First there were merely plans, then the passenger ferry between Craighouse and Tayvallich started and now there is a website. It seems that the whole operation is well embedded into the island community and people probably no longer accept it when the ferry would stop after the trial period of three years. And who can blame them, the awarded ferry service makes the island accessible for visitors and locals alike. A day trip to Jura from the mainland, or vice versa, is now possible with the new passenger service. In former times one had to travel to Islay first and then take another ferry to Jura. It’s like the new website states: “When George Orwell came to Jura to write 1984 he described it as being “an extremely un-gett-able place” …Not any more!” A ferry service is vital for a small community and makes the island attractive for people to live and work on, thus preventing a community from becoming smaller and smaller making it harder for the people to have a life there.
By creating a new website for the Jura ferry the community makes a clear statement: “The Jura passenger service is here to stay”. The website is easy to use and gives information about the boat, the Isle of Jura and most important, up to date timetables and travel information. The ferry service and website is supported by Initiative at the edge. “Initiative at the Edge has now been established since 1998 and in that time it has encouraged and supported a community-led, multi-agency approach to achieving a sustainable future for selected areas designated as the most economically and socially fragile in the Highlands and Islands.”