Jura DistilleryJura Distillery

Founded in 1810
Jura Distillery is located on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides, actually it is really close to the island of Islay.

Jura Distillery was founded in 1810, and got its licence in 1831. It changed various owners until 1876, when the Ferguson family purchased it. In 1901, the family reportedly fell into a conflict with the then Laird of Jura, resulting in the dismantling of the distillery.

In 1962, Scottish & Newcastle Breweries formed Mackinlay-McPherson in order to make the distillery operational and in 1963, Jura was on its feet again. In 1985, it was purchased by Invergordon distillers and in 1993, Whyte & Mackay took the control of the distillery.

The Loch a’Bhaile Mhargadh is the main water source of the distillery. Jura owns 4 stills; 2 wash and 2 spirit stills of 24,500 liters and 15,500 liters of capacity respectively.

Their stills used to be the tallest, until the Glenmorangie Distillery was built. The maltings are sourced from Port Ellen and the peat is from the Isle of Jura.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    Whyte & Mackay Ltd
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Jura Distillery Craighouse Isle of Jura Argyll PA60 7XT United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1496 820385
  • Website
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'Small Isles Distillery' was the name for the distillery when it was first founded in 1810.

The number of stills in the Jura distillery were expanded from two to four, in 1978.
There are hundreds of islands scatered arond the perimeter of the Scottish mainland, but only a handful of them - ArranMullJuraSkye and Orkney - are home to a distillery. 

Island Whiskies are tempered by saline shores, brewing storms and the purply peated moors. But when it comes to flavours, shapeshifting is an island game. Though most Island Whiskies are salted by the sea and you can find plenty of challenging drams full of maritime notes here, some are sweet and herbal.

Thirsty for more? Explore distilleries from the Islands.
Video from Jura
Video transcription
With just one road, one shop, one pub, and one distillery, but over 5,000 red deer, Jura is an island with a unique spirit. An island rich in folklore. Where prophecies, superstitions and the craft of Whisky making have been handed down from generation to generation. Where deep in the hills, the fresh water flows. The elixir that the Juras [SP] has been transforming in defining Whisky for hundreds of years. Tracing its origin back down the centuries, Whisky making runs through this island and its people. From 1810 when the first distillery was built, to 1963 when the distillery was reborn. Brining hope and good fortune back to the island once more.

And when you come to the island, you'll have a wonderful welcome. Sláinte Mhath.

Jura, in a world of its own.

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