Travel to Jura
Jura struggles to cope with extra traffic on the island. All runners and their families are encouraged to leave vehicles on the mainland. A bike and a tent will only enhance your Jura experience.
Calmac Ferry, Kennacraig to Islay:
There are two Calmac ferry ports on Islay, Port Ellen and Port Askaig. Port Askaig is closest to Jura and where you will get the small ferry from. If you are travelling by bike or foot there is no need to book, Calmac will fit you on and will be expecting lots of bikes.
Port Askaig to Feolin ferry:
This is a short crossing and the ferry will run until everyone is across. No need to book during the day but for the late 21:30 crossing booking is essential.
© Pi Davidson
Jura Passenger Ferry, Tayvallich to Craighouse:
The Jura Passenger Ferry - or Shannick - is managed and operated by Nicol Mackinnon. It has room for 12 passengers and 2 crew.
Book through the Jura Passenger Ferry website here:
© Adam Mitchell
Leaving your car at Tayvallich:
There is parking available in the area across from the village hall or the 'overflow' car park. There is a small fee, £6 a day or £12 a weekend. You can pay online using a QR code or the traditional cash in the honesty box is still there as an option. The hall and carpark are easy to find, just keep driving through the village to the end of the bay. Please be considerate and don't park your car where it may cause an obstruction. The Tayvallich cafe, does a fabulous range of takeaway (or sit-in) food and drink and it is right next to the pontoon. You can phone in a pre-order on 01546 870364 for takeaways.
The only road on Jura is single-track. Cyclists please be considerate to island traffic and pull over to let vehicles pass where appropriate. Be aware that the Jura road condition has seriously deteriorated; watch out for potholes, especially from the ferry to Craighouse.
© Joe Parsons