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Picture of a walker near Corran Bridge After lunch it was time for our second walk on the Isle of Jura. We drove north just past Corran Bridge (also known as the Three Arched Bridge) where we parked the cars.

This is one of the starting points to the Paps of Jura, walking along Corran River (picture above). But our destination was on the opposite side, we were heading to Knockrome and Ardfernal.

From the road to Knockrome we had fantastic views over Small Isles Bay, glistening in the sun with Craighouse in the distance (picture below).

Picture of a panoramic view over Small Isles Bay
Along the road to Knockrome the photogenic ruin of an overgrown cottage with first glimpses of the Paps of Jura in the background. Once past Knockrome the Paps become a dominant feature in the background, a magnificient view.
Picture of the ruin of a cottage with the Paps of Jura in the background Picture of walkers near Knockrome
After a while we reached Ardfernal. While some rested the more energetic walkers climbed up Ardfernal Hill to enjoy the view over a large part of Jura (and listen to Mike Richardson talking about Jura and the history of the area):
Picture of the panoramic view from Ardfernal Hill
Above a panorama of the view from Ardfernal Hill. Small Isles Bay on the left with Craighouse at the far end. The Paps of Jura in the distance. Ardfernal just below, Knockrome behind it. This view is also available as a QuickTime VR panorama of the view from Ardfernal Hill (700KB download).
Picture of the Isle of Jura distillery
Picture of the tasting room at the Isle of Jura distillery
Picture of the stills at the Isle of Jura distilleryFinally we returned the same way we came to our cars and drove back to Craighouse. Now it was time for a tour of the Isle of Jura Distillery. The group was split into two, as we were too many, before we embarked on a very informative tour of the distillery.

After the tour we had the opportunity to sample a wee dram. I also had a very nice surprise, an early birthday present: In the preview I had mentioned that my birthday was going to be during the Islay Walking Week (My birthday is on the 22nd of April, the Thursday this year).

I'm not entirely sure who knew and who was involved, but I was given a very nice bottle of Isle of Jura Single Malt Whisky. Thank you very much to those involved, you know who you are!

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