Paps of Jura
|Paps of Jura|
Beinn an Òir (L) and Beinn Shiantaidh (R)
|Summit:|| 2,575 feet NR589803 |
Though there are three mountains, postcard photographs invariably show just two, which may be the exigencies of the photo frame but more probably to emphasise their remarkably breast-like shape which gives them their name.
The mountains are, in technical terms, steep-sided quartzite hills. They have distinctive conical shapes, resembling breasts. The Paps are conspicuous hills and 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, from Skye and County Antrim.
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.
Beinn an Òir
- Main article: Beinn an Òir
The name Beinn an Òir is Gaelic for mountain of gold. It stands at 2,575 feet; the highest of the mountains.
Beinn an Òir is frequently climbed along with the other two Paps; the most usual route for this ascent starts from the bridge over the Corran River, in which case Beinn an Òir is the second peak to be climbed, as the middle mount. To climb Beinn an Òir alone, one would start from either of the bealachs that separate it from its neighbours.
Beinn Shiantaidh is Gaelic for holy mountain. Beinn Shiantaidh is 2,477 feet high.
Lying to the east of Beinn an Oir, Beinn Shiantaidh may be the first mountain to be climbed in an attempt at all three Paps if approached from the track beyond Corra Bheinn or Loch an t-Sìob. Between Corra Bheinn and Beinn Shiantaidh are the pretty lochans known as Lochanan Tana.
Beinn a' Chaolais
Beinn a' Chaolais is Gaelic for mountain of the kyle. It is 2,408 feet high.
The southernmost of the Paps and the smallest, Beinn a' Chaolais forms the end of the triangle of the three, southwest of Beinn an Oir. Access is from the track from the western side of the island or from the well of the Corran River, which runs to the east.
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