Jura and Colonsay
Things to See and Do on Islay Holidays…
Both Jura and Colonsay/Oransay are easily reached by ferry and are well worth the visit for a day.
Jura Ferry runs from early morning until evening and the crossing from Port Askaig to Feolin takes ten minutes, carrying both cars and foot passengers. The timetable is included in the Calmac listing or contact 01496 840681 for more details. There is a further passenger ferry run by RIB from Craighouse in summer to the mainland.
Craighouse is the main village and the home to Jura whisky, where tours and tastings are available. For lunch, there is the Jura Hotel with a beer garden overlooking Small Isles Bay to the front. www.jurahotel.co.uk
As an alternative, Antlers Restaurant further along the main Street serves a selection of delicious fresh seafood.
Just past Craighouse, the old church has a very interesting small museum and photographs of old Jura in an upstairs gallery to help you delve further into the past.
There are lots of excellent walking routes, including the famous Paps of Jura and several less arduous routes where you will see lots of deer and wildlife including several pairs of Golden Eagles.
Colonsay can also be reached by Calmac ferries as it passes on the way to Oban twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Leaving from Port Askaig, it gives about six hours so is better for a mini break from Islay.
The island can be walked around easily in the day or you can hire cycles from the pier and explore off the beaten track. It is beest to book in advance at Charlie’s Cycles by calling 01951 200355. www.colonsaycottage.co.uk/bike-hire.html
Kiloran Beach is worth a visit as it is extremely beautiful. On the way, visit Colonsay House Gardens where there is a small tearoom with excellent home baking.
Oronsay and its’ Priory is a great experience but they are only accessible at low tide by walking across the strand. The island can be reached for about two hours either side of low water. Oronsay is also a RSPB reserve and home to a growing number of Corncrakes.
So add this to your list of things to do on Islay when you visit! If you want to find out more then get in touch with us here on 01496 850382 or email us here. We offer fabulous Islay accommodation to with a choice of properties to choose from if you have not already booked. Get in touch today… we would be delighted to hear from you.