I am off on my travels to the Island of Jura a long drive on the West Coast and an early start tomorrow morning. I have been here before on two call – outs one many years ago where we slept in a cave after looking for a crashed aircraft that crashed in the sea in 1978. We searched the shore for classified wreckage from the aircraft and met many Islanders on a “Whisky galore situation” wild days.
|17-19/09/78||Isle of Colonsay/ Jura||Atlantic aircraft crashed into the sea and the crew were rescued. The team were tasked to search for wreckage. A night in the caves and a pub that shut just as we arrived.|
I have never climbed the Paps and the Corbett Beinn an Oir 784 metres. It is a fair few miles from home and our ferry. We are taking our bikes and I am sorting out my gear for the hill! Our timetable is short.
Jura is the wildest island in the inner Hebrides it is a vast area of rock, scree and blanket bog ( more then I remember) The terrain is without doubt rough ankle twisting rock and scree, or knee high grass, heather and bracken and travel can be painfully slow,but what a place to visit. We will see how things go?
The Ferry –
The Jura Passenger Ferry – or Shannick – is a Stormforce 11, the flagship of Redbay Boats in Ireland that offs the best that RIBs can offer. The deep V hull offers maximum stability and comfort with seating for 12 passengers and 2 crew.
The hrd top guarantees you’ll stay warm and dry with wrap around views letting you sit back and enjoy the ever changing views, wildlife and historical sites. This is a journey you wil never forget.
The Jura Passenger Ferry is run by the Jura Development Trust, a community-run charity dedicated to improving the quality of life on Jura and ensuring that we can influence future developments which will affect us all.
You can find out more at http://www.juradevelopment.co.uk
Depart Tayvallich -Situated at the head of Loch Sween, the idyllic village of Tayvallich is surrounded by spectacular scenery and is the perfect place for cycling and walking. Our ferry leaves – Mon 11th at 10 am
Return Craighouse – Tues 12th at 1515
Staying overnight and taking bikes.
Boat will cost £20 each way. The forecast is not great:
The Isle of Jura is one of Scotland’s last wildernesses. A little over 200 people are outnumbered by 3,500 deer on this stunning Scottish island.
The Southern Hebridean Isle of Jura can be found off the west coast of Scotland, a few miles north-east from Islay and separated by the fast flowing Sound of Islay. It borders on the east at the Sound of Jura with the Kintyre Peninsula and Knapdale Argyll on the other side. To the north the island of Scarba is Jura’s closest neighbour separated by the Strait of Corryvreckan with its famous whirlpool. To the west is the island of Colonsay.
The Isle of Jura is roughly the same size as Islay and its name is believed to originate from the Norse Island of the Deer. Despite its size Jura is only inhabited by approx. 200 people, who are outnumbered by the huge population of deer. Latest counts by gamekeepers show that Jura has almost 5,500 deer, making an encounter with one of these majestic animals inevitable when visiting Jura.
Beinn an Oir is the highest of the Paps of Jura. These punishing cones of scree are amongst the finest viewpoints in Scotland
Beinn an Oir can be climbed as part of the classic round of the three Paps of Jura – a very demanding route with rugged terrain and steep scree.
It can also be climbed singly, which still involves an extremely boggy approach, but uses a natural ramp across the east side to avoid the worst of the screes.
We are taking the bikes and it will be a long day when we arrive just after 1100 on Monday and hope to go straight on the hill after dropping our gear at the accommodation. These are tough hills and it will be along day. The weather is not looking great and we will see what happens as in all hill days nature rules.
The weather –
How windy? (On the Munros) West or northwesterly, strengthening from 10-15mph after dawn to 20 or 25mph afternoon. Westerly 15 to 20mph Small. Small Showers Drizzly showers: frequent some western mountains morning. In afternoon, showers may well become well scattered. . Shrouding summits all day Fog across the hills although the base will tend to rise. By afternoon, cloud base 300 to 650m western mountains and 450 to occasionally above 800m well inland. 10% Rare if any glimpses of sun. Fog across the hills throughout the day. 8C. Above the summits Showers Showers, frequent for periods some western mountains. Risk sleet highest summits. Extensive higher tops Cloud base will rise through morning. By late morning, on western hills, cloud rare below 500m but widely above 750m, whilst well inland, most cloud above 950m. 20% Only glimpses of sun. The air very clear, but visibility poor in rain, and fog widely higher areas. 5C Above the summits. Monday 11 July