Noun Scottish Gaelic /ˈbo.θən/
cottage, hut, shed
Noun (/ˈdʒʊərə/ JOOR-ə; Scottish Gaelic: Diùra; Scots: Jura)
derived from the Old Norse word Dyrøy meaning "deer island"; an island off the west coast of Scotland. Pop: 240. Area: 147 sq miles.
Bothan Jura is a wee retreat in development, made up of simple huts, a renovated cottage and a shed, on the island of Jura in the Scottish Hebrides.
We bought an abandoned cottage 5 years ago and enough land to be able to build a family home and develop a small business to promote and encourage mental wellness.
With magnificent sea and mountain views Bothan Jura is nestled in the crofting township of Knockrome, only a 10 min walk to the beach at Corran Sands and a 20 min walk to 3 Arch Bridge, the gateway to The Paps.
The retreat is still being developed but we are excited that 'Mrs Leonard's' has been completed and is ready for its first guests.
You can get to Jura via Jura Passenger Ferry from Tayvallich or bring your car via the Calmac ferry to Islay and then get another 'wee ferry' over to Jura. Just let us know if you need picking up from Jura pier and we can pick you up and drop you back down again or leave bikes for you. We are 5km from the pier on Jura.
Mrs Leonard's Cottage
2 night minimum stay
Wood fired hot tub (takes 1.5hrs to heat)
Cold outdoor copper shower
Fire bowl and outdoor seating
Books & games
Shower room with toilet
Double bed downstairs
Open plan living
Loft area with double mattress
Please enquire about bringing a dog, the cottage is on a croft with livestock roaming free and we have strict rules.
2 baskets of logs included, £10 a basket after this (you are welcome to bring your own)
We want you to get the best out of Jura and your stay here. We have bikes, a kayak, a large star gazing telescope all of which you can borrow. We can also help you hire bikes, get a guide, plan a hike, go on a boat trip, so please just ask. Walk, run, swim, cycle, SUP, kayak, bird watch then relax & unwind, Bothan Jura is the perfect base & getaway for your short stay on Jura.
Let us know if you would like fresh baked goodies from The Island Bakehouse or fresh seafood, fish or groceries to be at the cottage ready for your arrival, we will do our best to help you get this sorted. And if we're here, and given notice, we can have the hot tub up to temperature for your arrival too!
We have planted 140 trees and are slowly clearing the site after years of construction, so please bear with us that it's not completely finished. The land will take some time to grow and heal again after the disruption.
THE ULTIMATE 'STAYCATION' FOR LOCALS!
Why not come for a couple of nights to unwind and re-set, even if you live here on Jura or Islay!! Locals rate available, just get in touch!!
GIVE A GIFT
If you would like to give someone a special treat, why not give them a voucher to book a few nights of star gazing from a hot tub on Jura. 2 night minimum stay.
Once up and running we will be able to run a few retreats a year with guests staying and participating all on site. The retreats we are interested in running are:
Wim Hof Method (breathwork and cold water exposure from Wim Hof Instructors)
Meditation and yoga
Arts and crafts
Foraging & fermentation
The site will be available to rent as a whole from next year, and we can help facilitate anything anyone wants to learn, do, make or teach! Please get in touch if you are a teacher / instructor and have an idea for a retreat to run.
We will be able to accommodate one facilitator /instructor and up to 8 guests / participants. The use of the front of the shed space will be in available for workshops / food / gathering space. The shed is large enough for 8 yoga mats, there is a multi-use games table with a pool table, table tennis and air hockey. There is a climbing wall, telescope, meditation cushions, a coffee machine and lots and lots of books. The use of 2 wood fired hot tubs, a cold water plunge pool, a pizza oven and fire bowl.
We have documented the build so far, and there are videos on YouTube of the renovation.
TINY BOUNDARIES FILM
How it all began...
In April 2018 Gijsbert and Gijs from Liberté Tiny Houses drove from The Netherlands to Jura, bringing with them the tiny house studio they had built for us.
They came with two friends, Marnix and Kevin from KLCK Media, who made a film about the journey and of our own journey. They called it Tiny Boundaries.
You can watch the film here: