This evening, I am posting information on Jura Distillery which is located on the Isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides, off the West Coast of Scotland.
To reach Jura normally entails a ferry trip from Kennacraig on the Scottish mainland to the island of Islay and then another (short) ferry trip from Port Askaig on Islay to Jura.
Jura has just a few hundred inhabitants based on main settlement at Craighouse. At Craighouse can be found the distillery which has a lineage dating back to 1810. However, the site was moribund between 1901 and 1960 when activity recommenced under ownership of Charles Mackinlay & Co. Ownership now rests with Emperadour Inc of the Philippines through Whyte & Mackay.
Capacity at Jura is 2.2m litres p.a.with the brand ranking as number 13 in terms of Scottish single malt sales.Most of the production is directed towards the single malt market with the ten-year old ranking as flagship product.Most of the output is unpeated with other malts in the range comprising:
Here is post from Nov 16th 2015 which was delayed due to technical reasons.
Conscious of last night’s heavy storm and gales we embarked on today’s trip with some trepidation in event the ferry crossing to Jura was cancelled.
We departed Port Ellen, Islay after breakfast and drove towards Bowmore stopping for a photo of the island’s Airport en-route.
Islay Airport, Scotland
On arrival at Bowmore we shopped and availed of photo opportunities in the ever-changing light conditions.
Main Street, Bowmore, Islay, Scotland
Bowmore Distillery, Islay, Scotland
Paps of Jura from Bowmore, Islay, Hebrides
Clouds over Bowmore, Islay, Scotland
Next, we drove through Bridgend and then turned left towards Port Charlotte in order to photograph a single prehistoric standing stone standing upright in a field near the sea. This stone has probably been in situ since first erected around 3000 BC-2000 BC.
Prehistoric Standing Stone near Bridgend, Islay
Next, we returned to Bridgend and then left to Port Askaig where we availed of some refreshments before connecting with the short ferry crossing to Jura.
Paps of Jura from Port Askaig, Islay
On arrival on Jura we followed the single track road down to the principal community of Craighouse and then through the village for a few miles before returning for lunch at the Jura Hotel from where we witnessed a vibrant rainbow.
Video clip of coastal drive from Feolin to Craighouse
Jura coastline near Feolin
Paps of Jura, Hebrides, Scotland
Waterfall, Jura, Scotland
Craighouse, Jura, Scotland
Rainbow over Small Isles viewed from Craighouse, Jura
Next, we walked across the road to join the 2.00pm tour of Jura Distillery. Although having a lineage dating back to the early 19th century the current buildings date from the 1960s. Here, we were escorted around the production process from malting and mashing to fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in Â a tasting.
Jura single malt
Video clip of washbacks at Jura Distillery
Whisky stills at Jura Distillery, Scotland
Following the Distillery tour we returned to the ferry port to catch the 3.15 pm ferry back to Port Askaig and then returned across Islay to our base in Port Ellen.
Looking back on the day, we experienced, sunshine, showers, heavy rain and strong winds. In addition to the varied scenery we saw herons, swans, a huge flock of Canada Geese and ducks.
Tomorrow, we catch the early ferry back to Kennacraig and then on to Glasgow.