Paps of Jura
|Paps of Jura|
Beinn an Oir on the left and Beinn Shiantaidh on right
|Elevation||2,575 ft (785 m)|
|Listing||Corbett, Breast shaped hills|
|Easiest route||From Craighouse|
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. 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.
When viewed from Kintraw Argyll the midwinter sun briefly shines between two of the paps just before setting.
- 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).
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