Jura is located in the southern Hebridean islands. Although it is one of the larger islands its population is just 196 – it has famously a population of 5000 deer. The island’s population is centred on the village of Craighouse.
Jura is served by a regular ferry from Port Askaig on Islay which makes regular crossings throughout the day. There is a direct passenger ferry from the mainland at Tayvallich in Mid Argyll to Craighouse. This is operated by the local community trust, Jura Development Trust.
The island has its own primary school and children travel to Islay for secondary school education. The main industries on the island are distilling, tourism, stalking and agriculture.
For an overview of the number of housing association properties on Jura, click here
Housing for Sale
Most housing on Jura is privately owned. There are a limited number of houses sold every year and there is often strong demand increasing local house prices.
The Scottish Government promotes initiatives to help first time buyers, but some like the Help to Buy scheme and the MI New Home initiatives are mainly available for new build housing in locations outside of the Hebrides.
Open Market LIFT may be accessible, however access to financial support is currently limited and house price thresholds are low. In Jura, the low threshold means there are few if any houses coming on the market where Open Market LIFT would be relevant. Many islands also have few house sales limiting this option – it is not available for self build.
Islanders may also be able to get help to buy through the Mortgage Guarantee Scheme
Information on houses are currently for sale on Jura can be found here and at the following:
Recent house prices can be viewed here
Private Rented Housing
Information on properties available for rent can be found at the following locations:
HomeArgyll provides detailed information about housing options across Argyll. Click on the logo for their information on Jura. Click here to complete a Home Argyll housing options assessment.