Welcome to Ruantallain Estate. Ruantallain is a spectacular sporting estate of 20,000 acres lying coast to coast across the middle of the Isle of Jura with Loch Tarbert at its southern boundary. Largely spread across the inaccessible western coast of the island, the estate boasts some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain, much of which can only be reached via boat or on foot. Owned and run by the Bury family since 1984 the estate offers fantastic and unique sporting opportunities for both fishing and stalking parties, as well as an exciting and diverse experience for family holidays.
Expertly managed by head stalker Craig Rozga and Ghillie Scott Muir, the estate offers an exciting range of sporting and wilderness experiences for every kind of taste. As well as excellent stalking there is superb wild brown trout fishing and sea trout fishing on the River Oisdale. For those family parties who like doing a bit of everything, there are also plenty of opportunities for mackerel fishing, lobster potting, musseling, picnics on the beach, trips down the loch or in the hill-machine, or simply just mucking about on the beautiful beach next to the house.
A typical stalking or fishing party comprises up to ten people (minimum party size of six) who travel daily from the lodge down to Loch Tarbert (5 minutes away) where they board the estate sea boat, the Blue Marlin. They travel down the sea loch to a number of bays out on the West coast where there are two hill machines to carry the party either to the stalking set-off point, or to a choice of about fifteen wild brown trout lochs varying in size from 25 to 200 acres. At the end of the day the party re board the Maplin Warrior and after a spectacular trip back down the loch they arrive back at the Lodge to find tea and scones waiting for them, followed later by a three course dinner.
We generally have family holidays available in late July, August and early September. These are full board: Scottish Breakfast, Picnic lunch, tea and three course dinner (drink not included). Two experienced Highlanders will be at your disposal to take you out by boat on the sea loch (Loch Tarbert) and weather permitting, on trips out to sea to explore the coast, fish for mackerel and swim from the beaches. There is excellent brown trout fishing on 25 remote and unspoilt lochs, reached by boat and then hill machines or on foot. You can stalk the wild goats on the West Coast and in late August and early September go for a stag. This is an ideal family holiday to introduce children to the adventure and wildness of the Scottish Highlands and taste a few of the sporting opportunities. For younger children there is an ideal beach close to the lodge (which sleeps up to 12 with 6 double rooms and a single).
Please take a look at the photos of our family and friends in the galleries below and on facebook, to get an idea of the fun they have!
Set in a glorious location on the shore edge, the house offers magnificent views across Tarbert Bay and the Sound of Jura. The modest wooden exterior of the house belies the warm comfort inside where the open plan areas provide spectacular landscape views, as well as cosy wood fires and extremely comfortable furnishings. There is also an adjacent barn with a full sized snooker table. Please click on the images below to view the galleries... and scroll to the left.
The main house sleeps tweleve, in four double rooms, three twins and one single room. There is also a large dining and breakfast room and a spacious sitting room with views over the bay.
For fishing and stalking parties the lodge is provided on a full board basis and there is a full time cook and housekeeper.
For self-catering parties the lodge can be taken for certain weeks of the year with or without a housekeeper.
For fishing and/or stalking enquiries please call Craig Rozga on 01496 820287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For self-catering accommodation and family holidays please email email@example.com
Car ferries operate daily from Kennacraig (about 3 hours drive from Glasgow) to Port Askaig on Islay with a connecting ferry from Islay to Jura which is a short, five minute crossing. Log on to www.calmac.co.uk for details or call 08000 665000. Ruantallain lodge is situated 40 minutes from the ferry along a single track road.
A private charter boat can be hired from Craobh Haven Marina (about 3.5 hours drive from Glasgow) direct to the private pier at Ardlussa for up to 12 people. The journey takes about an hour. Tel: Duncan Philips on 07880 714165 or Lindsay Johnson on 07747 023038.
Alternatively you can hire a boat from Crinan, which takes half an hour. Please contact Sandy on 07789071188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From April to September there is a passenger ferry operating from Tayvallich to Craighouse on Jura. This is the quickest route and takes about 40 minutes. Log on to www.jurapassengerferry.com for details
Flybe fly daily from Glasgow International Airport to Islay. The flight takes half an hour. Log on to www.flybe.com. From the airport there is a bus service to the ferry terminal or try Carol's Cabs on 01496 302155/07775 782155. Or you can hire a car. For further information log on to: www.hial.co.uk/islay-airport