Things to Do

Things to do on Jura when you visit

Jura’s unpretentious beauty makes it a magical place. And there are plenty of things to do on when you visit where you can experience this magic! Although it is only 5 miles off the west coast of Scotland, Jura has retained its rare feeling of remoteness. With around 230 residents, at the last count, a single-track road and a visible yet welcome lack of commercial activity it is a place to escape the hustle and bustle of life. But that does not mean there is a lack of things to do! There is ample to explore all while immersing yourself in this glorious and peaceful island.

Our wildlife

‘Jura’ originates from the Norse word for deer, of which 6000 or so freely roam the island. As well as red deer, otters, wild goats, seals, sea eagles, golden eagles and many other species of birds and animals are regularly spotted. And this is an activity you can partake in at your own leisure. No matter where you are on the island you will certainly come across some of our natives.

Experience the outdoors

From the picturesque and challenging Paps to the raised beaches of Loch Tarbert; from the dangerous Corryvreckan whirlpool to safe swimming at Corran Sands: if you love fresh air and the outdoors you will feel at home on Jura.

An Island of Many Stories

The Isle of Jura is where George Orwell sought solitude to write ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and, more bizarrely, where acid house band KLF burned a million dollars. These days it’s home to the popular Jura Fells Race (at the end of May), the unmissable Jura Music Festival (in September), the eponymous whisky and quite possibly the best gin on the market. And more recently more top-quality drink brands have launched. Deer Island Rum and Jura Brewery’s Laughing Stag Pale Ale are both happily propping up the bar in the Jura Pub.

So many things to do on Jura but where to stay?

If you are planning a trip to our magical island then you may be looking for somewhere to stay. Here at the Jura Hotel we offer cosy and homely accommodation in the village of Craighouse. After a day exploring all the things to do here, come back and relax with a glass of your favourite tiple in our quaint Scottish bar. Or why not enjoy a delicious meal in our lounge? Then head off to your room where you can lay your tired head down and drift off to the sound of the sea. If you want to know more you can contact us online or call us on 01496 820 243. And if you are ready to book then you can book online today. We look forward to welcoming you.

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