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Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Isle of Jura Distillery
PA60 7XT Craighouse Isle of Jura
Argyll Scotland
Phone: +44 1496-820240
Fax: +44 1496-820344
Website Contact Person: Michael Heads

East of Islay on Scotlands west coast, you can spot the Paps of Jura the two mountain tops that dominate the skyline of Jura; one Scotland's most spectacular islands. Below the mountains by the Jura Forest a small harbour house the whitewashed distillery and a hotel facing the rocky islets of Small Isles Bay. Thanks to the mild climate palm trees rustle in the breeze in front of the distillery.

The name Jura has several meanings: two brothers Dih and Rah, island of yew trees, and island of Red Deer. With a population of 180 people and 5000 red deer, I prefers island of Red Deer. The islands remoteness was appreciated by George Orwell who wrote 1984 on the island.

The distillery is now owned by the Whyte & Mackay group. The design of the bottle is allegedly created to remind of the shape of the figure 8, as the first bottling was an eight year old. 


Information about the tour at Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery
Tour in short: A familiarly tour with warmth, humour and anecdotes. Combined with the charm of this remote island its well worth the trip. All the facts, history and drams are there too of course. Check out their excellent website to get into the Jura feeling and read more about your visit.

The Jura Fellowship is a five day course. Willie Tait, master distiller and Micky Heads, distillery manager are delighted to announce the launch of the Jura Fellowship, a residential course for guests to discover hands-on the age old traditions of whisky making on Jura. Contact Jura Distillery or visit the website for more information. 


Information for visiting Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery
Travel Directions:

By car: Get to Islay , then head for Port Askaig where the ferry awaits you for Feolin and Isle of Jura (goes daily, takes 5 minutes, price about 12). Follow the only road (single track) along the coast for 6 miles to Craighouse and the distillery is situated to the left.
By air: You can also fly to Jura with Jura Jet. 
By boat or sailboat: the most beautiful way to get to Jura by far. 


Opening Hours: Visitor centre open all year. Call in advance for opening times and to book a tour.
Price admission: Free.
Shop: Yes with the range of Jura whiskies and other whiskies (from the owner companey), glasses and branded stuff.
Restaurant: No. Jura Hotel nearby.
Parking: No lack of parking here.
Groups: By appointement.
Photography in distillery: Yes, but not in stillroom and filling store.
Foreign visitor support: No.
Disabled access: Ok with helpful staff.

Things of interest regarding Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery
Restaurants nearby: The Jura Hotel.

Things of interest: Jura is a unique island fuelled by whisky. As good as life used to be. One pub, one community working together. Time goes it's own ways. Apart from exploring the island and the distillery it's a great place just to relax. join The Jura Social Club online.
Crinan Classic Boat Festival from 25th - 28th July 2007.
The Jura Regatta - the next Regatta Saturday 4th August 2007.
Jura House Gardens. A microclimate sub-tropical paradise.
Lobster Weekends
Writer Retreat Programme
The Jura Fellowship - five day stay and distilling course.

Bed & breakfast and hotels nearby: The Jura Lodge allows you to stay in comfort and charm.
The Jura Hotel.


The whisky from Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery
Tasting notes: Jura (14 yo 43%) Light, fruity, smooth, oily, seasidey and piney.

The production at Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery
Malt and malting: Lightly peated from various maltsters.
Distilling and the stills: Washstills: 2. Spiritstills: 2.
Watersource: Market Loch (Bhaille Mharghaidh).
Barrels and casks: Bourbon and sherry.
Bond and Warehousing: Racked warehouse on site.
Mashing and fermentation: Mashtun: 1, stainless steel. Washbacks: 6, stainless steel.
Owner: Whyte & MacKay.

The history of Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery
History of the distillery: Laird Archibald Campbell built the distillery in the early 1800s near a cave where illegal distilling had been carried on possibly from the 1600s. The whisky produced then was characteristic peaty malt. It was leased to James Ferguson in 1875 and rebuilt in 1884. In the early 1900s the Fergusons left the distillery to become a ruin. As we know it was not the end to whisky making on Jura, in the 1950s Robin Fletcher owner of Ardlussa Estate and Riley-Smith owner of Jura House built the new distillery, designed by Delme-Evans, on the site of the old ruined one. Production of lightly peated Highland-type malt, set it apart from the typically peaty stuff from its neighbour Islay. In 1963 the distillery employed a quarter of the male workforce on the Island.

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