The mainland Ferry comes to Port Askaig every afternoon in summer and weekdays in winter except Christmas and New Years Day. Just before reaching Port Askaig, Dunlossit House can be seen from the ferry. Port Askaig is the second main ferry port of Islay offering (day)trips to Colonsay and Oban once a week during the summer. Oban is the main hub for all transport links in the west hightlands and islands. The link to Oban is likely to be expanded in the near future because the Scottish Executive are around 50% through of a £7M civil engineering development in Port Askaig which will result in much enhanced berthing facilities for larger ferries and commercial and pleasure craft.
The Isle of Jura ferry runs on approx a 30min to one hour interval daily from 7.30am till 6.30pm from Port Askaig, Sundays from 08:30am. Booking is not required, here it's first comes first served. The costs are around £15 return fare for car and driver, extra for passengers. It is advisable to fill up your car with petrol or diesel at Port Askaig, for services on Jura and Colonsay can be irregular. In earlier days the Isle of Jura ferry was called for by shouting to the other side of the Sound of Islay, which probably only worked during calmer weather.
Isle of Jura Ferry
Port Askaig, located on the shore of the Sound of Islay, is one of the smaller settlements on Islay containing no more than a few houses, a shop, petrol station, the RNLI Lifeboat station and life boat and Port Askaig Hotel. The Sound of Islay is the narrow sea passage between Islay and Jura and the water flows at great speed, pushed in and out by the tides. Because of its sheltered position Port Askaig is sometimes used as an alternative ferry landing for Port Ellen when the weather is rough. Close to Port Askaig and visible from the ferry, is Dunlossit House. This stately house is home to Baron Bruno L Schroder who, together with his sister Charmaine, donated £675,000 to help fund the £1.4 million lifeboat for Islay, contributed in memory of his late father.
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