During our last trip to Jura, in May 2010, we had beautiful weather and on such lovely spring days a visit to Jura House Gardens on the Ardfin Estate is highly recommended. When the Campbells of Jura built Jura House and its adjacent walled garden, they picked a lovely spot on its south shore with beautiful views and shelter in mind. Also its south facing, sloping position favours a good growing climate. The garden was designed as a Victorian Kitchen garden with boxwood hedges, a rose garden, vegetables and fruit trees against the walls, now one of few remaining, active walled gardens.
The walled garden next to Jura House is usually open although at this very moment the garden is closed. This has probably got something to do with the fact that the Ardfin Estate has recently been sold. A quote from the ForArgyll website: “The 12,000 acre Ardfin Estate on the Isle of Jura – on the market following the death of its owner Tony Riley-Smith, has been sold to Greg Coffeyy, a 39 year–old Australian hedge fund manager whose city performance has got him nicknamed The Wizard of Oz.” Let’s hope the new owner will keep the garden open and to show you how beautiful the garden is, I have created a new image gallery of the walled garden.