0.00 km – With your back to the community shop in Jura TURN LEFT and walk towards the distillery ahead on the right.
0.06 km – On reaching the distillery BEAR RIGHT to pass the hotel on your left and ascend out of Craighouse village on the single-track road. Please beware of traffic as there is no pavement – you can stand aside on the grass verges if a car comes along.
1.10 km – TURN RIGHT off the road at the wooden signpost for Market Loch (there’s a small gravel car park on the right-hand side). Continue STRAIGHT ON along the wide gravel track with forestry on your left. Keep an eye out for red deer – they’re very common in this forested area.
2.10 km – BEAR LEFT where the track splits and continue STRAIGHT ON. At the junction, look down to your left and you’ll see a standing stone amongst the trees.
2.30 km – BEAR LEFT where the track splits again and continue to follow the track as it becomes a narrow dirt/grassy path between the heather and ferns. In the summer the path might be difficult to spot as the ferns may be just below waist height.
Continue STRAIGHT ON following the path as it ascends the hillside between the forestry on the right and a small, steep river valley on the left. Take care not to trip on tree roots, or walk too close to the steep drop-off into the river valley when walking on the section of the path.
2.90 km – After steeply ascending continue STRAIGHT ON to pass through a wooden swing gate to leave the forestry behind. Pay attention to the path here as it could be boggy and difficult to spot after a rainy period.
3.20 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON to cross a ~1 m wide peaty stream which cuts the path across the hillside. Take care when crossing not to slip before continuing to ascend on the grassy path on the left-hand side of the rocky outcrop ~15 m ahead. You can see a stone wall on your left-hand side.
3.30 km – The path curves left to join the wall, continue STRAIGHT ON the path keeping the wall on your left and the rocky outcrops on your right. Follow the wall until it ends by the shore of the loch in 400 m. After heavy rain the path here can be particularly boggy.
3.70 km – You are now at the end of the low stone wall at the loch shore. The Market Loch (or Loch a Bhaile-Mhargaidh in Gaelic) is the water source for the Jura whisky distillery. After taking in the view of the loch up the glen retrace your steps back down the path, to track, and finally to the road leading back to Craighouse village.
4.0 km – You may wish to pause here – descending gradually with the outcrops on your left you’ll get great views out over the sea to the mainland on a good day. Continue STRAIGHT ON the path.
4.10 km – As the wall drops off down the hill on your right BEAR LEFT away from the wall over the knoll ahead to continue descending on the grassy path you walked up on. Take care crossing the peaty stream again after passing on the right-hand side of the rocky outcrop in ~20 m.
4.20 km – BEAR LEFT to remain on the higher, less boggy, path descending the hill. Follow the path downhill to reach the top of the steep-cut river valley on the right in 400 m, with the forestry on the left once passing through the wooden swing gate.
4.70 km – Take care not to trip on tree roots, or walk too close to the steep drop-off into the river valley when walking on the section of the path, continue STRAIGHT ON to follow the path.
5.10 km – Follow the path left away from the river and fence to rejoin the track. Shortly after rejoining the track BEAR RIGHT to follow the track, descending gradually, all the way back to the road.
6.30 km – At the T-junction with the road and the small gravel car park on your left TURN LEFT onto the road. Please take care, and beware of traffic, standing aside on the grass verge if a vehicle passes. Follow the road into Craighouse.
7.40 km – After entering Craighouse village on the road finish the route at the T-junction with the white and black painted village signpost in front of the distillery. Now you know where the Jura’s source is you can take a tour of the distillery feeling slightly more informed and enjoy a well-earned dram at the end.