Burnbank Cottage and Jura –
Frequently Asked Questions

Will our mobiles work?

Vodafone has a fairly good signal at the cottage. O2 also has a signal, but it is less reliable. Other networks don’t work at the house, but EE (Orange and T Mobile) has a patchy signal elsewhere on the island.

What about Internet access?

The cottage now has wi-fi, and guests with smartphones, tablets or laptops are welcome to log on without charge. The Jura Service Point has free wi-fi and PCs with public internet access, and is open Mondays – Fridays between 10.00 and 13.00.

Do we need to bring a car?

A car is useful but not absolutely essential. The village shop, hotel etc are within five minutes walk. There is a limited but reliable bus service and there is bike hire locally. See the Getting here page for car hire on Islay, which can be a cost-effective alternative to taking a car on the Calmac ferry.

Do we need to book ferries in advance?

If you plan to bring a car you should book the Calmac ferry to Islay well in advance – it does get fully booked at peak times. The ‘wee ferry’ from Islay to Jura is not bookable, however.

What about food and drink shopping?

If you’re bringing a car, it’s best to stock up on the mainland, and then top up supplies at the Jura Shop or on Islay as necessary. There’s a large Co-op supermarket at Lochgilphead which is convenient for en route shopping. It’s open from 07.00 until 22.00 seven days a week.

Are there any decent beaches?

Will this do?

Is it OK to bring the dog?

We love dogs (we’ve got one ourselves – see right), and a well-behaved dog is welcome, as long it stays downstairs and off the furniture. However, because of the extra wear and tear, and cleaning, we charge an extra £20 for a dog.