All of our tours visit the following stops:
'Jura People and Places' photo exhibition - Our first stop gives you and opportunity to view photos of Jura over the last 150 or so years with accompanying descriptions of life on the island, it's people, and places of interest.
Keils crofting township - Travelling inland, we visit Keils where some of the earliest croft houses on Jura sit alongside modern-day working crofts in this small township with beautiful views of Small Isles Bay.
Ancient burial site of Killearnadill - We then take time to wonder amidst the intricately carved gravestones of the Knights Templars, the Campbell mausoleum and the gravestone of Gillour Macraine who is said to have lived 180 years in his own home and died around 1645.
Corran Sands - As we continue north, we reach the site of emmigration for many Diurachs who left their island home in the 1800’s to travel to America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in search of a better life. You can listen online to a poem written by one such emmigrant, Jessie Scott, as she left Jura for North Carolina in 1871 and recited by our own tour guide Alex Dunnachie - Farewell to Jura.
Scenic views of the Paps of Jura, Lowlandmans Bay and Small Isles Bay - Take in the scenery as we head inland to the start of Evans Walk to admire one of the most stunning views of the Paps of Jura along with views over Lowlandman's Bay and Small Isle Bay to Gigha, Arran and the mainland in the distance.
The full island tour also goes on to visit the following stops providing plenty of opportunities to photograph Jura's fantastic coastline, magnificent Red Deer and our many birds of prey (Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, Buzzards, owls, Hen Harriers - we even spotted an Osprey last year).
Lagg drovers road - The full island tour then follows the old drover's road to Lagg, once a busy transport hub where cattle from Jura, Islay and Colonsay departed for the mainland to walk another 100 miles to market in Falkirk. The road above Lagg is over 200 feet above sea level and gives us spectacular coastal views north to Ben Cruachan on the Scottish mainland.
Standing stones - Jura has a number of ancient standing stones, many with their own myths and legends. Visit one of the Tarbert standing stones, often surrounded by Jura's magnificent Red Deer Stags, and look out towards Jura's other ancient burial ground, Kilmhoire.
Stunning views of Loch Tarbert - As we continue on, the road north of Tarbert rises up to provide stunning views of the loch which nearly splts the island in two. Here there are fantastic opportunities to take pictures of one of Europe's last wildernesses.
Red Deer - With 5,000 deer, Jura is the perfect place to see these magnificent animals in their own habitat. The north end of Jura often provides good opportunities close-up with Red Deer and, if we're really lucky, we may also spot some of the island's Golden Eagles or White Tailed Sea Eagles.
Ardlussa - A short visit to Jura's latest venture, the Lussagin Distillery, when open and time allows.
Inverlussa - The picturesque village of Inverlussa, at the mouth of the Lussa River, is a perfect spot for a little beachcombing. We also visit the small village cemetary to view the gravestone of Mary Macraine, decendent of Gillour Macraine (mentioned above).
Tea on the Beach ( Thursdays and Fridays ) - We round off our tour with an opportunity to sample some of Jura's best home baking at Tea on the Beach (the lemon drizzle and Jura whisky fruit cake come highly recommended!) before retracing our route south through the stunning landscape.
Jura Island Tours and Private Hires - Isle of Jura, Argyll, Scotland - 01496 820 314