Wednesday 4 May 2011

Jura announces 'World's First Walkie Talkie Cafe'

We  do not usually print advertorial press releases here on the INHT blog - but the opportunity to bring you this is just too good to pass up...

A 'World First' for Jura?

Is Tea On The Beach the world’s only walkie-talkie café? Situated at Jura’s wild and beautiful north end, Tea On The Beach operates daily at Inverlussa Bay. Teas, home-made cakes, fresh coffee and cold soft drinks are on the menu and are delivered to you to enjoy on the beach. A busy season last year, with visitors from near and far (“Best cuppa anywhere”; “Fantastic chocolate brownie”) has continued in 2011.

The bay at Inverlussa is a gem. The first glimpse of the sea as you approach never fails to thrill, whether it is your first visit, or if you know it intimately. Inverlussa is clearly signed to the right just after crossing the Lussa River, 26 miles from Feolin Ferry.

It is easy to park on the grass by the bay, and you can explore the beach, walk out to the points both to the north and south (keep an eye out for otters), or climb either side of the glen for spectacular views of the mainland and Jura’s coast, hills and mountains. At all but the highest tides there is plenty of room for beach games, sandcastles and rock-pooling; even at high tide there is lots of space on the meadows. The sandy bay shelves gently down, so the beach is wonderfully safe for children to paddle, swim or use their fishing nets.

After the journey and enjoyment of the bay and beach, you will be ready for a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake. Fortunately you don’t have to leave the charms of the beach for your refreshment. Next to the sign for Tea On The Beach you will see a table with a walkie-talkie and menu on it. You can place your order using the two-way-radio (instructions are provided!) and it will be brought to you on the beach. Tea On The Beach is normally open from 11-4.30 on weekdays and 10-5.30 at weekends. If you are making a special trip, do phone to double-check the service is operating as opening hours are flexible (although a self service tea is normally available if the owner isn’t!): 01496 820053.


  1. Beside the lane to the bay is an old cemetery containing the gravestone of Mary McCraine who reputedly lived to the age of 128 years, though the entry in the death register states 118 years. Either age would be among the oldest, if not the oldest, ever recorded in Britain. There are also two gravestones claiming much older ages, so old they are not believable!

  2. Just spent a wonderful day on the Island of Jura. We visited the walkie talkie Cafe where we were greeted by Mrs Kitching who had made beautiful home baking, the carrot cake was utterly delicious. We carried on to Ardlussa gardens which are open for the summer. The children enjoyed playing in their gardens and we went on a short walk around the grounds finding "The Gruffalos Cave" and other exciting things. The views were lovely and there was also plenty of wildlife to be found including swans with 5 sygnets. We were having so much fun we took the last ferry home at 6.30pm.