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Jura

Jura (" deer island ") is an island of the inner Hebrides, the Fourth largest of the group, on the west coast of Argyllshire, Scotland. On the North it is separated from the island of Scarba by the whirlpool of Corrievreckan, caused by the rush of the tides, often running over 13 m. an hour, and sometimes accelerated by gales, on the Eeast from the mainland by the sound of Jura, and on the South and South West from Islay by the sound of Islay. At Kinuachdrach there is a ferry to Aird in Argyllshire, and at Faolin there is a ferry to Port Askaig in Islay. Its area is about 160 square miles, the greatest length is about 27 miles, and the breadth varies from 2 miles to 8 miles. The surface is mountainous and the island is the most rugged of the Hebrides. A chain of hills culminating in the Paps of Jura—Beinn-an-Oir (2571 ft.) and Beinn Chaolais (2407 ft.)— runs the whole length of the island, interrupted only by Tarbert loch, an arm of the sea, which forms an indentation nearly 6 miles deep and almost cuts the island in two.

Jura derived its name from the red deer which once abounded on it. Cattle and sheep are raised; oats, barley and potatoes are cultivated along the eastern shore, and there is some fishing. Granite is quarried and silicious sand, employed in glass-making is found. The parish of Jura comprises the islands of Balnahua, Fladda, Garvelloch, Jura, Lunga, Scarba and Skervuile.



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