From Port Askaig Islay to Feolin by car ferry
To get to Jura, the majority of people will require a visit to the neighbouring Isle of Islay, separated from Jura by the half mile wide stretch of water known as the Sound of Islay, famous for its strong currents. The ferry between the two islands runs from Port Askaig, on the east coast of Islay, to Feolin, in the south-west corner of Jura. From Port Askaig the Jura ferries runs at approx a 30 to 60min interval daily from 7.30am till 6.30pm. Booking is not required, a stop at the local petrol station however is recommended if travelling by car. The costs are around £16 return for car and passengers. More information and a timetable is available on the Jura Ferry Information Page
From Tayvallich on the mainland to Craighouse Jura under one hour!
The Jura passenger ferry operates from the mainland (Tayvallich) to Craighouse, the Stone pier near Jura Stores. The timetable allows for good connections to Oban and Glasgow on certain days. The ferry service is operational from April to September. Fares for a single journey are £20. For bookings call +44(0)7768 450000 or email islaySeaSafari@aol.com. For more information, public transport, port information and timetables visit www.jurapassengerferry.com
To Islay By Car from Glasgow:
This journey should take about two and a half to three hours, depending on the amount of stops, and is a very scenic drive. Take the A82 from Glasgow towards Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Next take the A83 near Tarbet passing Rest and be Thankful towards the lovely town of Inveraray. Continue on the A83 following the shore line of Loch Fyne towards Lochilphead and finally Kennacraig. The Kennacraig ferry terminal is located only 4 miles outside Tarbert, a picturesque little town and port. The ferry terminal is easily missed but it’s clearly signposted.
To Islay By Bus from Glasgow:
A daily bus service operates from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station by West Coast Motors making a connection with the ferry at Kennacraig. For schedule information, contact the Travel Centre at Buchanan Street Bus Station +44 (0)141 332 7133 www.citylink.co.uk
The Ferry from Kennacraig to Islay:
Caledonian MacBrayne operate the two hour crossing which runs twice daily throughout the year, once on Sundays, with additional sailings during the summer season. Ferries arrive eather in Port Askaig or Port Ellen depending on the timetable and weather conditions. It’s advisable to book ferries in advance, specially in the summer season. The website from Caledonian MacBrayne also called Calmac you will find information regarding timetables and bookings.
By Air from Glasgow to Islay:
British Airways run a 35 minute scheduled service, Monday – Saturday from Glasgow Airport to Islay, in the morning and afternoon. This is the quickest way and can provide spectacular views of the islands and Kintyre. This service is operated by Loganair. For information on schedules, contact British Airways at Glasgow +44 (0)141 887 1111 or Islay Airport +44 (0)1496 302022. To make bookings contact 0870 850 9850 or Islay Airport +44 (0)1496 302022. The timetable is also available online as well as bookings on www.ba.com
Garelochhead Coaches is running a local bus service. The 456 line is operated Monday to Saturday between Feolin ferry terminal, Craighouse, Knockrome, Lagg and Inverlussa. Please note that the early run on school holidays and Saturdays only operates by request by calling 01436 810200 no later than 2000hrs the evening before. For the latest timetable click here or visit the website at www.garelochheadcoaches.co.uk
To visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool only a spectacular trip can be made by Loch Lomond Cruises who operate sea-planes from Glasgow. For more information visit their website at: www.lochlomondseaplanes.com. There are more wildlife trips and sea tours available from other operators on the Southern Hebridean Islands. For an overview please visit the Wildlife Tours and Boat Trips page