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 quarter of the male 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.
Jura Distillery – Tour Times:
March to October
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 16:30 Sunday: Closed
Tour: Every day 11:00 &14:00, Monday – Saturday
Please book onto the tours in advance to avoid disappointment.
November to February
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 16:00. Tours: 11:00 & 14:00
Daily tour to be booked in advance
Distillery tours are £6. No children under eight years of age allowed in production areas.
Jura distillery offers a number of special tours. For up to date info, prices and how to book please download the current Distillery Leaflet
Some of their Bottlings:
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: Isle of Jura Distillery in the 1880s by Alfred Barnard.