Your questions answered
Have a question about walking with Jura Guided?
Check out these frequently asked questions to see if yours is covered. If you can’t find the answer you need, feel free to reach out.
I don't have a car. Can you provide transport?
That’s no problem at all. I can pick you up from Feolin Ferry, Craighouse, Three Arch Bridge or another point on the island, and drop you back afterwards. My car has room for 3–4 passengers. I can also help you arrange convenient travel using island taxi services.
What do I need to bring with me?
I recommend you bring with you:
- Sturdy, comfortable walking boots or trainers
- A waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Some sort of fleece for layering – even on sunny days, you might be glad of an extra layer if you stop to have your lunch or a snack
- Plenty of water to keep you energised and hydrated
- Snacks, and a packed lunch for full days (you can either bring your own or I can provide packed lunches)
- A camera to capture some incredible memories!
Here’s what I’ll bring with me (so you don’t have to):
- A basic first aid kit in case of minor injuries or accidents
- Extra layers in case anyone needs spares
- Spare water for anyone who needs it
- Smidge to stop the midges bothering us
- Sunscreen for those glorious Hebridean sunny days
- Binoculars for spotting eagles or other wildlife (I have 2–3 pairs you can borrow)
- A head torch for the unlikely event we’re out in the dark
- Foil blankets and whistles in case of an emergency
What should I wear on my feet?
If we’re walking on a track, comfortable walking trainers are fine. If we’re heading into the hills or off-track, I’d suggest walking boots for better ankle support.
What happens if the weather is too bad to walk?
Unfortunately, the conditions are not always suitable for walking. If this happens, I’ll be as flexible as I can to reschedule your walk to another day (if you’re on Jura for a few days) or suggest alternatives. But don’t worry, you won’t be charged if we don’t go out walking.
Can you provide a packed lunch?
As long as I have enough notice, I can organise packed lunches from The Island Bakehouse – a local island business – with homemade bread, etc. There’s nothing better than a hearty homemade sandwich after a walk in Jura’s elements! Please let me know you’d like this when you book.
What wildlife will I see?
Theres a chance of seeing red deer, stags, wild goats, adders, golden eagles, sea eagles, otters, seals and white hares. Obviously, I can’t guarantee any sightings, but I do know the areas where we’re most likely to see each.
If you’d like to do a walk specially around spotting a particular type of wildlife, this is certainly something we can do, so just let me know when you book.
Can I bring my dog?
I love dogs and am happy for them to walk with us. That being said, some of the walks may be unsuitable for dogs, so it’s best to check with me before you book.
Can I bring my child?
It’s absolutely fine for your child/children to join us, as long as the walk is suitable for them. I can advise you on this when you book. There are lots of walks we can do that are fun for kids, and others they might get a bit bored on. If you’re looking for a family-friendly walk, I can tailor your walk so that it’s fun for kids and adults.
Do you offer wild camping?
Not yet, but it’s something I’m working on. There’s nothing quite like camping under a starry Jura sky and immersing yourself in folk stories and music round a campfire.
Do I need to be fit?
There are lots of walks we can do to suit all abilities. For most walks on Jura, you only need a moderate level of fitness, and they are just as rewarding as the bigger walks. If you want to do the Paps or a more challenging hill walk, you’ll need decent fitness.
How many people can I book for?
I can provide guided walks for individuals through to larger groups. If you have a bigger group, I may bring another guide to ensure you get the best possible experience.