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The Paps of Jura

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<b>The Paps of Jura</b>Posted by rockandyImage © rockandy
Nearest Town:Lochgilphead (38km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   NR497750 / Sheets: 60, 61
Latitude:55° 54' 10" N
Longitude:   6° 0' 17.45" W

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<b>The Paps of Jura</b>Posted by rockandy


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"Cross, on foot, a large plain of ground, seemingly improvable, but covered with a deep heath, and perfectly in a state of nature........After a walk of four miles, reach the paps (mountains in the centre of Jura): left the lesser to the south-east, preferring the ascent of the greatest, for there are three : Beinn-a-Chalaois, or 'the mountain of the sound'; Beinn Sheunta, or 'the hallowed mountain'; and Beinn-an-Oir, or 'the mountain of gold'."

Tour Of Scotland 1772
Thomas Pennant.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th October 2009ce


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The 'Paps' are a magnificent sight to behold. Not only do they dominate the Jura skyline, they also dominate most of Islay. Even though we were blessed with beautiful weather the Paps summits were mostly covered in clouds although they did occasionally permit us to see them in all their glory.

They must be difficult to climb but I imagine there must be an incredible view from the top? Top marks to anyone who achieves that feat!
Posted by CARL
31st July 2016ce

The energetic Pennant climbed Beinn an Oir, the highest of the Paps Of Jura, but he mentioned its near neighbour, Beinn Shiantaidh. This translates as the "Enchanted Mountain", or more precisely "the Mountain Defended by Enchantment". No archaeological information exists to confirm or deny its use as such, but the name strongly suggests that the mountain was important in the beliefs of the prehistoric peoples of lived on Jura. As Pennant notes, it is one of three grouped close together, and triplicity was thought to be spiritually powerful in the ancient world. And high places seemed to attract those who felt it was important to be near their sky-gods.

Alistair Moffat "Before Scotland"

Studying Pennants Tour Of Scotland 1772.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th October 2009ce
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Ascent of Bienn an Oir, Jura.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
11th February 2013ce
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