Paps of Jura from Islay

This evening, I am posting information on Jura, an island which lies to the north of Islay in the Inner Hebrides.

Facts and information on Jura:

  • Extends to 142 sq miles comprising seven landed estates.
  • Resident population of 200 people and about 7000 Red Deer.
  • Home to bird life including raptors, especially buzzards and golden eagles.
  • Land is mainly peat bog and unsuitable for agriculture.
  • During period 1946-1950 the writer George Orwell used the remote cottage ‘Barnwell’ as a base to write ‘1984’.
  • Jura is famous for landscape features known as the Paps of Jura. These are steep-sided conical mountains on the western side of the island which rise to a height of  2575 feet.
  • Principal settlement is Craighouse where there is a hotel and distillery.
  • Access to Jura is by regular ferry from Port Askaig on Islay.
  • The name Jura may be derived from the Old Norse (Viking) for Deer Island.

Deer on landscape, Jura

Craighouse Harbour, Jura, Scotland

Jura Hotel

Craighouse, Jura

Jura Distillery

Sound of Islay from Jura

Jura landscape

Craighouse Parish Church, Jura, Scotland

Highland Cow, Jura, Scotland

Red Deer Stag, Jura, Scotland

Jura Ferry crossing Sound of Islay

Jura Ferry at Port Askaig, Islay

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