Safety informationThe route begins and ends with 1 km of walking on quiet single-track road with grassy verges. Please observe the highway code and walk on the right-hand side of the road into oncoming traffic so you are more easily visible. The rest of walk is on wide gravel tracks and dirt/grassy hill paths which can be boggy. Please see the turn by turn directions for safety information as you walk.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Market Loch is quite unassuming nestled amongst the heathery hills overlooking the Sound of Jura, but it is popular with fisherman and, more importantly, is the water source for the Jura distillery.
The distillery is the life-blood of this 30 mile long island with only one village, Craighouse, in which the distillery is distillery is situated. The distillery looks out across the Sound of Jura to the mainland to where you’ll get excellent views on a clear day. The distillery offers 3 types of tour ranging from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, the type of tour is dependent on the day but their basic tour is available from April-Oct Mon-Sat at certain times. Please check their website for more details and to book.
The island’s only village, Craighouse, has a small population and is scattered along the cast of Small Isle Bay. There is a small community shop, church, hotel (with pub and restaurant), all overlooking the bay. It is a popular stop-over point for those sailing around the islands of the west coast, and you may here sailors discussing their travels over a drink in the Jura Hotel of an evening.
Food & Drink
There is nowhere to eat or drink along the way so do bring enough water for the walk. You can stock up on snacks/provisions from the Jura community shop (please see the daily/seasonal shop opening hours or ask at your accommodation). You could also ask your accommodation if they can make you a packed lunch the evening before so it’s ready for you in the morning.
EquipmentThis is a short walk designed for a morning or afternoon walk so a small rucksack with some water, snacks, and some clothing (waterproofs and a spare warm layer) should be sufficient. You may wish to bring walking poles as there are some small stream crossings higher up and after wet weather there may be boggy conditions to navigate. Bear this in mind when choosing your footwear also!
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.