A Cottage at Tarbert around 1912. This neatly thatched house shows the home of the Darroch family before it was renovated and double storeyed in 1929. Notice the peatstack built against the gable end of the left hand side. The thatch is firmly roped to prevent damage during winter storms. The men of the family worked on the Tarbert Estate as boatmen.
Burnside, Knockrome – This was one of the first schools to be built on Jura. It was erected by the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge and opened on 1st May, 1741. The first schoolmaster was paid £7 per year and he had 20 pupils. In 1841 the school was recorded as having 79 pupils. By 1941 the building had become a dwelling house and is now a ruin.
RMS Pioneer in the Sound of Islay – Launched on 2nd February 1905, the Pioneer was built for the Islay/Jura mail service from West Loch Tarbert and commenced duties in April of that year. She was owned by David MacBrayne and had a gross tonnage of 241. In 1939 she was replaced by the MV Lochiel. After service elsewhere, the Pioneer was finally scrapped in 1958.
Lagg from the Pier 1946 – As well as the pier there is a well-built slip which was used for ferrying cattle. Both the pier and the slip were built about 1814 by Thomas Telford. Lagg was an important village because it was the point from which the ferry sailed to Keills on the mainland and where mail entered and left the island.
The Ferry House at Feolin – At one time the house was lived in by a ferryman. The man in the foreground is carrying a scythe. In later years the Ferry House has been used as a workshop and as a tea-room. It is now a private house part of which has been allocated to a small local history museum.
Kilearnadil Graveyard – The picture shows the graveyard before the extension was built. The Campbell Mausoleum (roofed structure to the right) contains the graves of 11 Campbell lairds. Gillour McCrain, reputed to have ‘spent 180 christmasses in his own house’, is also buried here. Kilearnadil means cell of Eaman, who was Saint Columba’s uncle.