Jura

The rugged, mountainous landscape of the island of Jura—home to only about 200 people—looms immediately east of Port Askaig, across the Sound of Islay: a perfect landscape for walkers. Jura has only one single-track road (the A846), which begins at Feolin, the ferry pier. It climbs across moorland, providing scenic views of the island's most striking feature, the Paps of Jura, three breast-shaped rounded peaks. The ruined Claig Castle, on an island just offshore, was built by the Lords of the Isles to control the sound. The island has no cash machines, so plan ahead.

Jura House lies between Feolin and Craighouse, the island's only village, some 8 miles away (its walled gardens are open to the public for part of the year). Jura's solitude attracted George Orwell to the remote farmhouse at Barnhill, where he completed his famous novel 1984.

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