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Issue 41 - Isle of Jura to get mainland ferry

Scotland Magazine Issue 41
October 2008

 

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Isle of Jura to get mainland ferry

The island of Jura on Scotland’s west coast will soon have a direct link to the mainland for the first time in more than 30 years.

The last ferry sailed away from Jura in the early 1970s. Until recently a three-hour journey via the neighbouring island of Islay was the only way to get to Jura.

The island’s many attractions, like the rugged peaks of the Paps of Jura, the distillery, its rocky coastline and the infamous Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool are all now only a ferry trip away from the Scottish mainland.

Due to its status as a remote and marginal community, the island has won around £500,000 of public money to set up new facilities in the village of Craighouse, including a tearoom and visitors' centre.

Islanders hope the new facilities and ferry will attract more visitors.

The new ferry will be a large rigid inflatable which can carry a total of 12 passengers.