Jura Distillery – Tour Times:
April 1st to October 1st
Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00, Sat 10:00-14:00
Tours Monday to Friday 11:00, 14:00
(advance booking required)
October 1st to April 1st
Monday to Friday 11:00-14:00
Daily tour to be booked in advance
Saturday and Sundays closed
Free admission for standard tour. No children under eight years of age allowed in production areas.
The Campbell’s from Jura built the distillery around 1810. The whisky produced then was peaty from character, which differs considerably from the whisky produced today. The distillery was rebuilt in 1884 and produced 64,000 gallons per year back then. In the early 1900’s the distillery was dismantled and the buildings became a ruin.
Somewhere around 1950 a few people on Jura got together and decided to restart the distillery, creating jobs for the island. The new distillery was built on the same location using some of the old ruined buildings. The distillery finally reopened in 1963 providing jobs for a quater of the mail workforce on the island. The whisky however changed as much as the appearance of the distillery and the taste became less peaty and more of a Highland character.
Alfred Barnard made a journey with some friends in the late 1800s and visited working whisky distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and England. About his journey and distillery visits he wrote a book called The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, describing in great detail and wonderful style the distilleries of that era. It’s a fascinating book and a must have for the true whisky lover. Of course Barnard visited the Isle of Jura Distillery as well. Enjoy reading!
Some of their Bottlings: