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Because most of the island is accessible only by foot, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring rain gear. The best place for walks is the Jura House Garden and Grounds, at the southern tip. These grounds were laid out by the Victorians to take advantage of the natural beauty of the region, and you can visit the gardens, with their sheltered walks and panoramic views, daily 9am to 5pm. Admission is £2.50 for adults, £1 for children 5 to 16. June to August, it's also the best place on the island to have tea, but only Saturday and Sunday. Call tel. 01496/820-315 for details.

The capital, Craighouse, is hardly more than a hamlet. From Islay, you can take a 5-minute ferry ride to Jura from Port Askaig, docking at the Feolin Ferry berth.

The island's landscape is dominated by the Paps of Jura, which reach a peak of 780m (2,560 ft.) at Beinn-an-Oir. An arm of the sea, Loch Tarbert nearly divides the island, cutting into it for almost 10km (6 miles).

The square tower of Claig Castle, now in ruins, was the stronghold of the MacDonalds, until they were subdued by the Campbells in the 17th century.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.