Paps of Jura

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Paps of Jura
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Beinn an Oir on the left and Beinn Shiantaidh on right
Elevation 785 m (2,575 ft)
Listing Corbett, Breast shaped hills
Location
Location Jura, Scotland
Climbing
First ascent Unknown
Easiest route From Craighouse
Beinn Shiantaidh from the south

The Paps of Jura (Scottish Gaelic: Sgurr na Cìche) are three mountains located on the western side of island of Jura, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Their highest point is 785 metres (2,575 ft).

They are steep-sided quartzite hills with distinctive conical shapes resembling breasts. The word pap is an ancient word of Old Norse origin for the female breast.[1] The Paps are conspicuous hills that dominate the island landscape as well as the landscape of the surrounding area. They can be seen from the Mull of Kintyre and, on a clear day, Skye and Northern Ireland.

One of the simplest routes of ascent starts from Craighouse. The route of the annual Isle of Jura Fell Race includes all three Paps and four other hills.

These hills were the subject of William McTaggart's 1902 masterpiece The Paps of Jura,[2] now displayed in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.[3]

Mountains[edit]

  • Beinn an Òir (Gaelic: mountain of gold) is the highest hill on Jura, standing at 2,575 feet (785 m), and is thereby a Corbett.
  • Beinn Shiantaidh (Gaelic: holy mountain) stands at 2,477 feet (755 m) high.
  • Beinn a' Chaolais (Gaelic: mountain of the kyle) is the lowest of the Paps, reaching 2,408 feet (734 m).[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paps of Jura
  2. ^ "William McTaggart". Machrihanish Online. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Kelvingrove Art Gallery". planetware.com. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  4. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1-84195-454-3

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Coordinates: 55°53′15″N 6°01′10″W / 55.88750°N 6.01944°W / 55.88750; -6.01944