Craighouse

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Craighouse
Craighouse from the pier - geograph.org.uk - 755742.jpg
Craighouse from the pier with the Paps of Jura in the background
Craighouse is located in Argyll and Bute
Craighouse
Craighouse
Location within Argyll and Bute
Population113 (1971)
OS grid referenceNR5267
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townISLE OF JURA
Postcode districtPA60
Dialling code01496
PoliceScotland
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
UK
Scotland
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 (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.

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.[4]

Facilities in Craighouse[edit]

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[5]
  • The Antlers Bistro Restaurant[6]
  • Jura Community Shop, (Post Office, provisions, general goods) [7]
  • Diesel and Petrol pumps[8]
  • Small Isles Primary School[9]
  • Jura Parish Church[10]
  • The Village hall.[11]

History[edit]

The name "Craighouse" means "The house by the rock".[12]

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Craighouse". Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba. Retrieved 3 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Isle of Jura". The Internet Guide to Scotland. Retrieved 7 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Craighouse". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 19 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.jurahotel.co.uk/
  6. ^ "Jura celebrates opening of new facility". Scottish Community Alliance. Retrieved 3 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ https://juracommunityshop.co.uk/
  8. ^ "Fuel". Islay and Jura. Retrieved 3 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Small Isles Primary School". Argyll and Bute Council. Retrieved 3 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Jura Parish Church". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Craighouse". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Placenames C-E" (PDF). Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)