Paps of Jura

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The Paps of Jura () are three mountains located on the western side of island of Jura, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Their highest point is .

They are steep-sided quartzite hills with distinctive conical shapes resembling breasts. The word pap is an ancient word of Norse origin for the female 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.

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.

These hills were the subject of William McTaggart's 1902 masterpiece The Paps of Jura, now displayed in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.


  • Beinn an Òir (Gaelic: mountain of gold) is the highest hill on Jura, standing at , and is thereby a Corbett.
  • Beinn Shiantaidh (Gaelic: holy mountain) stands at high.
  • Beinn a' Chaolais (Gaelic: mountain of the kyle) is the lowest of the Paps, reaching .Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1841954543

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