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
Highest point
Elevation2,575 ft (785 m)
ListingCorbett, Breast-shaped hills
LocationJura, Scotland
First ascentUnknown
Easiest routeFrom Craighouse
Beinn Shiantaidh from the south

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

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 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, Northern Ireland, and Malin Head.

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.

When viewed from Kintraw Argyll the midwinter sun briefly shines between two of the paps just before setting.

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


  • 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]


  1. ^ Paps of Jura Archived 2011-04-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "William McTaggart". Machrihanish Online. Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-04-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Kelvingrove Art Gallery". Retrieved 2007-04-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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