Beinn an Òir, Island
Of Jura, Scotland
Beinn an Òir (Gaelic: mountain of gold) is the highest peak of the Paps of Jura on the island of Jura, Scotland. It is the highest peak on the island, standing at 785 metres, and is thereby a Corbett. Beinn an Òir is frequently climbed along with the other two peaks forming the Paps: Beinn Shiantaidh and Beinn a' Chaolais. The most usual route for this ascent starts from the bridge over the Corran River, and Beinn an Òir is invariably the second peak to be climbed, regardless of which order of peaks is chosen for the route. Alternatively, it is possible to avoid the other two peaks and climb Beinn an Òir from either of the bealachs that separate it from its neighbours.
Island of Deer This work surveys Jura, one of the largest
of the Inner Hebrides. The barrenness of Jura's landscape has
meant that it has always had a smaller population than its neighbours,
and was often overlooked in affairs of the times. However, Jura
had its part to play through the centuries and, perhaps because
of its isolation, it has a fascinating story to tell of Campbell
domination, of the hardships endured by its people and of it
contribution to emigration. Youngson not only presents the broad
sweep of the island's history, from the Mesolithic period to
the present day, but also focuses on other aspects, such as
Jura's natural history and geography and the legends, poetry
and song produced by its inhabitants.
Islay and Jura The most westerly point of Argyll, Islay and Jura occupy a special place in Scotland's history, home to MacDonald, 'Lords of the Isles', as well as to the famous blend of Bowmore's Whisky Distillery. The fields and hills hold an abundance of wildlife, making it an ideal spot for farming, fishing and rambling, while its ruins speak of the impact of the nineteenth century's mass emigration and the clearances. Lord George Robertson brings his perceptive eye and lens to these different aspects of two of Scotland's most beautiful islands. This book forms part of a new series of images of Scotland's most beautiful scenery taken by some of its finest photographers. These books are not simply pictures of what we can see from our car window, nor simply misty landscapes but photography which gets to the heart of both the landscape and its human component. While covering all the main attractions in an area the photographers have sought out the quirky, the curious and the unknown to give a new dimension to a land we all thought we knew.
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