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

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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; -5.949Coordinates: 55°50′02″N 5°56′56″W / 55.834°N 5.949°W / 55.834; -5.949

Craighouse was once served by a direct ferry from the mainland which berthed at Craighouse pier. This service was terminated some years ago, and access is now via an 8-mile (13-kilometre) single-track road from Feolin on Jura's south west coast, where there is a small vehicle ferry to the neighbouring island of Islay. However, since 2007 a passengers-only ferry service to Craighouse has operated during the summer from the village of Tayvallich on the mainland.[3]

Facilities in CraighouseEdit

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

  • Jura Distillery, producer of Isle of Jura Single Malt Whisky
  • The Jura Hotel[4]
  • The Antlers Bistro Restaurant.
  • Jura Community Shop, (Post Office, provisions, general goods) [5]
  • Diesel and Petrol pumps
  • Small business units
  • Small Isles Primary School
  • Jura Parish Church
  • The Service Point
  • The Village hall.


The name "Craighouse" means "The house by the rock".[6]

References and footnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Isle of Jura". The Internet Guide to Scotland. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Craighouse". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "Placenames C-E" (PDF). Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 July 2020.