Jura, Scotland

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Gaelic name About this sound Diùra 
Norse name Dýr-ey/Hjǫrt-ey
Meaning of name Old Norse for 'deer island'
OS grid reference NR589803
Physical geography
Island group Islay
Area 366.92 km2 (142 sq mi)
Area rank 8 [1]
Highest elevation Beinn an Òir 785 m (2,575 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Argyll and Bute
Population 196[2]
Population rank 31 [1]
Population density 0.5 people/km2[2][3]
Largest settlement Craighouse
References see text

Jura [4] is an island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, just north-east of Islay. Compared with its fertile and more populous neighbour, Jura is mountainous, bare and infertile. It is covered largely by vast areas of blanket bog, hence its small population.[3][5] In a list of the islands of Scotland ranked by size, Jura comes eighth, whereas ranked by population it comes thirty-first. It is in the council area of Argyll and Bute.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2011 census
  3. 3.0 3.1 Haswell-Smith, Hamish 2004. The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate, p47. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7
  4. /ˈʊərə/ JOOR; Scottish Gaelic: Diùra [ˈtʲuːɾə]
  5. Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9