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The Paps of Jura at sunset

Isle of Jura Odyssey - Private 3-day tour (English or German)

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January — December

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Rugged. Secluded. Wild. Heart-achingly beautiful. If there is one island which can distil the spirit of Scotland’s far west into a single place, it is the legend that is the Isle of Jura. Escape the city for a spell of pure Hebridean tranquility!

The Isle of Jura is truly one of the jewels of the romantic Hebrides – one of Europe’s last wildernesses, with mountains, glacier-carved, standing like sentinels for the western seaboard. And red deer – more than fifteen for every person on the island, Scotland’s greatest, pureblooded stags and hinds. But as well as nature at its wildest, Jura is a community too of just over 200 people, and as warm and welcoming a one as you will ever find. Jura’s main village, Craighouse, nestles below the famous Paps of Jura, and is the hub of the island, with Jura’s world-famous whisky distillery, plus the hotel and shop, all within yards of one another. Just up the island’s single road is the gorgeous, tranquil beach of Corran Sands; further yet are the hamlets of Lagg and Tarbert, then the literary legend of Barnhill Cottage, where George Orwell finished his prophetic novel ‘1984’. Finally and most remotely comes the tip of the island, with the whirlpool of Corrievreckan, famed in Gaelic legend.

Our tour begins at your accommodation in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling (or other central belt locations) and uses our luxury hybrid EV sedan, which can accommodate up to four guests. We’ll make our way into the west, stopping for lunch at the beautiful and historic village of Inveraray in Argyll. In the afternoon we’ll continue through Argyll, and can show you sights such as the Hill of Dunadd, ancient seat of the Kings of Dalriada. Or, nature lovers might wish to catch sight of our new beaver colony in Knapdale. Following the lovely Crinan Canal, we’ll turn off to the picturesque village of Tayvallich, from where you’ll make the thrilling crossing direct to Jura, on Nicol Mackinnon’s superb passenger RIB ferry, which seats just 12. (note – ferry runs late March to late September, CalMac ferry option at other times).

You’ll arrive to be met by our friends on Jura, just in time for a hearty dinner before perhaps a walk by the shore and bed at your choice of accommodation.

The Jura section of the tour can be done accompanied (guide bringing the vehicle on the car ferry) or freestyle (guide meets guests back on mainland)

The next day is yours to relax with and do as you please in the tranquillity of Jura. You might wish to tour the distillery and explore the world of single-malt whisky; or perhaps you’ll want to stroll on Corran Sands. You may wish to experience Corrievreckan for yourself on a boat trip; or maybe you’ll want to rent bicycles and pedal up the ‘one road’ to Barnhill or beyond? Or would you like to take a full island tour by private hire, perhaps calling in at remote Ardlussa, where Alicia, Claire and Georgina will show you the secrets of Jura’s new elixir, its wonderful botanic gin? Whatever you choose, busy or relaxed, the unique tranquility of Jura will be seeping into you!

In the evening, Craighouse is again yours, for dinner and who knows, maybe a dram and a tune in the always-lively hotel bar.

The following morning, depending on your wishes, you can be on Nicol’s fast ferry again after breakfast to start your return trip, being met by us at Tayvallich for a relaxed drive back through Argyll, reaching your accommodation in the central belt in the afternoon. Or you can extend your stay on Jura until the late ferry at 5pm, reaching the central belt in the late evening. Alternatively, with the fully-guided tour, you'll be crossing on the scenic Cal-Mac vehicle ferry back to the mainland.

You’ll have a stock of new memories to treasure, and perhaps you might already be planning your next trip to the Hebrides!

Tour Essentials

3 day private tour

Up to 4 guests (3 adults, or family of 4)

Pickup at any central belt location

Ferry Tayvallich-Craighouse in summer season (End March to End September). Outside summer season Cal-Mac ferry from Kennacraig to Port Askaig, connecting ferry to Jura with pickup)

Fully guided and Jura freestyle options.

2 nights’ stay on Isle of Jura – accommodation and activity choices flexible and can be arranged by 7 Hills. Accommodation and activities not inclusive in tour price.

Return trip to guests’ choice of location in central belt.

Fully licensed and insured driver-guides.

This tour can be guided in German by our Associate Guide - Amanda Aikman MA(Hons)

Children welcome but families must supply own booster seats.

 

 

 

Contact details

7 Hills Tours
56 Allan Park Crescent
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH14 1LQ
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre Edinburgh Airport Glasgow Glasgow Airport Glasgow City Centre Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley Stirling Area
Length
3
Days
Transport
Driver guide
Type
Private
Languages
English German
Themes
Adventure Ancestry Family Gin Island Hopping Landscapes Outdoor Activities Walking/Hiking Whisky Wildlife

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Tour company information

7 Hills Tours

7 Hills Tours is a new and imaginative private tour and shore excursion company, run by local family physician and Edinburgh native Dr Moray Grigor. Touring in a luxury and eco-friendly hybrid vehicle, we open up Edinburgh and Scotland along a myriad of fascinating planes for the guest to see and enjoy. Plus, within Edinburgh, we also offer memorable Old Town walking tours. Vehicle tours include free pickup and dropoff at your choice of location. Our vehicle can accommodate up to three adults or a family of four; for larger groups of up to 18 guests, bigger vehicles can be arranged.

Opening times

Mon-Fri 0800-1700
Outside these hours as arranged for private tours.

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