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Noun  Scottish Gaelic /ˈbo.θən/

cottage, hut, shed


Noun  (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.


a private and safe place where you can be alone

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Bothan Jura Retreat is made up of simple huts, a renovated cottage and a communal shed, on the island of Jura in the Scottish Hebrides. 
















With magnificent sea and mountain views Bothan Jura Retreat 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 set within the vicinity of our family home and is part the crofting community of Knockrome.    We have a dog and 2 cats who might pay a visit, please let us know if this is an issue for you and 2 children (who won't pay you a visit) but whom you might see on the swings and trampoline in our garden.

Getting Here:

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

(sleeps 2)

  • 2 night minimum stay

  • Wood fired hot tub

  • Electric Sauna

  • Cold outdoor copper shower

  • Wood burning stove

  • Shower room with toilet

  • Double bed downstairs

  • 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. (£15 dog charge applies)

  • 2 baskets of logs included one for hot tub, one for log burner, £10 a basket after this (you are welcome to bring your own - wood only)

  • Use of the cold water barrel (3 degrees chilled and filtered all year round)



The Black Hut

(sleeps 2)

  • Full kitchen with oven, hob, fridge

  • Wood burner

  • Shower room with toilet

  • Open plan living

  • Loft area with double mattress

  • Sofabed

We want you to get the best out of Jura and your stay here. 

We can also help you get a walking guide with Grant from, plan a hike, go on a boat trip with Bob Henry, so please just ask.  

Walk, climb, run, swim, cycle, SUP, kayak, bird watch then relax & unwind, Bothan Jura Retreat is the perfect basecamp & getaway for your short stay on Jura. 

Short Term Let Licence
Bothan Jura Retreat Ref: 230916-000017
Licence Pending

Licence applied for 6 people.  2 adults sharing each unit.



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!! 




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:

  • Cold water exposure and breathwork (Wim Hof Instructors)

  • Wild swimming 

  • 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 6 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 will be 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.


Bothan Jura. Retreat


Isle of Jura

Scotland  PA60 7XZ

Mobile: 07876 681 165

Home:  01496 820415

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