and their highest point is 2,575 feet (785 m).

More on the island to follow.