Coordinates: 55°50′02″N 5°56′56″W / 55.834°N 5.949°W / 55.834; -5.949
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Craighouse from the pier with the Paps of Jura in the background
Craighouse is located in Argyll and Bute
Location within Argyll and Bute
Population113 (1971)
OS grid referenceNR5267
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPA60
Dialling code01496
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55°50′02″N 5°56′56″W / 55.834°N 5.949°W / 55.834; -5.949

Craighouse (Scottish Gaelic: Taigh na Creige[1]) is the main settlement and capital[2] of the Scottish Inner Hebridean island of Jura, in Argyll and Bute. In 1971 it had a population of 113.[3] The village is situated on the sheltered east coast of the island at the southern end of Small Isles Bay.

Since 2007, a passenger-only ferry service between Craighouse and Tayvallich on the Scottish mainland has operated during the summer months.[4] This service was resurrected by the community after several decades without a direct mainland ferry.

Vehicular access to the island now via a small ferry between Feolin on Jura (eight miles or thirteen kilometres south of Craighouse via road) and Port Askaig on neighbouring Islay.

Facilities in Craighouse[edit]

Today Craighouse is the social centre of the island and is home to:

  • Jura Community Shop, (Post Office, provisions, general goods) [5]
  • The Jura Hotel[6]
  • The Antlers Cafe[7]
  • Community run diesel and petrol pumps[8]
  • Whisky Island Gallery (photography) [9]
  • Deer Island Distillery, producing Jura's only rum[10]
  • Camella Crafts (local crafts)
  • Jura Distillery, producer of Isle of Jura Single Malt Whisky
  • Jura Service Point (archives, oral history recordings, photocopying, printing, meeting rooms)[11]
  • Small Isles Primary School[12]
  • Jura Parish Church[13]
  • The Village hall[14]


The name "Craighouse" means "The house by the rock".[15]

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Craighouse". Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Isle of Jura". The Internet Guide to Scotland. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Craighouse". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Jura Passenger Ferry - Isle of Jura Passenger Ferry Service". Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Jura Community Shop – Bùth Dhiùrich".
  6. ^ "The Jura Hotel | Friendly, Island hotel | Isle of Jura, Scotland |". Jura Hotel.
  7. ^ "Jura celebrates opening of new facility". Scottish Community Alliance. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Fuel". Islay and Jura. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  9. ^, Blog site for (21 August 2019). "THE WHISKY ISLAND GALLERY AND STUDIO – BACK IN BUSINESS FROM 03 MAY 2021 !!!".
  10. ^ "Scottish Spiced Rum". Deer-Island.
  11. ^ "Address, contact details and opening hours of Service Point". Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Small Isles Primary School". Argyll and Bute Council. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Jura Parish Church". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Craighouse". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Placenames C-E" (PDF). Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to Craighouse at Wikimedia Commons