In the small market town of Craighouse, the “capital” of Jura (Diùra is Gaelic Scottish), everything revolves around its distillery, whose tall outline dominates the bay. At the heart of the distillery, guests can stay in a hidden lodge in total comfort. The décor, designed by Bambi Sloan, is a testament to the interior designer’s art of mixing. Hunting trophies adorn the walls, whilst flecked objects from around the United Kingdom bring a warm atmosphere that encourages idleness, gazing out over the forever changing landscape towards the sea through large bay window. An enviable cocoon for any Hebrides VIP.
Islay and Jura are the two most southern islands in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Scantily populated (some 3000 inhabitants on Islay and 200 on Jura), they are world-famous for their distilleries, boasting a total of nine today.
Getting there: there are two daily flights from Glasgow to the tiny Glenegedale Airport. There is also a ferry from Scallasaig on the mainland and Kennacraig on the Kintyre peninsula. Accessing Jura requires taking the ferry at Port Askaig.
Before travelling: www.islayinfo.com bursts with information and photographs of the islands in spring, summer, autumn and winter.