5 days – Isle of Jura

  • Isle of Jura (2 days)
  • Islay (1 day)
  • West Lothian and the Highlands (1 day)

Landing at Edinburgh and take a drive to Tarbert along the A83 to take the ferries (www.calmac.co.uk) to Jura Island (1 day)

Isle of Jura (2 days)

Welcome to Jura, a remote island off the West Coast of Scotland. Only 60 miles from the mainland yet it feels like an entire world away; an ancient landscape of wild mountains, peaceful lochs and stormy seas.

The Wild Island: With just one road, one pub, one distillery and a very distinct micro-climate, it’s not an easy place to make whisky but I believe it’s the best.

The unique character and geomorphology of Jura attract walkers, artists, nature lovers and whisky enthusiasts from all over the world. When I first visited the island in the summer of 1999 I fell instantly and profoundly in love. So began a long-distance relationship that brought me back many times over the following years. Eventually I decided to come and live on this beautiful and mysterious island in 2006. Now more than ever I continue my explorations even deeper into Jura’s wild magnificent hinterland – always with a camera at the ready

Konrad Borkowski – https://ikon.smugmug.com/

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this visitJura Distillery: Originally established in 1810, our distillery was reborn in 1963 and with it a local community was revived. We could tell you all about it here, but nothing quite beats discovering our island home for yourself. We welcome visitors all year round, but please book in advance if you would like to to join a tour. www.jurawhisky.com

Many hikes, including the hike near Loch Tarbert, a loch almost 10km long, located in the center of the island, which would cut the island almost in 2. Take 3 hours of round trip to discover its beaches, caves and reach the Cruib hill, before returning to the road and the hamlet of Tarbert. For the bravest, go till the corryvreckan whirlpool.

Market Loch (2 hours):  The loch is the source of the Jura Whisky distillery !!! walk description on https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/islay-jura/market-loch.shtml

Corran sands and river circuit: Corran Sands is a beautiful sweep of shell sand around a lovely bay – probably the finest beach on Jura. This circular walk explores the beach before returning on a muddier path by the Corran river. https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/islay-jura/corran-sands.shtml

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this hostJura Hotel: is the perfect spot from which to explore the magical island of Jura, in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. The hotel has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

https://www.jurahotel.co.uk/

Lussa Gin: is an expression of our landscape on the Isle of Jura off Scotland’s wild west coast. For us that means growing, gathering and distilling local botanicals. They say location is everything, and luckily for them, their distillery is slap bang in the middle of all the botanicals that we need. They make Lussa Gin at Ardlussa, at the north end of Jura. https://www.lussagin.com/

Islay (1 day)

Known as “The Queen of the Hebrides“, in reference to its famous whiskeys with a characteristic peat taste. there are still 8 distilleries operating on the island, all very famous. the ornithological richness of the loch Gruinard nature reserve, the beauty of its beaches and the warm welcome of the population are all invitations to go there! But do not expect to visit more than 2 distilleries in a day.

Distilleries: Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Port Charlotte

Coup de coeurWe recommend you this visitKilchoman: Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years. The distillery was founded in 2005 by Anthony Wills and is Islay’s only farm distillery, producing Single Farm Single Malt. Kilchoman is one of the few whisky distilleries in Scotland to remain independent.

They are Islay’s Farm Distillery. Here on the remote Island of Islay we distil Scotland’s only Single Farm Single Malt, hand-crafted from barley grown in the surrounding fields and malted on site.

https://kilchomandistillery.com/

Bowmore village: after having visited the white church, please have your lunch at The Lochside restaurant which offers an awesome panoramic view

Caol Ila: The view across the water from Caol Ila of the Paps of Jura is just awesome!!

West Lothian and the Highlands (1 day)

Tarbert: unfolds gracefully around a loch Fyne cove, closed by an islet and leaning against the tip of the loch Tarbert notch. The complete circus of the port, surmounted by the ruins of a castle, lacks neither charm nor originality with the steeple of its rocket-like church.

Whether you are stopping over on business, just passing through – perhaps on the whisky tours of the islands of Islay, Jura, Gigha or Arran, or you just plan to use the studio as a base to explore the village of Tarbert and surrounding areas, we are confident Cuillins has everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

https://www.cuillins.co.uk/

Inveraray (castle): Former royal town and capital of the Dukes of Argyll since 15th century

Tarbet & Arrochar: 2 small villages, one on Loch Lomond, the other on Loch Long, which crystallize the beauty of the surroundings.

Luss: The most charming village on the western shore of loch Lomond.

Stirling is a city in central Scotland. At the heart of its old town, medieval Stirling Castle is on a craggy volcanic rock. On the Abbey Craig outcrop, the National Wallace Monument is a 19th-century tower. It overlooks the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace defeated the English

The kelpies: are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area  Wikipedia

Linlithgow: Linlithgow Palace & Blackness Castle

South queensferry: Forth Rail Bridge/ Forth Road Bridge. This is where the 2 spectacular bridges cross the Firth of Forth. The city commissioned the world’s first ferryboat. The main street (High Street) retains all its charm, lined with cobblestones and lined with pretty old houses like fishermen’s cottages overlooking the river.

Haggis: Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and cooked while traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach though now often in an artificial casing instead. Wikipedia